Kristen Scott, currently the Managing Director, North America, of The Bhutan Canada Foundation, joined the BCF Team in May 2010 as Program Manager. During her three years as part of the BCF Family, we’ve seen tremendous growth and mutual partnerships between Bhutan and Canada.
Under Kristen’s leadership, the Teach in Bhutan program grew from its first class of six teachers in 2010 to 20 teachers, currently in the field this year. Kristen travelled to Bhutan in April of 2011 for a cross-country tour, visiting our BCF teachers in each of their communities and in their schools. You can read about her adventures here at: Destination Druk Yul.
Based on this experience, Kristen wrote a story featured in Education Canada, about the experiences of teachers in the field and the education system in Bhutan, “Teaching in the Land of Happiness: The Canada-Bhutan Connection”.
A joint venture between The Bhutan Canada Foundation and Cushing Academy, Kristen had a hand in organizing the first “Educating for Sustainable Happiness” symposium, which took place in August 2012 and included numerous academics, organisations, educators, and subject matter experts. The symposium served as a meeting place to discuss current and future initiatives in progressive education, with a focus on the Bhutanese school system and Gross National Happiness as its incorporated into the curriculum.
Since 2011, Kristen has also been involved with BCF’s school development program. The program gives BCF teachers the opportunity to lead projects that meet the unique needs of their school communities. Past projects have included a library renovation and waste management initiatives.
Kristen actively worked in partnership and as a proud supporter of the Bhutan Dental Mission, an organisation that travels to Eastern Bhutan to provide vital dental services in rural communities.
Since 2010 BCF has also seen four Bhutanese high school students study abroad in Canada as part of our Student Scholar Program, in conjunction with Blyth Academy.
An invaluable part of the BCF Family and major contributor to Bhutan, Kristen is now heading to pursue a Masters in Public Administration at the American University, and will be moving to Washington, D.C. She will continue her work with The Bhutan Canada Foundation but we will certainly miss her presence in Toronto.
All the best to you Kristen!