GCABC President’s Report 2017-2018

by Lucila Saito

For those of you who missed the Annual General Meeting of the GCABC on Sep 19, 2018, the president’s report of the previous fiscal year can instead be read below.

GCABC Accomplishments
It was a productive year for the GCABC. Early on, the board decided to focus on bringing Dr. James Webb to BC for a multi-day conference in Vancouver. In addition, a priority has been to expand our communication channels, by starting Facebook and Twitter profiles.

The executive worked on the following tasks:

  • Events
    • Partnered with the Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts group (LMGC) to run the “Power Up Potential” conference with Dr. James Webb, leading the planning and organization of the three-day conference for educators, psychologists, counsellors, and parents – April 2018, Coquitlam (hosted by SD43), Vancouver (hosted by Adler University), and Surrey (hosted by SD36). Altogether, almost 300 people attended the 3 days of events!
    • Held the AGM – September 2018, Richmond (hosted by Choice School for the Gifted).
  • Advocacy
    • Participated in the on-going Public Education Funding Review, by meeting with Patricia Kovacs, Inclusive Education Director, submitting a written report, and speaking with the Independent Panel Chair about concerns and suggestions to better serve the gifted population.
    • Sent a written report about the status of gifted education in BC to the Canadian delegate for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC).
    • Gave an interview about the status of gifted education in BC to TEACH magazine (national magazine for K-12 educators)
  • Website/Communication
    • Created a Facebook account “Gifted Children’s Association of BC- GCABC”
      • Followed by 246 people
      • Liked by 200 people
    • Created a Twitter account “@GiftedBC” (212 followers)
    • Published blog posts on the website (51 followers)
    • Sent newsletters (388 subscribers)
    • Published a list of psychologists in the Lower Mainland who can do psycho-educational assessments for giftedness
  • Constitution and By-Laws revisions have been completed in compliance with the revised BC Society Act, and this document will be presented for approval to the AGM in September 2018.

 

Goals for next year
Our goal for the 2018/2019 year is to create specific committees to work with the board while using a larger volunteer group that will help us increase our effectiveness in supporting families and allow us to expand our outreach beyond the Lower Mainland. The committees will focus on Advocacy, Outreach and Policy. We plan to continue expanding our website to bring relevant resources to parents, and sponsor or co-sponsor events that can inform and bring our gifted families together.

Dr. James Webb is My Hero – Don’t miss seeing him in Canada!

By Debbie Clelland, Past-President of the Gifted Children’s Association of BC

As a parent of two gifted sons, I have been very fortunate over the years to be inspired and consoled by the resources created by Dr. James Webb.  That is why I am ecstatic that he is joining us here in Vancouver in April as a speaker for parents, educators and health care professionals! Since I realized that some of you may not really know about him, I wanted to jump up and down a bit about how rare and important an opportunity it is to hear him speak.

Back in 2003 when our oldest son was assessed as gifted, my partner and I turned to each other and said, “OK, now what?”  There were two things that really helped us: the GCABC and the resources created by James Webb.  We got a VHS tape out of our library of James Webb presenting to a group of parents about understanding giftedness, and then watched it several times.  It helped us see we were “normal” gifted parents experiencing “normal” things with our family. That was a huge relief, and so needed for us and our family to make sense of re-interpreting our experience over the previous 9 years with our sons.

James Webb (Jim) is a great humanitarian on a mission to help parents of gifted children, educators and mental health professionals understand giftedness and its many nuances.  When he discovered that parents and psychologists were struggling to understand the social-emotional aspects of giftedness, he created the organization Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). Within SENG, he developed a way to train parents to lead support groups for other parents and created a new publishing house to get books out there as a support for gifted families. He even ended up writing several books on unique things like grand-parenting gifted children and the sometimes world weary existential depression experienced by some gifted people

I have had the pleasure of seeing Jim present at a few SENG summer conferences in various locations around the US, and have always found him to be an engaging speaker who really “gets it”. He speaks to the people in the room in a way that conveys his many years of learning as if we are sitting down at the kitchen table together to have a chat about these gifted folks we all care so much about.

I was over the moon when I learned that our own Maureen McDermid invited Jim to join us in Canada and that he accepted.  To my knowledge, this is the first time he has presented in our country.  I can’t say enough about how big a deal this is – come and join us!


Still not registered for the conference Power Up Potential 2018 with Dr. James Webb, and a number of other experts on giftedness? Sign up on the conference website before March 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate. 

<< Register for Power Up Potential Here!