School Trustee Forum, Wednesday October 29th

Sent to DPAC October 28th – I apologize for the late notice of this. If you are willing and able, please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

The Prince George Citizen, College of New Caledonia, and CBC Radio are hosting an all-candidates forum for School District 57 Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm at the College of New Caledonia Room 1-306 on the main floor.

It is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity for guests to ask questions of all the candidates.
We are planning on webcasting it through our website at as well, but make no promises as to the quality of the video and sound.

Counsellor Update


In the flyer you and your kids will find tips on making friends, handy posters, a video in french and english with ideas for school success, an audio link on anxiety in children and community resources. It is Remembrance Day coming up, a lovely video clip at the end. Everything is clickable and don’t forget to browse the pinterest families and teen sites too. I hope you all have a nice November!

Linda Campbell
student support services counsellor

Agenda – November 3, 2014 Meeting

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, November 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre

Webconference link:

1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion

7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report
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 (Dan Watt)
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 (Chris Finke)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) Conference / PAC Café discussion
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (TBA)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
d) Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve?)
e) Calendar Committee (Leanne, Darlene )
f) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
a) School board Trustee forum – November 4th, Vanier Hall
b) Priorities for year
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 1st, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

DPAC MINUTES FOR October 6, 2014

DPAC MINUTES FOR October 6, 2014
7p.m. Van Bien Training Centre


DPAC EXECUTIVE:  Sarah Holland (Chair) , Darlene Campbell (Vice-Chair), Chris Finke (Treasurer), Dennis Fudge (District Associate), Leanne Harasym (secretary), Steve Shannon (Director at Large).

PARTNER GROUPS:  Tina Cousins ( PGTDA), Dan Watt ( Principals and Vice Principals), Nicole Haines ( PEA), Brian Pepper ( Superintendent), Betty Bekkering (Trustee)

SCHOOL REPS: DPAC (Sarah Holland), Kelly Road Secondary School ( Steve Shannon), Malaspina ( Rob Woods & Trista Spencer), Spruceland Traditional ( Dennis Fudge & Leanne Harasym), Quinson (Ryan Clarke), D.P Todd (Chris Finke), Southridge ( Jennifer Hicke), Nusdeh Yoh (Charlene Henyu & Darlene Campbell), DPSS ( Darlene Campbell), Glenview( Fiona Kitt), College Heights ( Natalie Wehner), Nukko Lake (Tasha Senff), PGSS (Michelle Rolfes), Lac des Bois (Shauna Connor), Ecole College Heights ( Jacqueline Dockray), Peden Hill (Sara-Lynn Harding).

1.  Call to order at 7:00 pm
2.  Adoption or agenda and adoption of September 6, 2014 minutes
Agenda accepted
Amendment to 6c. Change the word letters to letter.  Accepted as amended.
3.  PAC Networking and Discussion
All Schools with a Rep had a chance to talk about new, upcoming, or
continuing events or activities happening in there schools.
A) DSAC Report-no report

B) CUPE Report- Karen Wong in Valemont

C) PGDTA Report (Tina Cousins)- World Teacher Day was Oct 5.  Still waiting   to see how much support there will be for kids.  Teacher Prep Time has gone from 90 min to 100 min, in 2017 it will go to 110 min.

D) PGPVPA Report ( Dan Watt)- P/VP’s are working on relationships with staff and how to move forward.  Working on Learning team grants and plans for student success.

E) PEA Report- ( Nicole Haines)- Staff or 35 to 40 that support students, staff and families.  One new psychologist but still short .8 Occupational Therapist.  All staff are changing positions and working hard to facilitate transitions.  Document deadlines for students have been moved from Sept 30th to Oct 17th.

F) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)- Report Given.  60 contracts to be sorted out.  Highlighted how important PACs are and wanting all PAC members to report back to their PACs the importance of criminal record checks.  Asked Chair about email sent out.  8 schools responded, no new schools.  Discussed his blog and that he stopped because it was counter productive to where he wants to go.  Info will be tracked on connect ed.

G) Trustee Report (Betty Beckering)-  email sent to Chair with regrets for no attending.

5.  Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland). Explained that partner groups have 5 min each to speak. Report Given
b) Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke and Gillian). Revenue last year: 11566.27.  Spent 12540.25. General account 17642.68. There is a Sandman credit.  Motion from Gillian : That DPAC pay BCCPAC directly for SD57 schools who join.  Second from Peden Hill.  Dennis Fudge apposed the motion, all others in favour. Motion carried.
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell). Conference in Nanaimo from Nov 21-23rd.  Mail out going out this week, planner/agenda going out in 2 weeks.

6.  PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests:  2 requests that fall under BCCPAC
b). Conference / PAC Cafe. Fall conference cancelled. Executive will discuss a spring replacement.

7.  Advising School District
a)  Education Services Committee Report(Steve Shannon). Unable to attend. Report on DPAC website.
b)  Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene,Chris). Have not met
c)  Policy and Governance (Sarah and Dennis). Met one and will meet again next week. Working on outstanding policies.
d)  Ad hoc Technology Committee ( Steve). Unsure if it will meet again
e)  Calendar Committee ( Leanne and Darlene)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report ( Sarah). Contact Sarah if you have questions you want tasked.

8.  Other Business
a) School Board Trustee Forum- November 4th, Vanier Hall. Open to all partner groups.  Deadline is Oct 10th for those running.
b)  BCCPAC conference in Nanaimo.  Darlene, Chris, Charlene, Sarah, Leanne and Donna would like to attend.  Motion from Gillian:  DPAC to pay for all 6 in the most economical fashion.  Second from Jaquie. All in favour, motion passed.
c)  Vacant director position. Rob Woods From Malaspina stepped up.  All in favour.
d) Priorities for year.  Advise district or DPAC needs.

9.   Agenda items for next meeting.  Darlene will talk more on BCCPAC

10.  Meeting adjourned at 9:27 pm by Sarah Holland.

Sent from my iPad

Pro-D Flyer – City of Prince George

The City Of Prince George coordinates the Pro D Day flyer to be distributed to SD #57 offices prior to each Pro D Day.  The Flyer lists some of the great activities that are offered for kids during their day off school.  The flyer only lists activities that are unique or discounted to kids on the Pro D Days.  Please share this flyer with the staff in your school and with your students.  Feel free to include it in newsletters or promote it on your school websites.

Each Pro D Day Flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at:  (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  Please feel free to link to this site in your newsletters and websites.

There are a lot of great activities available in Prince George for kids during Pro D Days, including events at the YMCA of Northern BC, Pacific Sport Northern BC, IMSS, Two Rivers Gallery, The College of New Caledonia, RollaDome, City Aquatics and Hartland Youth!

Does your PAC want funding from DPAC?

Is your PAC interesting in hiring a speaker for a PAC event, or getting a grant from DPAC? DPAC may be able to assist your PAC.

Decisions on funding are made at general DPAC meetings, usually held on the first Monday of each month. Please submit the request at least one week in advance of the meeting. DPAC has a limited amount of money for grants, and may not be able to fund all requests. Cheques will not be issued until the event occurs, and a final invoice is available.

Please complete the information this form and submit via email to – Request for PAC funding 2014 2015

Use of funds:

  • Speaker Grants: up to $300 towards hiring speakers for PAC events
  • Family of Schools Grants: up to $200 contribution toward a joint event, such as within a family of schools (the group of schools around each secondary school), serving to improve communication/interaction between schools
  • Anti-bullying Grant: up to $200 for PACs to promote anti-bullying in their school
  • BCCPAC Conference Attendance: an application may be made if there is any excess DPAC funding to pay for PAC parent attendance at BCCPAC conferences.

List of Trustee Candidates

SD57 has posted a full list of candidates for school trustee, with contact information:

Our good wishes go out to all the candidates: 

  • Alger, Dori
  • Bekkering, Betty
  • Bella, Trish
  • Bennett, Tim
  • Burton, Andrew
  • Cable, Tony
  • Cooke, Kate
  • Crawford, Valentine
  • Depenau, Eric
  • Fudge, Dennis
  • Harris, Bob
  • Harris, Sheldon
  • Hooker, Brenda
  • MacDonald, Denise
  • Sabo, Don
  • Stern, Chris
  • Warrington, Sharel
  • Wiebe, Bruce

Watch for more information to come!

DPAC to pay for BCCPAC membership for SD57 PACs

At our October general meeting, DPAC representatives voted to pay 100% of PAC memberships for those PACs who apply to BCCPAC.

We usually pay 50% of the membership for PACs who join, and who give us their proxy to vote for them at the BCCPAC AGM. This year, we have the opportunity to tell BCCPAC that we will pay for our PACs directly.


We believe it’s important to have a provincial parent voice. We also believe that it’s important to be able to influence this parent voice through our voting power. There’s a whole list of other reasons as well – you can find them here:


What does my PAC need to do?

Your PAC needs to apply for membership, either by paper form or online:

When the forms asks how you are paying, write in that your DPAC is paying for you.

When the spring BCCPAC AGM is being organized, we will contact your PAC and ask for your proxy vote, if you’re not intending to send anyone to the BCCPAC AGM. Voting is important, and gives us a voice.


Please let us know.

DRAFT Minutes – September 6, 2014

DPAC MINUTES FOR September 6, 2014
7:00 p.m. Sandman Signature

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Darlene Campbell (Vice-chair), Chris Finke (Treasurer), Dennis Fudge (District Associate), Steve Shannon (Director at Large).
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper (Superintendent), Betty Bekkering (School Board Trustee), CUPE (Karen Wong), PGDTA (Tina Cousins & Richard Giroday), PEA (Debbie Coxon), Principals & Vice Principals (Dan Watt)
School Reps: Heather Park Elementary (Sarah Holland), Nusdeh Yoh (Darlene Campbell), Duchess Park Secondary (Darlene Campbell, Karen Clark), Ecole Lac des Bois (Shauna Connor), Nukko Lake Elementary (Lotte Anderson, Gillian Burnett), Spruceland Traditional School (Dennis Fudge), Ecole College Heights Elementary (Jacqui Dockray), Quinson Elementary (Ryan Clarke)DP Todd Sr. Secondary (Chris Finke), Kelly Rd Sr. Secondary (Steve Shannon & Kim Shannon), Hart Highlands Elementary (Teresa Bennett). Nobody joined online tonight.
1. Call to order at 7:01 PM.
2. Adoption of agenda & adoption of June 9, 2014 DPAC meeting minutes-additional items
Agenda & minutes accepted.
3. PAC Networking- intro of attendees.
• DPSS (Darlene) has football has started up. Rugby is about to start up.
• Spruceland Traditional (Dennis) mentioned alternative support to schools with music programs with lease of equipment & related support through a company called Long & McQuade, currently most go through Sight & Sound.
• Ecole Lac des Bois (Shauna) mentioned that the new expanded parking lot is already going to be too small to accommodate parents doing pick-up/drop-off and that there are now signs stating no parking /no stopping on street in front of school.
• General discussion re: teacher’s strike—generally seems to be some misunderstanding & some apathy
• Re: $40/day offered by government to offset costs of child care incurred as children need daycare vs. being in school. Home schooled children can access as well (if through a district). General discussion on access/use for Education Support Program.
• Question if the government/educational system can extend into summer holidays-yes they could.
• Particular questions for partner groups: What is to come of the student conference slated to occur in Kelowna at the end of September? What is the mood going to be like when school starts up after strike is done? After Wednesday’s arbitration vote & if the government is in agreement will they go back to work? Is the general impression that this will be decided before Thanksgiving prior to Christy Clark’s Asian excursion & before the new Legislature commences. Ask the trustees what they are doing.
• Should there be PAC meetings during the strike—not during school hours or on school grounds, or discuss with school administration their goals off-site, via email or phone.
4. Reports
(a) DSAC Report-no report tonight

(b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)—Bargaining completed as of Friday, September 5, 2014 & for ratification this Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday to be completed Tuesday; supporting teachers on picket lines till resolved, but essential services can cross picket lines; lost wages will be reimbursed at certain times, involved in employee service grant. explains ratification.

(c) PGDTA Report (Tina Cousins & Richard Giroday)—Tina: Handouts including list of known PAC chairs. Had a rally last week & encouraging parents to speak up re: concerns. BC Government violated rights of teachers per Supreme Court case pending. State there is $1000 less per student in B.C. compared to average across the country.
Richard: states 3 keys issues: 1)wages & benefits 5yr vs 6yr & 1% apart in wage & benefits; 2)personal to teachers Teachers’ Charter of Rights (supreme Court case) is not negotiable; 3)underfunding of education in B.C-class size & composition, seeking $175 million this year, and $225 million each year after, but government offering status quo of $75 million. BCTF will not entertain binding arbitration if E80 is on the table.

(d) PGPVPA Report (Dan Watt)—VP of Kelly Rd Secondary. P/VP’s prepping for school year start-up doing new registrations, crossing picket lines as not union members, but providing moral support to those picketing.

(e) PEA Report (Debbie Coxon)—(Debbie Coxon-Speech Language Pathologist)—Wishes students & PEA staff (SLP, Psychologists, PT/OT) were in school but they are not crossing picket lines as are union & their contract is up too & entering negotiations. Class composition & support of students needs to be addressed; currently hold waitlists as no time to see all the students they need to.

(f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)—No formal report, but updates to school district website & new website launched. SD57 is supporting P/VP’s to organize schools looking at programming, provincial exams, class lists, considering minimum hours/days needed per school year to achieve learning outcomes. SD 57 must have spring break to coincide with Canada Winter Games in February 2015 as part of city’s agreement in hosting. There are questions re: use of surplus funds being saved due to teachers not being at work/paid. No matter outcomes SD 57 wishes to be “hard on issues, soft on people” as ramifications for school system are unknown.

(g) Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)—60 school districts in B.C. with 300+ trustees, but have had little voice in the current strike with 2 sitting at the negotiation table. All trustees have done a letter campaign to Christy Clark & Peter Fassbender to increase funding using money saved, denouncing the $40/day for daycare vs. putting into education. There is much frustration & sadness & worry for the vulnerable students (not only re: education, but also breakfast programs, socio-emotional effects). Meeting with MLAs Sept 19, 2014. Trustee elections are Nov. 15, 2014 & call is out for names for trustee positions.
5. Elections-secretary position remains open
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)—DPAC Fall conference for PAC parents to be cancelled Oct 19, 2014 & rescheduled.
DPAC to be called re: Back 2 School handout.
In August, 2014, there was a meeting of BCCPAC with DPAC chairs—2 reports on DPAC website, press release & letter to Vince Ready, retraction letter also written.

b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)—Gillian is passing books to Chris Finke. Not accurate for May, June, July, or August related to bank statements not reconciled. Request to access 4 bank statements from bank to avoid crossing picket lines motioned by Gillian, 2nd by Jacqui, All in favour, none opposed. Noted income from when last met. Year to date not finalized. Gillian motioned review of financial books as bylaw states 2 members without signing authority need to assess for accuracy Jacqui 2nd, all in favour, none opposed—Lotta & Jackie to meet, with Gillian & Chris available for input/questions.
Gaming accounts summary report done, confirmation that application received.

c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)—negative responses re: letters, Fassbender mentioned BCCPAC as a voice in this school system; there is an open position of secretary on BCCPAC. Ministry of Education & BCTF will get all BCCPAC information. There have been several petitions sent to MLAs (e.g. in Gordon Head) to suggest government accept binding arbitration.

7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests—none tonight.
b) Fall Conference Report-was scheduled for October 18, 2014, postponed to March 2015, or cancelled & replaced with something like 2 PAC Cafes. Conference committee to discuss.
8. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon, Dennis Fudge)—no meeting
b) Educ. Programs&Planning Committee Report (Darlene Campbell, Chris Finke)-no meeting
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland, Chris Finke)—no meeting
d) Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve Shannon)—no meeting
e) Suggestions for School Board Report—parents concerned re: strike, in support of students’ education.

9. Other Business
a) Strike—has been discussed throughout meeting. See DPAC website for updates, discussions.
b) School board trustee elections—attendance
c) School board trustee forum—attendance
d) BCCPAC Conference in Nanaimo—attendees and application process—need applications by October meeting and grant requests & process/application will be on DPAC website.
e) Priorities for the year—tabled, executive will be meeting to discuss.
f) Next scheduled board meeting-date TBA.
10. Agenda items for next meeting—send to Sarah.

11. Meeting adjourned at 9:59PM by Sarah Holland.

Supporting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids in the Classroom

Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society presents a workshop: 

Supporting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids in the Classroom – Special Guest Speaker:  Debra Russell, University of Alberta

Saturday, October 25 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC  – Rooms 1-308 A & B

$10 per person – includes lunch.  Please register before October 20th at