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COTA October 25th, 2019 and February 21st, 2020 Professional Development Conferences

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison

I thought you might be interested to know what we have ahead for next year's conferences.

Our October Conference is one that you don't want to miss. Candy Palmater is one of Canada's best comedians. Her humour will bring you to tears of laughter while at the same time promoting a message of inclusion, equity, and hope. She is an advocate for education and her message will have us all reflecting on our practices.

Our February 21st, 2020 Conference is a Zonal Conference put on by all of the districts in our zone. This will be a great opportunity to see what others are doing as well as share what we do. A great day to collaborate with many of the teachers throughout the zone. Our guest speakers are Sheldon Kennedy, Andrew Baxter, and Dr, Ken Nedd.

COTA October 25th, 2019 Professional Development Day

Theme: Humour, Laughter, Learning, and Health

Keynote Speaker: Candy Palmater

Candy is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic. She is an, actor, writer, columnist, international speaker, activist, comedian and multiple award-winning TV and radio personality, and has executive produced three films on Mi'kmaw culture.

Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award-winning TV series, The Candy Show (APTN). She has a role on the Trailer Park Boys S10 (NETFLIX), appeared in Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada) and Sex and Violence (OutTV), and received a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for her role on Forgive Me (Superchannel). She's a Broadcaster with CBC Radio One where Candy has hosted: The Candy Palmater Show, Q, DNTO and appears on Because News and The Next Chapter. You can hear Candy’s voice as the Narrator of CBC TV series True North Calling, and was a Panelist on Canada Reads 2017.

Candy has written and hosted many broadcasts including Ab Day Live, the Indspire Awards, and the imagineNATIVE Film Fest Awards Show.

Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice Labour and Aboriginal law in a large corporate firm until show biz came knocking.

Before pursuing entertainment full time, Candy directed First Nations education for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade. She is currently working on a Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University and has taught in the Transition Year program at Dalhousie University.

Candy spends most of her time in airports and airplanes as she travels the globe speaking to audiences, large and small, about the power of love, kindness and self-acceptance. Candy believes we are more alike than different and that you can NEVER have too much Candy.

Candy has just signed a deal with Harper Collins. They will be publishing her first book in the spring of 2020.

Candy is currently taping Season One of her Podcast, Sweet Talk with Candy Palmater, that will be available on iTunes and on website by spring 2019. Be sure to subscribe to the website to not miss out on the first episode.

Times & Location

Keynote: 8:30am to 9:45am
Workshops: 10:00am to 11:45am
Lunch: 11:45am to 12:15pm
Workshops: 12:15pm to 2:00pm

Location: Mount Boucherie Secondary School
2751 Cameron Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6


COTA Members: no charge
SD#23 non-COTA members: $55.00
All Other Districts and Administrators: $90/full or part day

*no refunds

Programs in Professional Development brought to you by the Central Okanagan Teachers' Association

If you are interested in presenting at a COTA Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. We are taking applications for our October 25th, 2019 Conference. Due date is September 16th, 2019.

February 21st, 2020

Okanagan Zonal Professional Development Day

Theme: Mental Health

Keynote Speaker: Sheldon Kennedy


Andrew Baxter

Dr. Ken Nedd

Times & Location


Coffee and Welcome: 8:30am

Keynote: 9:00am to 10:30am
Workshops: 10:45am to 12:15am
Lunch: 12:15pm to 1:00pm
Workshops: 1:00pm to 2:30pm - mini sessions will run during this time slot as well (1/2 hour and 1 hour sessions)

Location: Rutland Senior Secondary and Rutland Middle School

705 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna, BC V1X 3B6


S.D. #19, #22, #23, #53, #58, #67, #74, #83 Teachers: no charge
SD#23 CUPE Members: $55.00
Others: $90/full or part day

*no refunds




If you are interested in presenting at the Okanagan Zonal Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. Indicate the February conference is the one that you would like to present at. Applications for February are due by December 5th, 2019. There will be four types of sessions: 2 hour long workshops, 1 1/2 hour workshops, and mini sessions of 1/2 hour or 1 hour. The mini sessions will work well for teachers who would like to showcase what they are doing. Please indicate in the comment section if you would like a mini session. Either 1 hour or 1/2 hour.

Programs in Professional Development brought to you by the Okanagan Teachers' Associations

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