New SAPDC Blog
Posted on: November 15, 2018

Check out the new SAPDC Blog. First post all about the Student Leadership Conference.

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director
Posted on: April 11, 2018

SAPDC Announces New Executive Director


The Board of Directors for the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium (SAPDC) are pleased to announce that Dr. Rick Gilson has accepted the position of Executive Director for SAPDC, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Gilson is currently an Assistant Superintendent for Westwind School Division.

Rick shares, “the more I know, the more I know I need to know more. That desire to know more has fueled a passion to share more and invite others to ponder possibilities new knowledge opens for ourselves and the students we serve. I feel that's the key to the future of the SAPDC. We must work with our partners to foster a thirst to know more and share more by as many means as possible. I love the idea of that challenge.”


Rick firmly believes in "Everyone learning Everyday". He embraces technology to support that learning process. He is inspired by the local expertise in Southern Alberta and firmly believes that we need to tap into that collective knowledge in ways that help our young teachers and partners learn and share. Helping professionals help each other across the region is fundamental to the work. He believes that promising, and best or better practices are not proprietary so much as they are often surprisingly hidden and need support in being shared. Being a conduit of learning will most certainly be accomplished differently as we access new technologies and respond to limited resources of time and money.

Rick will replace John Loree, who has been an outstanding support for all of Zone 6 for the past 5 years. We are confident that Rick will be a wonderful addition to the SAPDC team and will lead us forward with high-quality Professional 


Learning Opportunities.

Lorelie Lenaour

SAPDC Board Chair