The Board of Education of School District No. 50 (Haida Gwaii) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawna Johnson-Day as Superintendent of Schools effective August 15, 2016.
Dawna comes to Haida Gwaii with over 20 years of experience in the education field. Her work is based on her core belief that every child can and will succeed with the right supports.
She has spent most of her career working in small and remote school districts and with First Nations in Ontario and on Vancouver Island. As a teacher, school administrator, Superintendent, Faculty of Education instructor and, most recently as Education Manager with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Dawna has demonstrated that with a clear vision, strong team focus and a commitment to excellence, anything is possible.
Dawna holds three university degrees and a college diploma including a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry.
Throughout her career, Dawna has received many honours for leading initiatives such as Teacher, Principal and Superintendent Mentoring Programs, Safe and Healthy Schools, Pathways to Success for Aboriginal Students and Curriculum Design. Despite these many accomplishments, Dawna advises that none are as great as hearing a former student say “Thank you for making a positive difference in my life”.
Dawna’s first priority as the new Superintendent is to hit the ground running to engage community partners, school staff, parents and students. “I firmly believe that collaboration is essential to ensure that students receive a world class education that opens doors both locally and globally”. Dawna also places great importance on ensuring that all students have access to experiential learning opportunities. There is no better classroom than the geographic areas of Haida Gwaii.
Much of Dawna’s most recent work with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council focused on ensuring that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action” become part of the day to day culture of schools. “It is essential that, as Superintendent of SD 50, I continue this very important work”.
Please join us in welcoming Dawna to the School District upon her arrival. We wish her great success in her new position.