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February Pro-D

February 12th, 2021

Okanagan Zonal Professional Development Day 

Theme: Coping in a Time of COVID

Featured Speakers

Steven Page

Iconic Musician

Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingly honest speaker, Page continues to earn his rightful place in our national conversation.

Page spent over two decades with The Barenaked Ladies, writing and co-writing hit songs such as "The Old Apartment,” "If I Had $1000000,” and "Brian Wilson,” among dozens of others. Along the way, the band earned accolades from all over the world, sold millions of albums, received two Billboard Awards, and six Juno Awards. In 2018, the band, along with Page, were Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the JUNO Awards Hall of Fame.

As an independent artist, Page has released five solo albums, including his most recent, Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt.2. Since the spring of 2020, with traditional live events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Page has been hosting weekly live streams from his home.

Page has also collaborated on two albums and has toured with Toronto’s eclectic Art of Time Ensemble, and he has written six theatrical scores for the Stratford Festival. Together with Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Daniel McIvor, Page has co-written a musical, Here’s What It Takes.

In addition, Page has also spoken at TEDx Toronto, and traveled North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater.


Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.

Dr. Kang is currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia and has made promoting wellness a priority. She is also the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-Ready Leaders — an organization that offers positive mindset and social-emotional life skills programs to students, teachers, and parents around the world — and CEO of Spark Mindset.

A thought leader, Kang has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and The Washington Post. Her featured blogs can be found in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and TIME magazine. She is also the host of “Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang” on YouTube.

Kang is also the author of The Self-Motivated Kid, and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which is a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her latest book, The Tech Solution, provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.

An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times.

Kang has been honored with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service.

Dr. Bathseba Opini

Dr. Bathseba Opini is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, UBC Vancouver. She trained as a high school teacher and has worked in the K-12 system in Canada and internationally. Currently, she teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education. She also mentors teacher candidates during practicum. Her interests are in critical race and antiracist education, disability studies, teaching and practice, and teacher education. She is currently leading a project on antiracism in teacher education funded by the teaching and learning enhancement fund, UBC.

Dr. Ken Nedd

Medical Practitioner in Stress, Anxiety and Behavioral Medicine Author of the bestsellers Power Over Stress and The Time To Be Happy Is Now. International speaker named one of the Top 10 Speakers in America by the American Society of Association Executives. Leading expert on transforming stress into happiness.

Times & Location

Keynote:       9:00am to 10:30am
Workshops: 10:45am to 12:15pm
Lunch:          12:15pm to 1:00pm
Workshops: 1:00pm to   2:30pm

Location: Virtual


S.D. #17,#19, #22, #23, #53,  #67, #83 Teachers: no charge (Click here to register)
SD#23 CUPE Members (support staff): no charge (SD#23 will look after)
SD#53 CUPE Members (support staff): no charge (SD#53 will look after)
UBCO Interns/Candidates: UBCO covers

Others: All Other Districts and Administrators: $70/full or part day

*no refunds 

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If you are having problems registering, watch the video or follow the directions below. Here is a link to open video in its own window

 Directions on how to register:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click on Tickets

Step 3: Choose a ticket from the group you belong to. Select 1 then click on check out.

Step 4: Fill in your first and last name. Use your District email if you have one. Then click on Register.

Step 5: Mouse over the session you would like to attend and click on Add to MySched. You can change the format of the Schedule to Simple (session titles and presenter names) or Expanded (descriptions as well).

Step 6: Repeat for other sessions. You can only select one session per time slot.

Step 7: Click on Saved to my Sched.

Step 8: You can print, download and email yourself your schedule. If you email it, you may have to unjunk it in your mailbox.

View the February 12th, 2021 Zonal Professional Development Day Conference schedule & directory.



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