Your Story, Our Future

As a system leader, share a short story of how a CASS member colleague made a difference in your professional practice.

As a system leader, share a short story of how a CASS member colleague made a difference in your professional practice.

Your Story, Our Future

As a system leader, share a short story of how a CASS member colleague made a difference in your professional practice.

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  • Hard to Choose

    by scott.morrison, 11 months ago

    I’m happy to say I have many CASS colleagues who have had an impact on me. Gary Strother, Bevan Davern, and Andrea Holowka stand out. When I became a Chief Superintendent, I didn’t really want a mentor. I was arrogant enough to think I could do it on my own. However, I didn’t want to confirm my arrogance in the eyes of others, so I agreed to participate. My only request was to pick my mentor. I had come to know Gary Strother causally through the CCSSA, and he had gifts I admired and respected…a charismatic connector. He kept the... Continue reading

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  • Leadership Through Collaboration and Advocacy - Andrea Holowka

    by andrea.holowka, 11 months ago

    After being hired by Gary Strother into a superintendent role in 2014, he strongly encouraged me to participate fully in CASS. Although I was surrounded by immense superintendent knowledge and experience in my own school division, I did as he suggested and committed to attending mentorship sessions, zone meetings and annual conferences. I quickly learned the value of learning from colleagues from across the province and understanding the commonalities of our challenges as well as gleaning knowledge and processes that were effective in other boards for use in my own practice. Most importantly, I learned from a dear Zone 5... Continue reading

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  • Quiet Impact - by Greg Miller

    by Greg Miller, 11 months ago

    After starting my career in British Columbia, I was given the opportunity come to Alberta in 2004 when our current Executive Director, David Keohane hired me as the Principal of a Dual Track French Immersion School with Holy Spirit in Lethbridge. David was just starting his 5-year tenure as Superintendent of Holy Spirit, and I particularly remember how welcome he and his team made me feel at my interview and when I arrived after being hired. During the time I spent with David, I learned several lessons, in particular the importance of being present to those you serve and always... Continue reading

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  • CASS Mentorship

    by rita.marler, 11 months ago
    When I was new to my role as superintendent, I signed up for the mentorship program in CASS. Chris Smeaton became my mentor and friend. He was welcoming and had some great wisdom to share with me. It was the beginning of creating a network of CASS colleagues which is such an important aspect of being a system leader.

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