Agenda for December 1, 2014 DPAC Meeting

Apologies – due to technical difficulties, will not be webcasting this meeting.


Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1.      Call to order, Secretary
2.      Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3.      PAC Networking and discussion (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.      Presentation from Shawn Peters, Diversity Prom (5 minutes)
5.      Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)

  1. DSAC Report (Robin Keahey, Hayley Jakubowski)
  2. CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
  3. Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
  4. Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
  5. Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
  6. Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
  7. Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)

 (5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6.      Reports from BCCPAC Conference (2 minutes each, plus written reports)
7.      Officer and Committee Reports

  1. Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
  3. BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
  4. Grant requests
  5. Request from Quesnel DPAC
  6. Communication with PACs – we@sel and surveying
  7. PAC Cafe planning – January 24th. Location and topics.
  8. FoodSafe
  9. Conference – call for committee, with tentative date for conference Saturday, April 18th
  10. Education Services Committee Report (Steve)
  11. Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
  12. Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
  13. Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve)
  14. Calendar Committee (Leanne, Darlene ) – meeting Thursday, November 27th, at 3:30pm.
  15. Suggestions for School Board Report
  16. Revisions to policy on Respectful Workplaces & Harassment

8.      PAC and Parent Assistance
9.      Advising School District

10.  Other Business

  1. Planning for prospective meeting with new school board
  2. Resolutions for upcoming BCCPAC AGM, May 1 to 3, 2015

11.  Agenda items for next meeting
12.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 5th,  at 7:00 pm,  Van Bien.

Sports Day in Canada – November 29th

Please find (attached) a special edition flyer for Sports Day in Canada (November 29th).  This one-page document is provided as a community service by the City Of Prince George and lists all the great (and free) activities available for youth and their families as Sports Day is celebrated across Canada.  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.

2014 Sports Day Flyer

Prince George Pro-D Day flyer for November 28th

November 28 Flyer

These are the events listed in the flyer for the upcoming Pro D Day:

  • College of New Caledonia – Continuing Education

o    Introduction to Computer Programming for Kids

  • Exploration Place

o    Hands on activities at discounted admission prices

  • Hartland Baptist Church

o    Hartland Youth Games Night

  • Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society

o    Movie Matinee

  • LA Promotions

o    Pro D Day Fun

  • Pacific Sport Northern BC

o    Pro D Day Camp

  • Prince George Aquatic Centre and Four Seasons Leisure Pool

o    Fun and Games

  • Prince George Public Library

o    Drive-In Movie Theatre

  • Rolladome

o    Public Skating – discounted prices

  • Two Rivers Gallery

o    Creativity Day Camp

  • YMCA of Northern BC

o    ‘Out of this World’ Recreational Program

o    Licensed Child Care

o    Pro D Day Skating at the Coliseum

For details about program times, locations, rates and ages for admission, as well as any other information please visit The City of Prince George website for the full Pro D Day flyer and links to the organizations that are hosting events:

Social Emotional Learning Flyer for Parents and Teens

This flyer contains articles such as:

helping kids cope with stress

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles.

But it’s not always easy for parents to know what to do for a child who’s feeling stressed.

Here are a few ideas:

Election Results

The election results have been made public on the school district website, and the following 7 people received the highest number of votes:

  • Trish Bella
  • Brenda Hooker
  • Sharrel Warrington
  • Tim Bennett
  • Tony Cable
  • Bruce Wiebe
  • Bob Harris

Our thanks go out to all candidates who stood for election, and for the outgoing trustees who have served this district.

The new board will take office at the inaugural meeting, December 9th.

Where and When to Vote

November 15th, 2014 (General Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School


  • Mackenzie District Office
  • McBride Village office
  • Valemount Community Hall
  • Electoral Area F:
    Eastline Activity Centre, 21840 Upper Fraser Road, Willow River, BC V0J 3C0
    Ferndale Community Hall, 14150 Ferndale Road, Prince George, BC V2K 5C9
    Shell-Glen Fire Hall, 3985 Shelley Road, Prince George, BC V2K 5G1
    Sinclair Mills Community Hall, 37832 Upper Fraser Road, Prince George, BC V0J 3M0
  • Electoral Area H:
    Village of McBride, 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride, BC V0J 2E0
    Valemount Community Hall, 101 Gorse Street, Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0
    Dunster Community Hall, 7085 Read Road, Dunster, BC V0J 1J0
    Tete Jaune Community Hall, 14270 Blackman Road, Tete Jaune, BC V0E 2Z0
  • Bear Lake Local Community:
    Bear Lake Local Community Commission Office, 353 Grizzly Avenue, Bear Lake, BC V0J 3G0


More information here:

Sharel Warrington: Answers to DPAC Questions

DPAC questions emailed to trustee candidates October 28th, at 8:30pm. Answers received from Sharel Warrington November 10th

1. What do you think is important to parents in the district?

As a parent it was important that my children were excited to go to school each day, that they looked forward to their academic challenges, the opportunities to participate in school sports and fine arts programs. It was important that they were supported by thoughtful and effective teachers, teachers who went that extra mile to ensure they knew each of my children and their needs. It was important that their teachers welcomed me into the conversation on how together we could make their education the best it could be. It was also important that there was a supportive, safe, caring and welcoming culture in each school my children attended.

I believe these are the areas of most importance to our parents. They rely on our teachers and schools to put their children’s interests and needs first. They are relying on our public education system to prepare and support their children to be responsible, thoughtful and engaged citizens with the skills and abilities to contribute to society.

2. Why are you running for trustee?

I am seeking re-election for a 4th term. During my nine years on the board, the past three as board chair and 30 years as an elementary and secondary teacher, I have acquired an in-depth working knowledge of the operation of the district. During these nine years I have committed to being a strong voice dedicated to addressing the needs of our students and our schools. Our schools have an increasing responsibility of addressing all areas of a childs development. I believe If we truly value “learning that enriches the life of each student” providing the resources and supports needed must be the number one priority of the district and board. We are responsible for ensuring our classrooms and schools are healthy, safe and responsive learning environments. We are responsible for providing equity of access to all programs and services for all students. There is unfinished work to be done and I am seeking re-election to be part of this work.

3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the role of trustee?

During my nine years on the board, I have committed to understanding the governance, stewardship and leadership responsibilities of being a trustee. These include knowing the responsibilities of school boards under the School Act and government legislation. as well as understanding the policies and operations of the district.

Understanding the role of trustee has required a commitment for research and thoughtful decision making. Understanding the operating challenges of the district, the growing complexities facing our classrooms and the needs of our students and employees are all aspects of being a trustee that I have invested my nine years in and will continue to do so.

Preparation for the role of trustee is ongoing. It is a professional journey, a personal and collective responsibility. As a trustee we are members of a team of eight including our superintendent. A team that needs to be cohesive and committed to keeping the focus of all district decision on the best interests of our students.

4. How will you ensure that the schools in this district are safe and caring places for all students?

As mentioned in the previous question, the responsibility of the board is to ensure all district decisions are in the best interests of our students. That includes safe and caring places for all students to learn and grow. While it is important to have policies in place, it is more important that as a district we focus on supporting practices in all our schools and classrooms that ensure healthy, safe, caring, inclusive and responsive learning environments.

5. How do you see your role as trustee in relation to the superintendent and staff?

The relationship between each trustee, the superintendent and staff must be one of respect and trust. Trustees need to understand their role in governing the district and the superintendents role in managing the operations of the district.

The board and the superintendent need to work together in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation. The work of the board, the superintendent and staff requires respecting the importance of confidentiality at the same time the need for transparency that allows open and responsible debate whether in committee or at the board table.

Trustees individually and the board collectively rely on the Superintendent and staff to keep them fully informed and to provide timely and professional advice that assists the board in making balanced and sustainable decisions. The key to the relationship between the board, its superintendent and staff is respect and trust, collaboration and teamwork. A team that is cohesive and respects its diverse talents and views, challenges the status quo, is open to new ideas and creates a win-win culture throughout the district. .

6. How will you demonstrate and communicate the accountability and transparency of the school board to parents and to the community?

Over the past nine years, each of the three boards have worked to improve both the accountability and transparency of the boards work. The relationship and communication between the board and partner groups has been a priority. The inclusion of partner representation on board committees, budget development and consultation all have improved. Is there more to be done? Definitely.

The future direction of the district through a strategic planning process has been started by the current board. This will involve the engagement of partner groups and community members. It is through this process that improved accountability and transparency may be achieved.

Informing the public and parents of the boards work also requires greater involvement of the media, our improved web site, school liaison representation at PAC’s and trustee involvement in the community initiatives and events.

The current board has worked on greater transparency at the board table. Trustees are encouraged to provide notice of motion on items they wish to have debated at the public table. This has allowed time for staff and trustees to research and to be informed on the issues and for trustees to be prepared to debate publicly.

Past boards have been criticized for lack of transparency and decisions made behind closed doors. While in camera meetings are needed for items required to be discussed in camera, your current board has worked to ensure more transparency at the public table. Regarding the availability of district information, all district public documents including board public documents should be easily accessed through the districts web site.

7. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I have dedicated over 40 years in the service of this district as a teacher and as a trustee. Throughout that time I have been committed to moving our district forward and making a difference in the lives of our students. On November 15th, I ask your support to continue this important work. On November 15th re-elect Sharel Warrington