May 2018 News and Events
Thirty-Two Years of Faithful Service at SCSBC
Jean DeVries began working for the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia as the part-time administrative assistant in May 1986. For 32 years she has faithfully served at SCSBC, working with all five of our leaders: Harro Van Brummelen, John Vanderhoek, Lee Hollaar, Henry Contant and Ed Noot. She has proven to be an adaptable presence throughout these leadership transitions.
Over these years, Jean’s workspace has included a desk in a storage cupboard at Langley Christian School, a working office in John’s basement, and three different locations on the TWU campus – first in a trailer by the gym, then in the Vernon Strombeck building and finally in the newly-built Fosmark Centre.
When Jean started at SCSBC, her IBM Selectric typewriter and the office Gestetner were state of the art. Jean has overseen the transition to email, SurveyMonkey, online conference registration, PayPal, websites and SharePoint. Through all of the changes over 32 years, some things have remained constant: Jean’s passionate commitment to Christian education; her servant heart; her dedication and strong work ethic; her steady and cheerful presence in our office; and her wise counsel. Jean’s service to the cause of Christian education in BC has been exemplary and the SCSBC board, staff and community offer our deep thanks and heartfelt wishes for a marvelous retirement. – Ed Noot
New Executive Assistant
The SCBC is pleased to announce that Carolynne Tolsma has been hired as our new Executive Assistant. Carolynne comes to us with a BA in History from King’s University, a certificate in event planning from the Tourism Training Institute and a Leadership Development Certificate obtained through the Christian Reformed Classis in the areas of theology and ministry. With over twenty years of administrative and event planning experience, including time as the administrative assistant at Fraser Valley Christian High School and as the publications assistant for the SCSBC, Carolynne is excited to now serve in an administrative capacity at SCSBC. Her position started at the beginning of April, 2018.
In April 2018, SCSBC held Coding and Computational Thinking professional development days in three locations around the province to help teachers integrate computational thinking in all areas of curriculum. Exposure to software and robotics coding is one method among many for nurturing and growing students’ ability to think computationally.
For the Love of Your Child – the Movie!
Since 1981, SCSBC has provided our schools with the foundational booklet, For the Love of Your Child, conceived by our first coordinator, Harro Van Brummelen. Building on that model, we have completed a new promotional tool that reflects our current Christian education landscape in a format appealing to today’s families.
To view this six-minute video, visit vimeo.com/255822606