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I was invited to San Francisco earlier this month to become certified as an instructor in a course called “Innovative Thinking". I also spent a day with innovation guru John Kao, whose company called Edgemakers provides the Innovative Thinking course.

For the past 10 years or so, it has been with delight that I have watched the students arrive to see a new addition of one sort or another all ready for them to explore. Most often it has been in the form of bricks and mortar. Yes, - beautiful new facilities for them to enjoy. In particular, it was great to observe our...

One of the most successful start-ups in history, and it's not even close!I have always felt rather strongly that when you assemble a group of dedicated professionals and create synergy, almost anything is possible.  The Las Vegas Golden Knights are an incredible example of this.For those not familiar, the Golden Knights are an expansion (new) team that is completing their first season in the National Hockey League, and have just qualified for the finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.   Win or lose, this has been one of most impressive sports stories of all time.  I can see the movie now, perhaps…

I believe that the term, "it is what it is," is overused.Far too often I hear individuals, and sometimes students, use this expression. The term, "it is what it is," should be reserved for unique situations where external stimuli or behaviour have little or no chance of making a difference. If you are half way up a steep hill of which you need to summit, then "it is what it is," and you have no choice but to march on and complete your climb. Other "it is what it is," examples might include a scorching hot day, a terrestrial downpour or an unfortunate health diagnosis. Even in those situations,…

A Vibrant and Inclusive Academic Community"Carefully watching as we grow..."When I arrived to Kelowna and Aberdeen Hall in 2006, we were located in a little, defunct public school building about a kilometer from here.  It was the beginning of the summer, and the list of 90 committed students had tapered off to about 70, so I spent my first few weeks calling families and working to convince them to give the school one more year. At the time, we didn't have impressive facilities, nor did we have any history behind us.  What we did have was a compelling vision, and an unwavering commitment to building…

Aberdeen Hall's spirit-of-service is incredible! It is amazing how our community has been able to create such a tremendously positive atmosphere.In 20+ years of working at independent schools, the "12 Days of Cheer" is one of the most powerful volunteer initiatives that I have ever seen.  For the third year in a row, approximately 30 parent volunteers have organized morning treats for over 90 faculty and staff.This volunteer effort is second to none.  Over the past two and half weeks, volunteers have arrived every school day well before 8AM and provided items such as fresh fruit, pastries, chocolate,…