March 13/17: Board Meeting: One Learning Community Committee

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BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils / BCCPAC

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

Former SD61 Superintendent John Gaiptman hired to newly created BCCPAC position “Executive Director”, June 21/16. Dr. Farah Schroff has assumed the office of Acting President of BCCPAC (after the January 8 resignation  of John Bird, President and sadly his subsequent death on February 21)  until elections in May 2017 at the AGM in Surrey B.C.

Resolutions: 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.

… 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.

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.

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