Blyth Academy Waterloo Student Joins DECA Provincial Officer Team

Blyth Academy is proud to announce that Blyth Academy Waterloo grade 11 student, Bill Le, will be DECA Ontario’s Branding and Communications Executive Officer, as part of the DECA Provincial Officer team, for the upcoming term.

DECA Ontario is an extra-curricular program for secondary and post-secondary students designed to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in hospitality, marketing, law, finance and management. Through conferences and competitions, they learn to respond to real-life business cases and prepare for the demands of the ever-changing market.

Bill became involved with DECA Ontario after joining Blyth Academy Waterloo last year. Since then he has participated in the Power Conference in Philadelphia, came in second place at the Regional Competition, and excelled in the Provincials. Most importantly, he’s built a professional network and gained useful skills that will support him as he continues in his future business endeavours.

Being an Officer at DECA will give Bill the opportunity to apply his business management knowledge in a leadership position. Along with this Officer Team, Bill will make decisions that guide the direction of the organization as well as influence programming in the organization. He will also serve as a role model for the 14,500 members of DECA Ontario.

Congratulations Bill! We look forward to supporting you in your new role.

Bill and Blyth Academy Waterloo DECA team

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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