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National Coaches Week celebrates the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach. With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. For more information on events happening in your region, visit www.coach.ca/nationalcoachesweek or contact your Provincial or Territorial Coaching Representative.
Check out the September 2017 Newsletter! September 2017 Newsletter If you have any questions please call 604-477-1488 or email info@bcschoolsports.ca  
The 2017-2018 BCSS Handbook is now published and interactive! Check it out here: 2017-2018 Handbook   Also, see our new 2017-2018 calendar as well: 2017-2018 Calendar
Check out the BCSS June Newsletter!
The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum invites nominations for its Twenty-second Annual Jack Farley Youth Sports Achievement Award.  
Please see the attached Job Posting for the CIAAA Program Manager.
BC School Sports Request for Proposal: Due June 13th, 2017 until 4:00 PM PDT The Board of Directors of BC School Sports (BCSS), on behalf of the membership is launching a strategic planning process for the organization that will define its direction for the next five years. The successful consultant will design, and facilitate a process to solicit input from a range of stakeholders representing the diversity of the membership and the uniqueness of the organization.
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.  

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