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Blog: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

On Being Thankful

By Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

As the calendar year draws to a close on what, in many respects, has been a trying year for the city of Abbotsford, and our district in particular, it is perhaps fitting that Christmas is here as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have going on in our community and schools. From the recent passing of Hala Albarhoom and Constable John Davidson to the tragic deaths of several of our young people, I am reminded that our city and district have changed significantly over the last decade. In the wake of these sad events, I have received several emails from colleagues and friends, consistently offering condolences, and asking how we are holding up. My reply is often the same, reassuring them that while these situations are sad, we have a tremendously resilient and caring community, and that I work closely with an amazing group of people who are committed to supporting kids and each other. I also tell them that 2018 will be our best year ever.

Sad news has a way of overshadowing good news, and amidst our grief we sometimes forget about the many things about which we can be thankful. I am hopeful that with Christmas here, and virtually every school hosting a Christmas concert, that we can remind ourselves about the wonderful country in which we live and work.  So before we wind down for Christmas holidays, I would ask each of us to reflect on the things for which you are thankful, and that you take the time to let those folks know how much you appreciate them. For me, I am thankful for the dedicated staff we have in this district, particularly the team of people with whom I work most closely.  In the face of some significant challenges this year, they have managed to stay the course and remain focused on our students.  They have been unflappable in the face of crisis, and undeterred by the challenge of our grand mission. Changes such as our new curriculum, MOU 17, new report cards (to name a few) have not deterred their primary focus on student learning. 

If you take a moment to look back over the last twelve months you will note the amazing things students have accomplished in academics, the arts, athletics and service. It has not happened by accident; it takes a dedicated team that I am fortunate enough to work with every day.

This is why I know that 2018 will be a great year for us. Merry Christmas.

By Kevin Godden
Kevin Godden
Kevin Godden

By Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

Kevin has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Abbotsford School District since July 2011, overseeing some 19,000 students and 2,500 employees. Kevin is committed to student success in all forms and envisions a school district that can nimbly respond to the ever changing needs and interests of its students.