LCEEQ Newsletter

June 2018

The LCEEQ Newsletter - Issue 041 - The It's Summer 2018 Edition

In this issue:

Time to Sharpen the Saw

Long awaited vacation time has arrived.

LCEEQ Members and their Well Being

Taking care of ourselves is a top priority...

Focus on Professional Development

Our PD Subcommittee report

Our Monthly Winner

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The LCEEQ Newsletter - Issue 041 - The It's Summer 2018 Edition

Time to Sharpen the Saw

Summer, summer, summer time

In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey reminds his readers of the importance of “sharpening the saw”, the need for self-renewal and self-care. Summer vacation is a time for you to do those things which reenergize you and give you joy, the habits that you have so little time to do during your busy work schedule.

This is the final edition of the Newsletter for the current year. Although the team will be taking a respite as well, we are always looking for ideas as to how to better serve our readers, so if you have suggestions over the summer months, please pass them along. Happy Summer!

Focus on Professional Development


Since its inception, the LCEEQ has maintained a Professional Development Subcommittee (PDSC) with the mandate of supporting professional development within the English-speaking Educational Community. The PDSC has been chaired by Elizabeth Therrien Scanlan, former teacher, Principal, and retired Executive Director of the Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS). Elizabeth was actively involved in the creation of LCEEQ, and as we enter our tenth year will be stepping down as Chair of the PDSC. We take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth for her many contributions to the LCEEQ in general, and especially to her leadership and dedication to professional development. Her wisdom and passion will certainly be missed. Aynsley Devine, a retired secondary teacher with the English Montreal School Board and a member of the Subcommittee since the outset has accepted to serve as Interim-Chair.

Click here to read the 2017-2018 PDSC Report.

The LCEEQ Looks to the Well Being of Its Own Members


As the LCEEQ enters its tenth year of existence it is embracing the concept of well being. The theme of Well-Being – Being Well is the focus for the upcoming February 2019 Annual Conference, for example. Presentation proposals are presently being accepted – more information is available on the LCEEQ website.

At the recent June meeting, the Committee highlighted the importance of well being by setting aside time to look at the needs of its own members. Dr. Nancy Heath of McGill University, ably assisted by Dana Carsley, one of her doctoral students, led the group in a session entitled, Mindfulness for Maximizing Potential and Managing Stress in Leadership Contexts. The session not only presented valuable information about the impact of stress in our schools but offered very practical strategies for the participants to use in their own highly stress-filled work environments.

Our May Winner

Monthly Winner

Joanne Malowany is the Principal at St. Edmund School for the Lester B. Pearson School Board. She enthusiastically reports that , “ I love my job and the variety of each day! During my spare time, I try to keep myself busy by following an active lifestyle. I enjoy running, and spending time outdoors. Nothing makes me happier than being in the sun. I also like to sneak away to different countries, when I have the chance, and explore what they have to share. The world is such an interesting place”.

As the LCEEQ prize winner for the month of May, she received a one-hundred-dollar gift certificate from Indigo/Chapters. This will help with some summer reading in the sun! You, too, can win by simply logging into your LCEEQ account on a regular basis. Winners are chosen at random so log in each month the better your chances.

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