Sexual-orientation co-ordinator on way to SD73

Sexual-orientation co-ordinator on way to School District 73

Dale Bass – Kamloops This Week


The Kamloops-Thompson school district is hiring a district sexual-orientation and gender-identity (SOGI) co-ordinator.

The position will be partially funded by the ARC Foundation, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit that supports projects that address awareness, respect and capacity to improve those marginalized by their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or financial status.

The Kamloops-Thompson board of education was told the co-ordinator will be responsible for raising SOGI awareness, for supporting teachers and students and for helping develop and implement policies and initiatives that align with new Ministry of Education policies and changes to the B.C. Human Rights Code.

Job requirements will include conducting and documenting a thorough audit of existing local SOGI school resources; creating a SOGI toolkit for the school district that builds on local and international resources; and establishing a local network of SOGI representatives from each school to share information and engage in professional development opportunities.

A report on the new position and functions was on the agenda for the board’s meeting on Monday at Vavenby elementary.