Reminder: BCCPAC Memberships Due December 31, 2018

Members should now renew their BCCPAC membership for the new 2018-2019 year which runs from September 1 to August 31.

This form should be used for both new and renewal BCCPAC Memberships.


Per BCCPAC Bylaws:

-the Membership year runs from September 1 – August 31
-membership is renewed annually and payable at the beginning of the membership year per BCCPAC Bylaws
-there is an annual fee for maintaining Membership for both DPACs and PACs

Membership payments received by December 31 will ensure your PAC/DPAC has voting privileges at the BCCPAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and that your membership is not terminated per BCCPAC Bylaws. New Membership Applications received after December 31st will still be members but won’t have voting rights at that year’s AGM.

SD 57 DPAC will reimburse the $75 fee when they receive a filled out Proxy Vote form closer to the AGM. This form gives DPAC members attending the AGM the right to vote on behalf of your school (with guidance from you). More proxy votes means a louder voice for our district!

YMCA Grade 6 Initiative

As a part of the YMCA of Northern BC’s partnership with the 2015 Canada Winter Games, this legacy program provides all Grade 6 students in Prince George a free YMCA membership to provide them a safe place to stay active and to develop healthy habits for years to come.

What a Grade 6 Membership Includes:

YMCA Membership
Guest Pass Card
Access to additional recreation programs
Program Orientation

How to Sign-up:

An adult (parent, guardian, teacher, youth group leader)
Proof of school enrollment
Proof of age
Completed registration package (available through the following link)

YMCA Grade 6 Initiative Link

DPAC FoodSafe November 24, 2018

DPAC is hosting a FoodSafe course for PAC volunteers (people who volunteer in our public schools) on Saturday, November 24th, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre.  A book and certificate will be provided for each participant.

As a reminder, when FoodSafe added expiry dates for FoodSafe certification, people who held FoodSafe at that time were grandfathered in – but those FoodSafe certificates expire in 2018. 

Eventbrite - Prince George DPAC - FoodSafe for PACs - November 24, 2018

What does Foodsafe do?

  • protects public health
  • prepare for employment as a Care Provider or in the food industry
  • to volunteer as a food handler
  • protect your businesses from litigation or embarrassment

As a reminder, for school food programs and PAC fundraising where food is involved, at least one on-site parent is required to have valid FoodSafe certification.

Class runs from 8:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COST: $30 (to cover the book and certificate cost – DPAC is funding the course itself)
Lunch break is from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
DPAC will be providing lunch and snacks.

FoodSafe is a B.C. Ministry of Health required program for people working in the food service industry. Graduates are registered with the B.C. Ministry of Health and will receive a FoodSafe certificate.

You need to bring your CareCard number to the class.

Consultation deadline extended

As announced at the June 19th school board meeting, and copied from the School District website:

The Survey Deadline Date has been extended and will now be accessible until midnight on Friday June 29th, 2018

Also, if you would like to provide feedback in addition to the Survey, please feel free to send your feedback to the following e-mail addresses, by no later than Friday June 29th, 2018:

For Edgewood Elementary Catchment Feedback:

For French Immersion Programming Feedback:

Parent presentation made at school board meeting June 19th and analysis:

Want to send in your comments on Duchess Park capacity, but don’t have a survey?

We have some methods from the board chair and superintendent about ways to provide input for people who wouldn’t be receiving a survey.

Written submissions can be directed through the District Office to the Office of the Superintendent, Board of Trustees or to the attention of C. Molcak:

School District #57 (Prince George)
Attn: C. Molcak
2100 Ferry Ave., Prince George, BC V2L 4R5

The school board chair, Tim Bennett, gave out his contact information at the meeting at Duchess Park, repeated here:

Board Chair // School District 57 (Prince George)
250.649.8316 // // @tiben12

Contact information for the entire board can be found here:

Draft surveys from board agenda package: Surveys from 2018.05.29 Regular Public Board Book

Presentation at Duchess Park

This presentation was made by the Duchess Park PAC related to the various consultations going on about catchment and capacity in the district.

If you have any questions, or if you would like access to spreadsheets or other data, please contact

2018 June 11 Information Session – Duchess Park PAC


  • The surveys are in the mail! They’re expected to arrive Tuesday/Wednesday. DPAC or the Duchess Park PAC cannot take any surveys, if you don’t receive a letter visit
  • During the presentation, the principal of Duchess Park was asked, given his experience with setting up classes, how many students it would take to run a viable French immersion program in a school. His estimate would be about 50 students a grade.
  • The survey refers to an option for French immersion secondary programs to be offered at two schools. In the presentation, the numbers used refer to it at Kelly Road and PGSS based solely on numbers – the schools are not specified in the survey.
  • Use your voice, fill out the survey, and make suggestions to the district. There’s a reason that they are asking for input, and this is everyone’s opportunity to provide input to the district.

Duchess Park Information Session

Draft surveys from board agenda package: Surveys from 2018.05.29 Regular Public Board Book

The Parent Advisory Council is putting on an information session about the surveys and consultation that are going out to French immersion parents, staff, and students, and Edgewood parents.

  • Find out more about the capacity challenges that Duchess Park is facing, and the options that are being explored.
  • We encourage everyone to fill out their survey, and let the superintendent and board know your thoughts and your questions.
  • A decision has not been reached on this matter, and from all signs, the district is quite serious about looking for feedback.
  • The information session is open to all interested parents, staff, and students.

Join us June 11th, at 7pm, at Duchess Park in the Theatre.

Duchess Park PAC


PAC Cafe-all parents welcome

For all volunteer members of parent advisory councils. This may include the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other positions you may have – Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Fundraising, as well as any interested parents. This is a fun and flexible event – bring your questions, concerns, or great ideas!

  • Share ideas and challenges
  • Network with other PAC volunteers in your area
  • Get ideas from other volunteers doing your job
  • Enjoy a catered lunch

Pre-registration is required.

We charge a nominal fee of $5 per attendee for SD57 attendees. Please contact or if this is a barrier to your attendance, as we have a budget to ensure all are included.

If you are from Hixon, Mackenzie, McBride, or Valemount, please let us know, as we should be able to assist with travel costs.

Questions? Email

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General Meeting June 4, 2018

Web conference link:

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, June 4th, 2018, 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, once all reports are complete, about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report () –
f) Trustee Report (Sharel Warrington)

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Trudy Klassen & Andrea Beckett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Arlene McKibbin)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Guest Speaker/Seminar/Conference for upcoming 2018-2019 year
– What topics, speakers, events, etc. would people like to see
– Ivan Coyote
– Rick Hansen (share costs with…? Another local partner group or organization?)
– DPAC conference for next year?
– Food Safe for next year (twice again?)
b) Foodsafe report (Kim Pryschlak)
c) PAC Café – upcoming on June 9th, 2018 @ Civic Centre (Andrea Beckett & Sarah Holland mediating)
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Trudy)
d) Extended Committee of the Whole –
e) Suggestions for School Board Report –
8. Other Business
a) Increasing parent and PAC engagement with the DPAC
b) Open vacancy for DPAC executive positions of Secretary and Director at Large
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 10th @ 6:30pm/1800hrs, Van Bien Training Centre