Advanced Employment Skills Certificate (AESC) Program

This post has information about a new UNBC Program, which may be of interest to parents of grade 12 students in Prince George.

The Program is called the Advanced Employment Skills Certificate (AESC) Program; plans are to run it for the first time in Prince George in September, 2016.

There is an information session about the AESC on Wednesday, November 25th at 7pm in the UNBC Teaching & Learning Atrium (invite attached).

See for more information.


Sports Day Flyer from City of Prince George


Sports Day in Canada (November 21st) is a day to celebrate sport across the nation.  The City of Prince George, in partnership with PacificSport Northern BC and the YMCA of Northern BC,  are promoting a number of FREE  activities during the week of November 14th to November 21st.  Please find two attachments to this email:

  1. Celebrate Sports Day in Canada flyer listing some great activities that are free to the community in celebration of Sports Day.  Enjoy a number of different sports or activities during the week: activities for nearly all ages are available.
  2. YMCA Yoga for Peace poster with information about free yoga classes available at the YMCA on November 14th.  The Yoga programs are for ages 14 years and up.


These  flyers are promoted as a community service by the City of Prince George and partnering organizations.

The Sports Day flyers/posters are also available on the City Of Prince George website at under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).   This is the direct link: http://cityadmin/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms/SportsDay

Please feel free to link to this site on your school websites and list it in your November newsletters.  A link in the school monthly newsletter is the best way to reach most students and parents/caregivers.  Please also feel free to share the flyer or link with staff, administration as well as parents and students.

As part of the Sports Day celebrations, don’t forget that Friday November 20th is Jersey Day across Canada.  It’s a great opportunity to get students and staff wearing their favourite team jersey or club uniform to school, work or play!  For more information about Jersey Day visit the Sports Day in Canada website at:

Thank you for your time in sharing this resource.

Please note: The Community Partnerships offices have moved to #201-1300 First Ave (above Tourism PG)

Marta Gregor

Community Coordinator, City of Prince George

Phone: (250) 561-7798  Fax: (250) 561-7799


Motivation and Your Teen

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Please check out the resources included in this flyer on motivation and your teen. Click below and get an e-book – 16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager. There is a neat video clip on growth mindset and a list of community counselling services in our school district.

Linda Campbell

e-book, 16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager. by Daniel Wong

Download the e-book here


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for teens to read

mental illness and substance abuse hurts motivation

Mental health difficulties can make life challenging, and they can zap our motivation and zest for life. We can find it hard to be enthusiastic about doing anything.

a great video clip to watch with your teen or child

and If you are ever worried at all about your child’s mental health, great resources below

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Agenda for General Meeting Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Web conference link for remote attendees:


Other items for the meeting will be posted closer to the time.

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, November 2nd, 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) Treasurer’s Report (Kim Shannon, Candice Bate)
d) BCCPAC Report ( )

7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents
b) Grant requests
c) Fall conference report
d) Future event planning

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

9. Other Business
a) Radon

b) DPAC Chair summit November 7th – three questions for discussion:
• What areas do you believe are most important for your DPAC to focus on?
• What resources or information would help your DPAC be more effective?
• In a perfect world, what role would you like your DPAC to play in your district?


10. Agenda items for next meeting

11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Does your PAC need funding from DPAC?

DPAC has some funds set aside for supporting activities that foster parental involvement in the schools and promote effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.

If your PAC would like funding or support for holding such an activity, please get in touch with us for more details.

In the past, we’ve asked people to fill out a form for certain uses of funds. If the activity you’d like funded doesn’t fall within those guidelines, please just let us know – we are looking to be as flexible as possible, as long as it’s an activity that fosters parental involvement in the schools.

Decisions on funding are made at general DPAC meetings, usually held on the first Monday of each month. Please submit the request in advance of the meeting.

Please complete the information this form and submit via email to exec@sd57dpac. ca – Request for PAC funding 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.
  • Something else that helps foster parental involvement in the schools, and/or promotes effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.

Presentations from conference #1

We are collecting presentations from the our conference for posting, and will be posting them as received. Here are the first two:


Further to the Bylaws presentation, here are some sample bylaws for a DPAC and a PAC:

These bylaws may be a starting point for PACs or DPACs looking to create, or update, their own bylaws.

And to be complete – here is the school act:

Conference happens this Saturday!

We still have some tickets available, as we have moved our keynote speech to a larger room. To register, please click here:
Eventbrite - DPAC Northern Regional Conference 2015

Agenda: agenda

Workshop descriptions: 2015 Oct Conference Delegates – Program

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Pre-registration is strongly advised.

The conference doors open at 8am for registrations (and coffee!).

We will be gathering in auditorium #3 downstairs at the Civic Centre.

We will be starting promptly at 8:30am to respect the time of our attendees and presenters.

An important note on parking – the Civic Centre recommends using the lot between the Coliseum and City Hall on Saturday.

Parking map:


Free tickets still available to PACs

Each PAC in this district can register two people at no charge for our upcoming conference, which costs $30 a ticket otherwise.
There are a number of PACs that haven’t yet registered for their tickets – some will be planning to register as we get closer to the conference, but some may not be planning to go, or may not be aware of the conference.
If you’re a parent in one of the following schools, you may wish to contact your PAC or your principal, to see if you can use one of the free tickets.
The following PACs have not yet registered for their tickets:
  • Beaverly Elementary
  • Blackburn Elementary
  • Centre for Learning Alternatives
  • College Heights Secondary
  • D P Todd Secondary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Glenview Elementary
  • Harwin Elementary
  • Heather Park Elementary
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Kelly Road Secondary
  • McBride Centennial Elementary  (travel subsidies available!)
  • McBride Secondary  (travel subsidies available!)
  • Pineview Elementary
  • Pinewood Elementary
  • Prince George Secondary
  • Ron Brent Elementary
  • Valemount Elementary  (travel subsidies available!)
  • Valemount Secondary  (travel subsidies available!)
  • Van Bien Elementary
  • Vanway Elementary
  • Westwood Elementary
These PACs have registered for one ticket so far:
  • Buckhorn Elementary
  • Giscome School
  • Mackenzie Secondary School
  • Morfee Elementary
  • Nukko Lake
  • Quinson Elementary
  • Spruceland
The following PACs have registered for their two free tickets:
  • Ecole College Heights Elementary
  • Ecole Duchess Park
  • Ecole Lac des Bois
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Hart Highlands Elementary
  • Hixon Elementary
  • Malaspina Elementary
  • Nusdeh Yoh
  • Peden Hill Elementary
  • Polaris Montessori
  • Southridge
To register for the Fall Conference, held Saturday, October 24th, please click here:

To find out more about the conference, please click here:

Coming in from out of town for DPAC conference?

We have arranged a special rate at the Ramada – $109.00/night for our premier one king and our premier two queen rooms and $131.00/night for our king suite.

Guest Room Accommodations

We have created an open block for your guest rooms. We are offering a rate of $109.00/night for our premier one king and our premier two queen rooms and $131.00/night for our king suite.
$ 15.00 additional person in room
All rates are subject to applicable taxes.
Rates are quoted in Canadian funds.
Rates quoted are net non-commissionable
Rates will be made available to function attendees three nights prior and three nights after the function for those wishing to extend their stay in Prince George.
Rates quoted include complimentary secured parking with valet service.

Reservation Procedure – Individual Makes Their Own
Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at the numbers listed below and mentioning the group name DISTRICT PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL or group code CG0801 to receive the special rate:

Ramada Plaza George Reservations Direct 1.250.563.0055
Ramada Plaza George Toll Free 1.800.830.8833

Check-in / Check-out
Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.