Sylvie Mazerolle

Principal | School District 93 – École des Sentiers-alpins & École Secondaire de Nelson
British Columbia Hub | CANADA

Sylvie Mazerolle (she/her) is an educator and school principal based in Nelson, British Columbia (BC) Canada. She benefits from living, learning and working on traditional, ancestral and unceded First Nations territories.

Sylvie is a SSHRC award recipient with an MA in Curriculum Studies and a BEd from the University of British Columbia, as well as a B.A. Honours in Sociology from McGill University. Her academic path is infused with courage and curiosity as she explores how it is that we become available to a transformation of what education is and does.

As a contemporary dance artist and choreographer, Sylvie’s body of work used somatic inquiry to delve into questions of lineage, erasure, place, identity, and the queer body. Dance allowed her to travel internationally to Niamey, Niger to perform at the Jeux de la Francophonie and to The Hague, Netherlands to attend the dance and the Child international (daCi) conference.

Currently working in BC’s public francophone school district, Sylvie is a leader devoted to social justice and compassionate systems. She sits on various committees dedicated to inclusion, anti-racism, and equity; in the same spirit, she contributes her time to supporting district-wide initiatives that empower her colleagues to attend to positive change.

As a principal, Sylvie is activating a school culture rooted in wellness that values diversity, social-emotional learning, place-consciousness, reconciliation and restorative justice. She interweaves various approaches to live into these values and anchor them into her francophone learning community, namely Dr. Ross Greene’s collaborative and proactive solutions approach, Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead framework, and Compassionate Systems Leadership.

Sylvie is elated and grateful to have the privilege of joining the 2021-2022 Master Practitioner cohort so that she may deepen and widen her leadership of compassionate systems change.