Nineteenth National Congress on
March 30 - April 1, 2014
TCU Place, Saskatoon SK
(Formerly the Centennial Auditorium)
The Changing Reality of Rural Schools
Events Shaping Our World
Ian Hanomansing brings a wealth of journalism experience to his role as the anchor of CBC News
Network’s prime time weeknight coverage. As well as being a news anchor, his duties include reporting
and occasionally hosting CBC’s, The National. Hanomansing’s award winning journalism has taken him
around the world and across Canada to cover major stories including the Calgary floods, fires in Slave
Lake Alberta, Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot in 2011, the creation of Nunavit, San Francisco earthquake,
Exxon Valdez oil spill, Hong Kong handover and three Olympic games.
He has spoken and written about many media issues including media coverage of the legal system and the line between
journalism and tabloid reporting. He hosted and co-developed several ground breaking news specials including Downtown
Drugs: A Night on the Streets as well as Crime on the Street which was the only network news special to be broadcast inside
a Canadian penitentiary.
Hanomansing was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts
Degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and a law degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. He is
the winner of six national university debating and public speaking championships and was named Canada’s 2008 Gemini
winner for best news anchor.
The Changing Reality of Rural Schools: Trends, Challenges and Vision for the Future
|Panel members will present their perspectives on the meaning of this year’s Congress theme, The Changing Reality of Rural
Schools. Each member will draw from their experiences while working and living in rural educational settings. The panel
members will respond to such questions as What are the trends and challenges facing rural schools and communities? What
are we most proud of? What could make our rural schools better? and What is the vision for the future?
Director of Education, Prairie
Valley School Division in
|Dr. Dawn Wallin
Faculty of Education,
University of Manitoba
Assistant Deputy Minister,
Superintendent, Peace River
Educating the Heart and Mind: Developing Resiliency and Optimism in
Children and Youth
Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s keynote address focuses on how social and emotional learning equips children and
youth with skills that improve academic performance, reduce stress, gain emotional resilience and increase
optimism. The presentation draws from current research and provides practical solutions that support
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, author, presenter, award-winning teacher, researcher and professor at the University of British
Columbia, is an expert in the science and practice of ways in which schools, families and communities can promote children’s
human qualities including empathy, compassion and kindness.
Before arriving at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Schonert-Reichl served as a National Institute of Mental Health
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and Northwestern
University Medical School. For the past several years, she has worked in collaboration with educators across British Columbia
in the area of social and emotional learning and, in 2004, was awarded the Vancouver School Board Recognition Award in
acknowledgement of her support for district initiatives regarding social responsibility and social and emotional learning.
Kim had the opportunity to chair a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and leading educators, researchers and policy makers on
the themes of cultivating compassion and educating the heart. Dr. Schonert-Reichl began her professional career as a middle
years teacher and then as a secondary school teacher in alternate schools working with “at-risk” students.
Nineteenth National Congress
on Rural Education
Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
(SELU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan
School Boards Association, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
(STF), League of Educational Administrators, Directors and
Superintendents (LEADS), Saskatchewan Association of School
Business Officials (SASBO), Saskatchewan Professional Development
Unit (SPDU), University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan