Jan 9/2017: Education Policy&Directions: The Record Off The Record : Learning Support Plan (Mental Health Focus)


BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils / BCCPAC


2016 Resolutions here.

There are 200+ Resolutions ongoing, achieved or pending. Worth a look. Chose “any” to see all of them, though you can narrow down by category in the dropdown menu. Here’s an interesting one from 1994 still on the books:

“That students have the opportunity to be taught the most commonly held theories on the origins of our universe and life on our planet, or at least be given a list of resources to explore these on their own; And that students be encouraged to discuss the pros and cons of these theories without being criticized for their opinions, in order to promote critical thinking skills; And that students be taught evolution as theory, not fact. ” Status: Active.

Current Executive / BOD here. [As of January 8, 2017, John Bird, formerly SD61 Victoria DPAC President for 10 years has resigned as President.]

From the BCCPAC Facebook page:

The BCCPAC Board of Directors regretfully announce that John Bird has resigned as BCCPAC President & CEO effective January 8, 2017 due to health reasons.
John has been a tireless advocate for student rights and services.  Under John’s leadership, BCCPAC has made meaningful strides in deepening parent partnership.  In the last few years, John has had a key role in helping to develop and communicate BCCPAC’s core belief that all students should receive the services and supports they require within a school culture that is free from discrimination.
The board would like to thank John for his unwavering commitment to BCCPAC.  His visionary leadership and mentorship will be missed.
A new President & CEO will be elected at the AGM in May 2017.
In the interim period, 1st VP, Dr. Farah Shroff, has been appointed Acting President.  Dr. Shroff brings with her a wealth of experience in education and parent leadership.
In addition, Treasurer Gord Byers has been appointed Acting CEO.
2nd VP, Jen Mezei, has been appointed Communication Director & Media Spokesperson and Executive Director John Gaiptman will continue in his role as partner group liaison.
For additional information, please contact:
Jen Mezei
Communications Director & Media Spokesperson

Former SD61 Superintendent John Gaiptman hired to newly created BCCPAC position “Executive Director”, June 21/16.

BCCPAC’s existence is not mandated as part of the BC School Act, though a 1998 Resolution attempting to change that is active.

BCCPAC website states “We represent a membership of the Parent Advisory Councils(PACs), and District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs) of the BC school districts.” [Each PAC has one voting rep at DPAC.  In reality parent participation in most PACs at a schools is a tiny percentage of the parents in that school, and many schools do not want to organize a PAC. One individual can hold votng cards for 3 PACS which further constricts the voting.]

Interesting background reading: January 2012 letter from former BCCPAC President Ann Whiteaker (now SD61 Greater Victoria Trustee) to the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils here.

BCCPAC History: On September 8, 1915, the first official parent organization was launched at the oldest school in the province, Craigflower, then on the outskirts of Victoria.

Constitution and Bylaws here.

Members: Members are both DPACS and individual school PACS.[Each PAC has one voting rep, and one person can be the rep for 3 schools, and possibly more: check SD61 PAC reps here. ]

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