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Dianne Turner biography

Dianne Turner taught for 13 years as a science teacher and department head in the Vancouver school district before becoming a vice-principal. She held this position at various schools for several years, and then became principal at Point Grey Secondary. Following four years at Point Grey, Turner was appointed as the principal at Eric Hamber Secondary for five years.

In August 2008, Turner became the assistant superintendent at the Delta school district. After two years in this position, she took on the role of leading the Delta school district as superintendent. Turner was in this role for six years before being hired as B.C.’s chief educator in August 2016.

In addition to her extensive work in the Delta school district and Ministry of Education, Dianne Turner also sits – or has sat – on the following committees:

  • BC School Superintendents Association executive
  • Canadian Education Association Advisory Council member
  • New Teachers’ Mentorship Advisory Committee
  • Ministry of Education Accountability Framework Advisory Committee
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank director
  • Learning Advisory Board chair
  • Ministry of Education Executive Committee
  • Leadership Development Working Group
  • Continuing Professional Development Committee
  • Sector Advisory Council
  • UBC Transformative Educational Leadership programs Advisory Committee
  • SFU Deans Advisory Committee
  • BCPSEA Advisory Committee
  • BCSSA Dimensions of Practice Review Committee
  • Ministry of Education Competency Development Consulting Group Member
  • BCSSA Membership Committee Chair

Turner was born and raised in Vancouver. After graduating from a Vancouver high school, she went on to study at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she achieved a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology and a minor in environmental science. Following her degree, she completed her professional development program in teaching through SFU. Turner then went on to complete her master’s degree in educational leadership at SFU, and is currently completing the educational leadership doctoral program.