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Strategic Framework 2025

We are delighted to be sharing with you our new strategic plan, WIC2025. In this document, we outline our aspirations for the future and introduce our renewed vision, mission, values, strategic goals and priorities that will guide our work at the College for the next five years (2020-2025). Please find the Strategic Framework 2025 by clicking here.

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Au Courant Magazine

This edition of the Au Courant looks back on the 2019/2020 school year. While there may be the inclination to look back on that year and see the many trials and tribulations we faced, it was also a year of many successes. It is these successes we would like to focus on and remember, so please, take a moment to look through the magazine as we look to celebrate many of the wonderful things our community accomplished.

 

To view the Au Courant magazine, click here.

 

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Poetry in Voice

It is our great honor “notre grand honneur” to announce that Kira Airey - Grade 8 French Immersion, has been named one of the Canada’s top junior reciters in Poetry in Voice's 2021 junior recitation online competition, in the French stream.

Kira Airey is the only Alberta student to have won and came second out of 10,000 participating students from over 1,300 schools across Canada.

 

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Fireside Chat with Jack A. Grant

We are truly saddened to hear about the passing of Jack A. Grant. As a community, we are truly saddened to hear of this and wish to remember him and honour his memory.
 
Always a wise and guiding force, Mr. Grant was the longest-standing Headmaster of WIC and one of the primary visionaries of the College from its humble beginnings in 1982. WIC would not be the educational institution it is today without Mr. Grant’s ideas and efforts and, for these, we are profoundly grateful. 

Most recently, this past spring, we were fortunate to have Mr. Grant come back to the school campus for a visit. While here, he sat down for a fireside chat, where he impressed us with his incredible memories and profound insights; he told us all about the inception of WIC and his time here. To view a transcript of this conversation, please click here.

Our sincere condolences go out to Mr. Grant's family. His remarkable legacy will live on through his family, our community, and his immeasurable contributions to West Island College.

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Anti-Racism Message from our Interim Head of School

WIC Community, 
  
The recent murder of George Floyd, the call of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the unprecedented turnout at the anti-racism protests have moved and rallied us to make a commitment to prioritize anti-racism in our community. 

We recognize that we need to work more effectively to foster a diverse and inclusive community.  As such, we are committed to a continued and deeper learning about anti-racism in our students, faculty and staff.
  
We acknowledge the delay in sending out a communication on this matter. We wanted to first take the time to listen, reflect, and commit to changes and action within our community. We have heard from our students, parents, and alumni. We are listening to them express that, as a school, we should take stronger action to address our own practices. The faculty and staff met this week to discuss our commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in our immediate school community and our extended community. We shared our thoughts, questions, and emotions, and we discussed what we could be doing to better confront racism and advance equity and inclusion at West Island College. 
  
We commit to continued learning and discussion over the coming weeks and months to address racism and advance equity and respect at West Island College. As our knowledge evolves, so too will our growth and learning as a community and with that an evolution of curriculum and school practices.    
 
We welcome further discussion and any contributions you may have as we continue to tackle this important work together. We have included some resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff that may be helpful as we work to create positive discussion and change. 
 
Sincerely,

Gord Goodwin 
Interim Head of School 
West Island College 
 
Resources: 
 
Resources for Parents, Teachers and Young Adults on Racism and Color
Anti-Racism Resource List
Anti-Racism Resources and Black-Focused Groups to Support in Calgary

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