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22 Years of Quest

This year’s conference theme is The Quest for Well-being: Making Connections, Making Commitments and will build on last year’s theme of The Quest for Well-being: A Collective Responsibility. The intent of a two year focus on well-being was for participants to take their learning from 2017 and apply it in their respective educational roles throughout the 2017-18 school year. At the 2018 conference, participants will return to Quest to share their learning and experiences and make firm commitments to further embedding well-being in the classroom based on the five components of well-being.


Over the last two decades, the York Region District School Board’s Quest Conference has brought together members of the educational community from around the world. Recent themes have included important topics such as equitable and inclusive schools, re-imagining public education, and deep learning in a digital world – all focused on learning together to improve student achievement and well-being.

Today the Quest Conference attracts over 1000 participants including students, teachers, support staff, school and system leaders, parents, community members, school trustees, and government members. More than just an event, the Quest Conference provides opportunities for participants to investigate, dialogue and reflect together. Most importantly, the Quest Conference motivates carefully considered and innovative action as those attending return to their respective roles in education.

Previous speakers include the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the Honourable Romeo Dallaire, Michael Fullan, Will Richardson, Rafranz Davis, Dr. Carol Campbell, Rick Hansen, Dr. Avis Glaze, Janice Stein, Pinball Clemons, Stephen Lewis, Peter Mansbridge, Ratna Omidvar, Margaret Trudeau and many others.

Be a part of the conversation at #YRDSBQuest. You can also check out the Quest Journal and learn from conference presenters, educators, and scholars.1.Explore the implementation of well-being actions and their impact on students, staff members, families and the community. 

2.Connect and share their knowledge, experiences and resources related to implementing well-being actions, and to commit to continue sharing that information. 

3.Continue taking innovative and meaningful well-being actions in their respective educational roles following Quest 2018 and to assessing their impact.