Monthly Archives: April 2014

Resource Materials for Parents on IEPs and Speaking Up

At last night’s DPAC meeting, reference was made to two BCCPAC resources for parents. Links to these resources are here:

JUST UPDATED in 2014 – Many parents are not sure what to expect at an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. When they meet school staff on behalf of their child, they may feel vulnerable or even frightened. Often, they don’t know what to do and are not clear about their role in the process. In this guide, our focus is to help you understand how an IEP meeting works and how you and your child, working together with the school, can get the most out of this process for the benefit of your child.

 You know more about your child than anyone else. The school needs this information to tailor its teaching to your child’s way of learning. A good IEP brings together your knowledge about your child with the school’s knowledge about teaching. The IEP meeting will produce a plan of what the school will do to teach your child and help her succeed.

A step-by-step guide to resolution advocacy for parents who want to become better advocates for their children. This guide gives information on:

  • details on how the school system works,
  • outlines parent and students rights and responsibilities,
  • provides strategies for advocating for children, and
  • supports student self-advocacy

Call for Nominees for DPAC Executive

We are looking for willing people to step forward and be nominated for a rewarding position on our DPAC executive.  Meetings occur on the first Monday of the month with an executive meeting one week before.  Positions include the Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors, and District Associate.  Executive Members have the privilege of sitting on School District committees which provide an interesting insight into the operations and decision-making processes of the Board and District.
Please nominate someone you feel will contribute to encouraging and supporting parental involvement in our public education system, or nominate yourself if you would like to be involved.
Please contact either Chris Finke ( or Jacqueline Dockray ( (DPAC Nominations Committee) with nominations before our May 5th AGM.
Thank you,
Chris and Jacqui

Last call for interested attendees for BCCPAC Conference in Richmond

Are you interested in attending the BCCPAC Conference and AGM in Richmond?

We currently have two people interested in attending, and we will be finalizing this decision for April 15th. If you are interested in attending, please let us know before April 15th – email for more information.

More information:

The full schedule and speakers list is just being updated now – please check back soon for more details and a full list of speakers and sessions.


Minutes from DPAC Meeting – April 7, 2014

DPAC meeting minutes April 7, 2014

DPAC MINUTES FOR April 7, 2014
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair); Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Steve Shannon (Technical Director), Darlene Campbell (District Associate), and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Betty Bekkering, Trustee; Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lori Dennill, PGPVPA; Behavioral Specialists, PEA;
School Reps: Chris Finke, DP Todd; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve and Kim Shannon, Kelly Road; Lotte Andersen, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh, Duchess; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Fiona Kitt, Glenview; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois; Jennifer Hicke, Southridge; Amy Hudson, Pineview;

Absentee School Reps: Hart Highlands; Beaverly; Blackburn; Buckhorn; College Heights; College Heights Secondary; Foothills; Giscome; Harwin; Heritage; Highglen; Hixon; Mackenzie Secondary; Malaspina; McBride Centennial; McBride Secondary; Morfee; Peden Hill; Pinewood; Ron Brent; Valemount Elementary; Valemount Secondary; Van Bien; Vanway; Westwood;

1. Call to order

2. Adoption of Agenda and March 3, 2014 Minutes-

Adopted by unanimous consent.

Continue reading Minutes from DPAC Meeting – April 7, 2014

BCCPAC Resolutions Meeting – April 27th

Join us at a resolutions workshop to discuss how to vote at the provincial BCCPAC Conference. We will be starting at 11am at the Van Bien Training Centre. As food will be provided, we ask that you register.




As we will be providing food, pre-registration is required – no registration, no food, no fun.

 Why attend?

Various school PACs in this district are members of BCCPAC, and have the right to vote at the AGM. DPAC will be sending representatives, and can vote for members by proxy at the AGM. PACs may wish to give specific instructions to proxy holders on how to vote, or may wish to generally educate themselves about some of the provincial issues that PACs will be discussing.


Who can attend?

Any parent in the district. Your PAC can only vote if you’re a member of BCCPAC, but we encourage all parents to be informed.


Is my PAC a member of BCCPAC?

If you’re a member of BCCPAC, you should be receiving notices from BCCPAC.


Any questions?

Please email

Agenda – April 7th General Meeting

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Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of March 2014 Minutes
3. PAC Networking
To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.
7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report (Graeme Mackenzie, Shelby Miller)
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Faith Mackay, Lori Dennill)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
d) Selection – Delegate Selection Committee for BCCPAC Conference May 29 to June 1st
e) Report of Nominating Committee for AGM

6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) PAC Café – April 12th, 2014
c) Fall Conference report – scheduled for October 18, 2014, Civic Centre
7. Advising School District
a) Expanded committee of the Whole (Sarah, Gillian)
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve, Dennis)
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene, Chris)
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Chris)
e) Calendar Committee (Darlene, Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
a) BCCPAC resolutions workshop – April 27th
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5th, at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.