News and Updates
February 7, 2018

February 28th Is Pink Shirt Day

Join schools across BC in support of the anti-bullying movement

February 28th, 2018 is Pink Shirt Day. Wear pink on February 28th and join schools across BC in support of the anti-bullying movement! The theme for Pink Shirt Day this year is cyberbullying. You can learn more about cyberbullying on the Pink Shirt Day website, on the ERASE Bullying website, and on the MediaSmarts website.

There are many opportunities for schools to create positive learning environments for students. Consider incorporating anti-bullying and positive mental health programming into the formal and informal curriculum at your school or during extracurricular time. To support your participation in this important day, please see below for a list of anti-bullying and positive mental health resources for use in the school environment:

ERASE Bullying is a comprehensive and multipronged approach to promoting positive mental health and wellness, and to prevent bullying and violent behaviour in schools. The strategy includes a coordinated approach involving schools, families, and community partners. The website provides parents and students with helpful tips and advice on how to address bullying and includes a confidential online reporting tool for youth to report bullying.

The WITS Program brings schools, families and communities together to create responsive environments that help children deal with bullying and peer victimization. There are two components: the WITS Primary Program (Kindergarten to Grade 3) and the WITS LEADS Program (Grades 4 to 6).

The JCSH Positive Mental Health Toolkit is an online resource that promotes positive mental health practices and perspectives within a school environment. The toolkit is designed to help schools and communities apply their strengths to foster positive growth and development of children and youth.

RespectED: Beyond the Hurt is a Canadian Red Cross youth-facilitated program targeted at bullying and harassment prevention among children aged 11 and over.

 is an empowerment program where facilitators offer skills for choosing healthy relationships, strategies to prevent bullying and harassment and techniques for de-escalating verbal, physical and emotional violence. Most importantly, the program cultivates empowerment, self-determination, critical thinking and self-esteem in children and youth.

Additional anti-bullying and positive mental health resources are available on the Healthy Schools BC website.

Wear pink on February 28th and encourage your school community to do the same. Click here for information on ways you can participate in Pink Shirt Day. Follow Pink Shirt Day on Instagram, on Twitter, and on Facebook and use the #PinkShirtDay hashtag on social media to share your stories and photos if your classroom or school participates in Pink Shirt Day this year.

You can find out more about Pink Shirt Day here.

February 7, 2018

DASH BC Announcement

New Executive Director for DASH BC

The Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH BC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Faye Willick has accepted the position of Executive Director at DASH BC.

Faye will be leading the DASH BC team and actively engaging with funders and partners as she familiarizes herself with the work that DASH BC does across the province.

Faye comes to DASH BC with a wealth of knowledge and experience that spans various sectors, including education, health, and business. Her academic background consists of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) along with a Master in Business Administration (MBA). The trajectory of her career path has taken her from being a secondary school physical education teacher focusing on lifelong health and well-being, to a college instructor, to management and administrative roles, to consultation roles, and finally to a business owner.

Through her various roles and careers, Faye has gained extensive experience with program planning, design, and implementation, strategic planning, policy development, financial management, human resource management, and board governance. Faye values relationships and collaboration and has had numerous opportunities to form partnerships with various stakeholders including the government, First Nations, non-profit organization, and many others. She has also had experience working within the health sector on various projects and initiatives, specifically with Northern Health and Interior Health.

Faye’s values, along with her passions for student success, health and well-being, and quality improvement align well with those of DASH BC.

As of February 6th, 2018, Faye can be reached at the DASH BC offices at 604-681-0600.

Please help us in welcoming Faye to the DASH BC in the role of Executive Director.

February 7, 2018

Action Schools! BC Physical Literacy Mentorship Program

Support for educators through coaching and collaboration and by providing job-embedded support, guidance, tools and resources

Build knowledge and skill sets to improve confidence to deliver quality physical literacy programming, a key component of the BC Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum. Educators will be supported by Action Schools! BC Physical Literacy Mentors, through job-embedded support, coaching, collaboration, guidance, tools and resources.

Physical literacy is defined by
Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities. Physically literate individuals are able to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.

The Action Schools! BC Mentorship Program:

Educators know that skills are developed over time, with new skills building on existing ones. The Action Schools! BC Mentorship Program uses that approach to enhance the skills of educators, supporting them to confidently incorporate food literacy and physical literacy in their classrooms and schools.

These programs provide multiple sessions where experienced mentors work with educators in their classrooms and schools to strengthen their skills, using up-to-date materials that reflect the new BC curriculum. These programs are designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional practices with the intent of improving student learning and health literacy.

The Physical Literacy Mentorship Program:

Action Schools! BC can connect your school with Physical Literacy Mentors who will provide educators with multi-session job-embedded training. The Physical Literacy Mentorship Program aims to build the capacity of elementary educators and schools by:

  • Building skills through coaching, facilitation, and job-embedded professional development;
  • Providing targeted support, guidance, and relevant tools/resources to implement the new Physical and Health Education curriculum;
  • Building confidence and capacity to deliver quality physical education classes which support the development of physical literacy; and
  • Contributing to the professional learning community of the school.

Physical Literacy Mentors meet face-to-face with individual educators for four 30-45 minute scheduled sessions: one planning session and three modeled learning experiences that develop fundamental movement skills, which form a foundation towards developing physical literacy.  

You can learn more about the Physical Literacy Mentorship Program here. If you are interested in signing up for a mentorship, please email

February 7, 2018

February 11th to 17th Is Real Acts of Caring Week

Classrooms and schools that support kindness-based approaches are able to improve feelings of school connectedness

Celebrate Real Acts of Caring Week at your school from February 11th to 17th, 2018. Real Acts of Caring (RAC) began at Central Community Elementary School in 2005 and has spread all over the Coquitlam School District, as well as to other school districts in BC.

RAC is focused on doing something kind for another person and expecting nothing in return. Using RAC in the classroom and participating in Real Acts of Caring Week will inspire and empower your students with kindness skills that prompt them to act kindly towards others and to share kindness around.

Students who are taught about RAC and other kindness-based approaches learn ways to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, kindness-based approaches in the classroom have been shown to have a positive effect on social-emotional learning, attitudes towards self and others, social behaviours and academic performance while decreasing bullying, conduct problems and emotional distress. Classrooms and schools that support these kinds of approaches enable both academic and social-emotional learning and create kind, safe places where students are empowered to become compassionate and responsible citizens while improving feelings of school connectedness

Teaching about kindness and kindness-based approaches and celebrating Real Acts of Caring Week in your classrooms and schools is a great way to make a positive difference in the lives of students, staff, families and members of the wider community. Ideas for lessons on kindness can be accessed from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and from Edutopia. For additional information on RAC and its effects on school connectedness, check out this video by Maple Creek Middle School.

You can learn more about Real Acts of Caring Week here.