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Here are the “Carried/Defeated” results for the resolutions’ portion from this year’s Annual General Meeting.  These are draft versions and are therefore for information purposes only.  The meeting minutes will be posted shortly.       
BCSS is pleased to announce that with Advanced Voting available to the membership for the first time in 2017, and recognizing that informed decision making is essential to the success and health of our association, will be hosting two webinars to review the Notices of Motion. These sessions will provide an opportunity for member school representatives to ask questions or seek clarification prior to submitting their Advanced Ballot.  The sessions will contain the same information and depending on the level of engagement we anticipate each session taking roughly 45-75 minutes. It is our hope that an administrator and/or athletic director of those interested schools can attend one of the following two sessions: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 11:45am (PDT) Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7:00pm (PDT) There is no registration required. To attend the sessions, simply visit the following link. (You may have to download a small “add-on” for your browser, and we encourage you to do so prior to the actual meeting, as we will be starting punctually.) https://meet48688562.adobeconnect.com/bcssagmprep/ You will be able to listen to the audio through the webinar, providing you have computer speakers. If your computer has a functioning microphone you will be able to ask questions directly as well, however, it may be easier for some to call into the conference line. Conference Line (Toll-Free): 1-855-392-2520 Participant Code: 3993967 We realize there are many schools who are unable to regularly attend the AGM due to the size of our province, and we hope that these webinars will allow you to cast your advanced votes with any questions you have answered. Please don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions regarding the webinars, or the upcoming AGM, on May 5-6. Jordan Abney Executive Director  
Athletics Canada & School Sport Canada Partner to improve High School Track in Canada Athletics Canada understands the importance of introducing and keeping involved in athletics. As a result, the Athletics Canada Foundation is pleased to announce funding for two scholarships for 2017 graduating high school student-athletes, as well as two other initiatives aimed at improving the state of high school track and field across Canada. “We are committed to promoting excellence and nuturing the development of young athletes. With this mission in mind, we are pround to announce the creation of the Athletics Canada Foundation Scholarship,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer. “Athletics Canada will continue fundraising efforts to ensure the Athletics Canada Foundation Scholarship becomes an annual opportunity for graduating student-athletes.” The $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female multi-sport athlete with a passion for athletics who is graduating from high school and committeed to continuing athletic and academic pursuits in Canada. Click here for more information about the scholarships. Athletics Canada’s commitment to supporting high school athletics does not end there. For the third year in a row, www.athleticscanada.tv will produce and webcast live coverage of the ASAA High School Track and Field Championships, B.C. High School Sport Track and Field Championships and OFSAA Track and Field and Cross Country Championships. In close partnership with School Sport Canada, Athletics Canada has also developed three Fundamentals of Athletics Learning E-Modules that are available at no cost to high school coaches across Canada. Fundamentals of Athletics Jumping Events, Throwing Evens and Track Events are available at www.schoolcoach.ca/courses.aspx
RE: AGM Package 2We are almost ready to go for the AGM on May 5 & 6, 2017. Package 2 can be accessed on the BCSS website, with links to the specific documents below. As per our Bylaws and the Societies Act, this package contains notice of the meeting and the resolutions to be considered at the AGM. Advanced voting pins and instructions will be sent out to member schools' principals on April 25, 2017. Advanced voting will be open from 12:00am on April 26 to 11:59pm on May 2. For more information about voting see the Voting Forms Document. Package 2 Contents (click on the documents below): Voting Forms Weekend Schedule Travel Information Agenda 2017 Standing Rules of Order 2016 AGM Minutes Reports Audited Financial Statements Appoitment of Auditor Resolutions Exraordinary Meeting Minutes - November 23, 2016 Thank you, we look forward to seeing you on May 5 and/or 6.Sincerely, Jordan AbneyExecutive Director BC School Sports
RE: AGM Package 1 Preparation has begun for the BCSS AGM weekend on May 5 & 6, 2017. Please note that the location of this year's AGM will be in Burnaby at Fortius Sport & Health. There are links to the specific documents below. Schedule 2017.pdf 2017 Voting Forms.docx 2017 Board Nominations.docx 2017 Resolution Information and Form.docx 2017 Travel Support Request.docx Awards Information   If you have any questions, please contact the BCSS office by email at info@bcschoolsports.ca or call 604-477-1488
Today marks the end of an era in amateur athletics in British Columbia; Howard Tsumura’s final day at the Province newspaper. Howard started at the Province in October 1990 with a passion for high school and university sports. He made it his life’s passion to showcase the incredible stories and talents of the young athletes across this province. He told of not just their results and successes, but their determination, sportsmanship and camaraderie. He wrote of the values and benefits of educational based athletics and the positive impacts on a school or community. On a daily basis, Howard brought to life a world where so many of us once participated, and nostalgically, often wish we could return. As the only full-time amateur sport beat writer in Canada, Howard delivered day after day to his invested readers. Whether it be his weekly rankings, his Head of the Class feature or the great human interest stories he told, Howard elevated school sport to the same pages as the Canucks, Whitecaps, and Lions. He brought pride to our schools, and raised the profiles of our athletes. We know this isn’t a good-bye, as there will be a next chapter in Howard’s story. However, as we reach the end of this chapter we would be remiss not to say thank you. Thank you for your tireless work and dedication to telling our stories. Thank you for advocating for amateur sport and the amazing people within it. We look forward to seeing what comes next, and working with you wherever we can. We wish you the best of luck. We will be watching… and as usual, reading. 
Submissions to Competitive Standards are due January 16, 2017. Please email the attached word template to info@bcschoolsports.ca.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in 2016 BCSS Fall Sports! Check out our 2016 Fall Provincial Champions!
Check out the December 2016 BCSS Newsletter! Happy Holidays!
Stakeholders,  BCSS held an Extraordinary Meeting on November 23, 2016. It is with happiness, we inform you that the membership voted unanimously to replace the BCSS Bylaws with those that were proposed in the meeting package. The vote was 118 votes for, with zero against. Please see the attached memo.  
The BC Sport Conference, a one-day multi-sport coaching conference held on Saturday, January 14th 2017. It is designed to help coaches perform at their best level for each athlete and team that they work with. The conference is bundled together with optional sport-specific Coaching Symposium (Sunday, January 15th), making for a full weekend of professional development. Presented by Volleyball BC, BC Sport Conference will feature top coaches, athletes, and consultants who have worked and excelled at the provincial, national, and international levels. The lineup of 2017 speakers includes:   Ryan Walter, Stanley Cup Champion and former NHL coach. Keynote speaker Steve Gutzler, author and leader on emotional intelligence and personal transformation Roger Friesen, sport psychologist for University of Fraser Valley and Cycling Canada David Hill, National Coaching Certification (NCCP) developer and alpine ski and rugby coach Tom Black, Assistant coach for U.S Women’s Volleyball Team for 2012 & 2016 Olympics Coaches will receive lunch, 3 NCCP professional development credits, and an opportunity to network with coaches of different sports from across BC.  
Dear BCSS Member Schools and Stakeholders: Re: Extraordinary Meeting Package       As per the Bylaws of BC School Sports, please accept this as official notice of the calling of an Extraordinary Meeting called by the Board of Directors.   The meeting has been scheduled for November 23, 2016 at 7:00pm.  The meeting will be held at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex – West. The Meeting Package can be accessed online at the BCSS website, with the links to the specific documents below. Please note, as per our Bylaws, registration to vote will be open until 6:30pm. Those wishing to vote or carry proxies, must be signed in by 6:30. The purpose of this meeting being called is to present and pass updated Bylaws of the Association before the Societies Act changes come into effect on November 28th, 2016.   To conduct business, we will need to meet our quorum which has 20% of the membership (roughly 90 schools) and a representative from each of the 7 zones. The date of this meeting has been chosen to coincide with AA and AAA soccer provincials, in the hope that it will be easier to get a representative from each zone here. Please review the information carefully, and submit your proxy to the appropriate person. If you anticipate additional expenses to have your coach or association representative attend the meeting, please contact the office and we will work to make sure all zones and associations are represented.  The Meeting will be held at Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex-West (3677 Kensington Ave, Burnaby).  Agenda.pdf Summary of Major Changes to Proposed Replacement Bylaws.pdf Proposed Bylaws Fall 2016 - Combined Adv Voting and Proxy - FINAL.pdf Constitution & Bylaws 2016 Sept 6.pdf (Current Bylaws) Burnaby Lake Sports Complex Map.pdf Voting-Proxy Information Sheet.pdf Voting Forms.docx Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you on November 23.   Jordan Abney Executive Director BC School Sports
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At the recent Board of Directors Meeting, your Board passed a motion calling for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Membership with the intent of presenting and passing updated Bylaws for the Association. The Details for the meeting are as follows: Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016Time: 7:00pmLocation: Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex - West (3677 Kensington Ave, Burnaby)
BCSS Fall Council Meetings will take place Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West (3677 Kensington Ave, Burnaby BC). Please see the attachments below for further information. Agenda October 2016 - Fall Council Meetings.pdf Sport Commission & Athletic Association Minutes 2016 May.pdf [[{"fid":"2942","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"2950","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"2951","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-default"}}]]
RE: Tragic passing of Shakir Salaam from Clayton Heights Secondary On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, member schools and the entire school sport community, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of Shakir Salaam who passed away on Friday at the age of 16. It is clear he was an extraordinary young man who chose to consistently focus on the positive and had a wonderful impact on those he came in contact with.Our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and students at Clayton Heights Secondary, especially his rugby teammates, a sport that he loved and in which he excelled, as they grieve this tragedy. Please know that you have the support of the entire school sport community during this incredibly difficult time.   [[{"fid":"2926","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":47,"width":194,"class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Jordan AbneyExecutive DirectorBC School Sports
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