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>>>>>> PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
Of Resolutions and Resiliency
BY REN MORLEY
Ahh, spring! Spring has sprung and the dafEDITOR'S NOTE: Ren Morley
is the BCSCA's past president.
New president Dave Mackenzie
was elected at the AGM in
expand the limits
of our efficacy, or
we can disqualify
fodils has riz! Questionable grammar for sure, but
you get the idea. New life, new ideas, newfound
optimism and energy. Whoa! Here's the caveat -
personal choice, or the foundational term for
counsellors, options. And, as is so often the case,
as counsellors we begin with students by helping
them to become aware of their options, and to
become aware that it's within their power to
choose to act upon their options.
So, one might ask, what does increased awareness and personal power have to do with new
energy and budding optimism? In a word, it is
about resiliency. In this age of real and pseudo
options, just as we challenge our students, we
need to challenge ourselves to identify and assess
our options. And once we know our choices, we
will discover ways to build upon the resiliency we
know we have, even if it is hiding in the shadows
of self-doubt and pessimism.
Over the next year we will be given choices as
one of 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs)
to join with other PSAs in actions that advocate
for counsellors and other specialists to have a role
in promoting the mental health of our students.
We will be asked to find ways through our Local
Specialist Associations (LSAs) of making strong
professional connections with our newer and often
younger colleagues, connections that will better
equip them and ourselves to advocate for all specialist services. And we will be asked to join with
our colleagues in other specialist areas to celebrate
our roles as educators in BC's Public Schools.
As counsellors we are equipped to make the
choice to approach our lives and work with an
optimistic attitude balanced with a realistic perception of our circumstances, and an awareness of the
personal and professional resources available to us
to move even the most problematic situations
toward positive outcomes.
We can choose to take bold actions that challenge
and expand the limits of our efficacy, or we can
disqualify ourselves and remain impotent by cloaking ourselves in excessive modesty and caution.
We can engage with opportunities, or we can
choose avoidance and apathy.
As counsellors we are privileged to possess
the tools and the skills that enable us to facilitate
both individual and societal positive change if we
choose to make use of these talents and abilities.
For many of us, the true beginning of the New
Year is the arrival of spring. Over the remainder
of this year we will all encounter opportunities to
become change agents professionally, socially,
and - dare I say it? - politically. For many of us
the New Year is a time for resolutions. So it's natural
that we should proclaim, if only to ourselves, "This
is my year to express my resiliency by engaging
with others in creating positive social change!"
Then, just as we joined with others, professionals
and para-professionals alike last summer, let's continue the advocacy that earned such strong public
support across BC. This is the kind of grassroots
resiliency that will bring about lasting social and
Happy spring, colleagues!
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