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February Pro-D

February 24th, 2017
Zonal Professional Development Day

Theme: Making Connections 12

Keynote Speaker: Joseph Boyden

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Award-Winning Novelist

Keynote: One Writer's Life:

In this engaging talk, at times funny, at times difficult, Joseph Boyden discusses his life to date as a writer. He'll share stories of real life inspirations and secrets of his craft, reading short passages from some of his bestselling and award-winning novels to highlight his tales. One of Canada's most successful authors, Boyden is also an inspiring speaker, sure to send educators back into the classroom with a renewed sense of creativity.

Joseph’s award-winning writing career has had a strong focus on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples. He is best known for his books Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce, which won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Orenda, which was named the winner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2014. Joseph’s work reflects the perils and inner strengths of marginalized groups.




Aboriginal Speaker – Motivational, Educational, Inspirational


Candy is a powerful key note speaker both internationally and nationally, with the ability to captivate the audience with both humour and solemn emotion. As one of Canada’s key note speakers, her unique ability to deliver a powerful key note speech is one of a kind. Candy can speak about Gay Rights, Native Rights, Power of Language, and Diversity. Currently, Candy has been on a campaign speaking to high schools and junior high schools about Anti-Bullying and the power of Language. She receives emails from parents, young people, teachers, and Principals weekly about Candy’s mission to help young people stay in school message.





Times & Location

Keynote:       8:30am to 10:00am
Workshops: 10:15am to 12:15am
Lunch:          12:15pm to 12:45pm
Workshops: 12:45pm to   2:45pm
and Keynote

Location: George Elliot Secondary School
10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Winfield, BC

Registration SD#23
All Others - You can sign in as a guest or create an account


S.D. #23, #19,  #22: no charge
SD#23 non-COTA members: $35.00
All Other Districts: $90/full or part day

Accomodation: Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport
Special COTA Rate of $119.00 until January 24th. After that date will be upon availability

Click here for Online Hotel Registration



If you are interested in presenting at the next COTA Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. Deadline: May 7th, 2017

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