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Kelowna principal named one of Canada's best

Chute Lake Elementary principal Bruce McKay.
Image Credit: Central Okanagan School District
January 26, 2016 - 9:00 PM

KELOWNA - Maybe it's not quite like being named 'Best Actor' but in the world of school administration, it’s possibly the next best thing.

Chute Lake Elementary school principal Bruce McKay has been named one of Canada’s outstanding principals by the Learning Partnership, a non-profit organization that promotes public education.

“Bruce exemplifies our district motto 'Together We Learn',” school district chair Moyra Baxter says in a press release.

A 30-year veteran, McKay’s time in the Okanagan began in 1990 as a teacher at Okanagan Mission secondary.

He made the jump to administration as vice principal of Bankhead and Gordon Elementary schools in 1993, with time spent since in positions at KLO Secondary, West Rutland community school, Rutland Elementary and Raymer Elementary. He took the principal’s position at Chute Lake Elementary in 2009.

McKay is one of only two school principals from B.C. named to the list, which honours senior administrators who demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

As such, McKay will be inducted into the National Academy of Principals during a gala dinner in Toronto and will also be invited to attend a week-long executive leadership training program at the Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto.

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