For Dayle Vienneau, who has been appointed principal for Menno Simons Christian School in Calgary, the road back to the school has not been a straight path, but definitely a God-led one. She began her journey to Menno Simons in June 2005, to fill a French and language arts maternity leave, and she stayed for 10 years. During that time, she recognized that she could use her voice for the betterment of students and went on to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Lethbridge.
The position of vice-principal opened up at Menno Simons at that point, but she felt God was calling her to a similar position at Calgary Christian Secondary School (CCS) instead. She found it a difficult decision but wanted to follow God’s plans.
As her family grew with the adoption of her daughter, Kenley, Vinneau thought about the kind of community Kenley would grow up in and Menno Simons Christian School tugged at her heart. When the posting for principal at Menno Simons came up, she felt the nudge from the Holy Spirit to apply and so returned home to the school.
When asked what she is most looking forward to, Vienneau responded: “The community. I look forward to knowing each and every child in the school and building relationships with each of them and with all of their families. I am looking forward to the intimacy of a small community both the blessings and the challenges.”
“My hope is that the students at Menno will know who they are in God’s story. That students will be able to own their faith or be able to articulate the questions that might be holding them back,” she said.