SD57 Strategic Plan Engagement

You have likely seen or heard about the Strategic Plan lately. It is time for the 5 year outlook to be reviewed and proceed with updating the Mission, Vision, and Values. School District No. 57 is asking for input from you! All staff, students, parents, stakeholders, rightsholders, and community members are invited to participate. Check out updates on Facebook here. The same information is found on website here.

Please review the ~5 minute video here.

Access the Thought Exchange application here.

Contact DPAC if there is anything that the Executive can assist with or answer for you.

Virtual Valentines Winners!

The Facebook campaign to show appreciation to School District No. 57 staff was very successful. Here are our winners of the Virtual Valentines Draw:

  1. Ronan M nominated Mrs. Broster at Blackburn Elementary
  2. Grade 3 Student of Parent Julie A nominated Mme. Mitchell at Lac des Bois
  3. Connor P nominated Mrs. Cawsey at DP Todd Secondary
  4. Silas D nominated Mme. Knechtel at Lac des Bois
  5. Channing G nominated Ms. Elsenheimer at Glenview

Thank you to all our participants for sharing and caring!

If you missed the Virtual Valentines, check out 3 batches posted on our DPAC Facebook Page here. Please Like, Share with your school community, and Tag a staff member that was nominated so they can see the sweet messages!

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Feb 1, 2021

February is upon us and it is time for our Monthly DPAC Meeting. Please review the Agenda and reports below. We will “see” you on Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171 Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

DPAC January Minutes & Approved Bylaws

We are pleased that the DPAC Executive and Bylaw Review Committee have proposed changes that were amended and approved during our January General Meeting. There will be a formatting review and then the updated copy will be posted on our website. See documents below.

Three items have been referred back to the Committee:
1) Bylaw 1: Terms – clarify definitions for stakeholders and rightsholders (formerly Partner Groups)
2) Bylaw 6: Term of Office – research and recommend the pros/cons of Executive Members sharing positions
3) Bylaw 8: Duties of Officers – list roles and responsibilities that will be assigned to Directors

If you have any questions or further input for our Constitution and Bylaws, please contact us at

DPAC Monthly Meeting – Jan 11, 2021

Our next DPAC Meeting is Monday January 11, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. We don’t have specific questions for our Partner Groups, but we still invite our representatives from Senior Administration, Board of Education, Principals and Teachers Associations, CUPE Support Staff, and District Student Advisory Council to share a report.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv


DPAC Executive have been reviewing our technology applications and website tools to increase efficiency with communication and file sharing. We have some “free” apps that are not intuitive with other platforms or user-friendly. If there are any PAC members or parents in our District that are experienced with technology, here are two ways to help.

  1. We currently use DreamHost but are interested in switching to a Canadian web hosting provider. WordPress is our website platform but we are interested in WIX or other options. We need support with moving data and setting up a new refreshed website.
  2. We currently use Google drive to share and collaborate on documents and store data in Dropbox. We are interested in paying for a Microsoft Office 365 Suite to keep emails in Outlook, create/edit files in Word and Excel, and store data in OneDrive or SharePoint. The following document shows the options for a non-profit packages with Microsoft. We will be discussing this at our next meeting. If anyone has input or advice, let us know.

DPAC Executive Team –

PAC Treasurer & Gaming Bootcamp

Gillian Burnett is the BCCPAC Treasurer and she sits on our SD57 DPAC Executive as Vice-Chair. We are pleased to share resources for PACs from BCCPAC. Find valuable links from the 2020 DPAC Summit here.

The recording of the Treasurer & Gaming Bootcamp is 20 minutes long and can be found on this YouTube link.

The pdf file with all the slides from the Bootcamp presentation is here:

There was a delay in receiving PAC Gaming Grants this year and uncertainty about carrying funds forward due to events and projects being cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19. Find up-to-date info here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the branch at or

David Pyatt, Acting Executive Director, Community Gaming Grants Branch
Community and Legislative Services Division
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Marvene Layte,
Northern Interior Communities Association-REGIONAL OFFICE
Cellphone: 250.612.2031 Office: 250.457.9585

We hope you find this information helpful. If your PAC needs any further support or training, let us know at

Happy New Year 2021

Welcome back to school to all our students, staff, and administrators at SD57. The DPAC Executive is back in the swing of things too. Our next meeting is Monday January 11 at 6:30pm. The Agenda and Zoom link will be posted soon.

If you have any questions or require further information, contact us at “See” you soon!