Proxy Voting for BCCPAC

Two DPAC members will be attending the BCCPAC AGM, Sarah Holland and Jacqui Dockray. We encourage all BCCPAC members who aren’t attending the AGM to fill out the proxy vote forms with those names, fax them down to BCCPAC at 604-687-4488 (or email them to, and also provide the form to DPAC. Forms can be dropped off at the DPAC box at the school board office, faxed to Sarah Holland at (250) 614-1316, or emailed to

From the Proxy instructions:

3.  All proxy forms must be completed and signed by two members of that member’s PAC/DPAC executive in order for an authorized delegate to exercise Regular Member voting rights.

4.  In order to allow for the efficient operation of the Annual General Meeting, members are encouraged to mail, fax, or scan and email completed proxy forms to the BCCPAC office  in advance.  Proxy forms received in this manner no later than April 22, 2011 at 4:30pm, will be verified and registered by staff in advance of the AGM. Voting cards for  these proxies may be picked up by the authorized delegate at the Proxy Room with proof of identity. Confirmation of proxy forms that are submitted in advance will be sent within three days of receipt and registration to the Executive officers who signed the form.  If you do not receive confirmation please contact the office.

5.  Proxy forms not received by April 22, 2011 are required to be delivered to the Proxy Room  at the venue  (which will be open during the Spring Conference) in order to receive a voting card to participate at the AGM.   Please note that as proxy forms need to be validated and processed before they can be exchanged for voting cards, BCCPAC cannot guarantee that proxy forms received after 5:00pm on April 29, 2011 will be processed and exchanged for voting cards in time for the start of the AGM.

6.  The delegate carrying your proxy should be aware of how your council wishes its vote to be cast (a Voting  Instruction Form  is available on the BCCPAC website).  Members should be aware that new information frequently comes to light during the debate on a motion.  Please be aware that by authorizing a delegate and/or authorizing the transfer of  your proxy you are assigning your voting right to the individual who holds your proxy at the time of any vote.  BCCPAC has no way of guaranteeing that the proxy holder will vote the way your council wishes.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Attention all Council Member Parent Advisory Committees:

Your District Parent Advisory Council will be holding an annual general meeting on May 9, 2011. This meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre, 311 Wilson Crescent.
We ask that all School District 57 Parent Advisory Committees send an appointed representative to this AGM as important electoral business will take place. Up for election are the following DPAC Executive Positions: Chairperson; Vice-Chairperson; Secretary; Treasurer; District Associate; and up to three (3) Directors at Large.
The agenda for the Annual General Meeting will be posted on our website one week prior to the meeting taking place.

BC Northern Crime Prevention Symposium – April 16, 2011

Carissa Hornoi, the head of the Community Policing Office in Prince George, is interested in passing along information on this upcoming event to the school district PAC groups:



Community Policing has been on the steering committee for the BC Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA) Northern Region Training Symposium which is being held on Saturday April 16th.   This event is geared toward the community at large including youth.  See attachments for detailed session descriptions and registration information.


For more information:

Superintendents report for April 2011

2011.04.04 (must have been an email problem, as notes were only received after 11pm)

District Parent Advisory Council Meeting
1.    Student Transfer Process:  parents should expect to receive information related to transfer requests made earlier on our district online transfer program in the next several days.  Please contact the school next week if you have not been contacted about your transfer request.

2.    School Organization: Principals are currently preparing staffing and supplies organization/budget for the 2011-2012 school year.  Parent Advisory Council presidents may wish to contact principals for a status report at an upcoming PAC meeting.

3.    International Education: International education contributes an estimated $1.8 billion to the economy of British Columbia. This makes International Education the 5th largest industry in B.C. Of this total, approximately $24 million is generated directly in Northern BC, creating 250 jobs for the region. This is a significant and growing industry which is critical to the growth and future
Prosperity of all of British Columbia and which has the potential to address some of the short? and long?term demographic challenges faced by the regions in BC. The presence of colleges, universities, and school districts with large international student populations create great opportunities for northern communities.

School District #57 is expecting approximately 42 fee paying International students in September of 2011.

4.    Bargaining 2011: Several union partners are now in the early stages of collective agreement bargaining with the employer.  Some bargaining is done at the local level but the majority of bargaining involves the British Columbia Public Sector Employers Association, who represents British Columbia Boards of Education in this complex process.

5.    Provincial Examinations: In order to graduate, secondary school students must complete specified courses in Grades 10, 11 and 12, and write at least the following five provincial exams:
•    Language Arts 10
•    Science 10
•    Mathematics 10 (Essentials, Applications or Principles)
•    Social Studies (Social Studies 11, Civics 11 or First Nations 12)
•    Language Arts 12 (English 12 or Communications 12)
Other provincial exams are optional.

For more information regarding provincial exams, please access this website:

6.    Reminder – Schedule of Fees and Deposits 2010-2011 *Sent to parents in September 2010 re Valedictory Ceremonies:  Most schools with grade 12 students offer a valedictory ceremony near year’s end. The participation in such ceremonies is optional. Students who wish to participate will be expected
to pay the shared cost of such a ceremony.

Parents of students in grade 12 should be checking with son’s/daughter’s school counselor prior to the end of April to ensure their child is eligible to participate in the school’s valedictory ceremony!

7.    Policy 1240 Provision of Volunteer Services: Volunteers make valued and appreciated contributions to enhancing student success, the enjoyment of school and enriching school climate. This policy sets out the manner and conditions in which volunteers may become involved in school life.

The period between April and June usually offers many opportunities for parents to be involved in school sponsored activities – please review this policy as a criminal record check is a critical component of the volunteer process!

8.    Communities That Care (CTC) founder/developer/researcher, Dr Richard Catalano visited Prince George last week to work with the CTC Board.  Approximately 100 parents and interested community members attended Dr. Catalano’s public presentation.

CTC is a long-term, evidence-based approach to crime prevention that targets six adolescent behavior problems: criminal involvement, violence, substance misuse, school failure, teen pregnancy and anxiety and depression.  This youth-focused strategy to enhance public safety is an integral part of the City of Prince George’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

Approximately 3000 students in our school district completed a survey and identified a number of positive things:
a.    High levels of family attachment
b.    A larger than average percentage of youth report believing in the concept of right and wrong.
c.    Many youth report having opportunities and rewards for positive involvement within the community and family, and especially within schools.  Dr. Catalano indicated that kids like school and schools are Prince George’s strongest asset in this process.  A huge THANK YOU to our staff and educational partners!!!!!

DPAC Meeting Monday, April 4th, at 7pm

Elluminate link for people attending meeting remotely!

A reminder that DPAC will be holding it’s monthly meeting this coming Monday, April 4th, at 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training & Development Center.

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report

DPAC Minutes – March 2011


EPPC Meeting Report – March 15-2011

DPAC March 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement March 2011

DPAC Chairperson Report April 2011


7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre


1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of March 7, 2011 Meeting Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report


(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats


6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Communication / Parent Recruitment

(b)               Invitation for stakeholders to join Parent Involvement Committee

(c)                BCCPAC Resolutions / Proxy Voting Procedures

(d)               Motion to send  DPAC Representatives to BCCPAC  & Authorize Travel Expenditures

(e)               Notice of upcoming DPAC Annual General Meeting; May 9, 2011


7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.


–          Minutes of March 7, 2011 Meeting

–          DPAC Chair Report

–          EPPC Report

–          Treasurer Reports (2)