Student leadership conference comes to Yale Secondary

The event runs from Oct. 22 to 25 at the Abbotsford school

Yale Secondary

Yale Secondary

For the first time ever, the British Columbia Student Leadership Conference is coming to Abbotsford.

Yale Secondary is the gathering spot for the four-day event that sees more than 300 students listen to keynote speakers and participate in leadership activities.

Yale teacher Doug Primrose said the students are pumped that two years of planning is finally coming to fruition from Oct. 22 to 25.

“We’ve never had something like this in Abbotsford and the students are really excited,” he said. “Our students attend these conferences all the time and it’s great for them to be the host. You get do it the way you want to do it, and we’ve got some great keynotes.”

The three keynote speakers are Fred Fox (brother of Terry Fox), school culture consultant Phil Boyte and Alberta leadership teacher Tom Yonge. In addition to the speakers, there will be workshops on issues related to mental health, leadership styles, marketing and advertising, fundraising techniques and many more. All the workshops take place at Yale Secondary.

It kicks off on Oct. 22 with the event’s open ceremonies and activities then run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. Students are scheduled to have a dinner at the Sikh temple, go skating and swimming at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, and have a closing ceremony on Oct. 25.

Parents who want to register their son or daughter can do so by contacting Primrose at or 604-308-0676.