Strategies for Supporting Student Mental Wellness Workshop

Join us on January 19th for an informational workshop on supporting youth mental wellness in the  school setting. The session will be offered at two different times at the Van Bien Training and  Development Centre (311 Wilson Crescent):
 7:00-8:30 p.m. – This session is designed for parents, youth and community members. (To
register, please contact Cindy Morris at Student Support Services for School District 57. She  can be reached at (250) 561-9235 or

More information: Workshop Flyer

Superintendent Resignation

DPAC was on the email list today for an email sent out by Brian Pepper, Superintendent of Schools, to announce his resignation.

We thank Mr. Pepper for his service to our children over the years, and wish him the best in the future.


Dear Chairperson:

For reasons connected to health and opportunity, I am submitting this resignation to you today.  My final day of employment will be December 31, 2015.  

I have enjoyed every day in School District No. 57 (Prince George).  

My school experiences as a teacher, vice principal and principal allowed me to work in service to thousands of students and their families.    My teachers, support staff and administrative colleagues worked in unison providing a productive, collegial environment focused on quality curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students.  District support staff worked tirelessly to maintain facilities and support school staff delivering service to students.  I am honoured to have worked with such “kid centred” teams.

My final decade in the Board Office as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent allowed me to learn about a system striving to make learning more relevant for students yet facing complicated fiscal challenges.  Again, I was blessed to work beside dedicated teams unrelenting in their drive to balance pressures and provide support to our schools.  I am proud that financial challenge was never used as an excuse for inaction.  This team of “angels” saw each problem as an opportunity to make our system more responsive to the needs of students, staff and community.  As a result, student achievement improved.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with community, parent and media partners.  Their interest in working together in service to youth and the community at large has been enlightening, enriching and motivating.  I know we have only ignited a portion of the potential opportunities available and will watch carefully as growth and partnership opportunities expand in the coming decade.

School District No. 57 (Prince George) has been a wonderful place to work and learn.  Learning is, and must remain, the primary focus of all work and decision making in the school district!  

There is no greater privilege than to be allowed to not only touch the future, but shape it. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to serve others.

Brian Pepper, Learner

School board meeting – December 8, 2015

This may be a record for SD57 board meetings – the annual inaugural meeting just took about 7 minutes.

  • Tony Cable – elected as chair.
  • Tim Bennett – elected as vice-chair.
  • Sharel Warrington – elected as BCSTA provincial counsellor.
  • Bruce Wiebe – elected as BCPSEA representative.

No positions were contested.

As a technical note, SD57 makes two methods avaible to view board meetings – a link for Windows, and a link to Mac. The link for Windows doesn’t seem to work on current versions of Windows, but people can use the Mac link to view –  mmsh:// Copy that text to the clipboard, open up VLC player (possibly downloading it first – it’s a very good media player though), and then Media, Open Location from Clipboard.



Agenda – General Meeting – December 7, 2015

Web conference link:

A web conference link will be available, for people who are not able to attend the meeting in person. Please email if any questions.


Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
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. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)
a) DSAC Report ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Professional Employees Association ( )
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5. Elections –Vacant Director position

6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report ( )
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents
b) Grant requests
c) Future event planning

8. Advising School District
a) Rural Consultation Committee
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon, )
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( Mike Gagel, )
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland, )
e) Suggestions for School Board Report

9. Other Business

a) BCCPAC Resolutions
b) Radon
c) Sports Insurance

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