DPAC Minutes – Dec 5

Thank you to all who attended our Monthly DPAC Meeting on December 5. We are getting great participation from PACs. There was a celebration and appreciation for all that PACs do to support our school communities. We had a lively discussion about how PACs struggle to get parents involved and communicate with families. There are some big fundraising goals including outdoor playgrounds, sports equipment, and technology. See details in our minutes below. A more detailed report on playground grants will be available on the SD57 website in the new year.

We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break with family and friends over the holidays. See you in 2023!

DPAC Minutes – Oct 3

We had 15 parents representing 14 schools at our October DPAC Meeting. A total of 7 partners joined us from the Office of the Superintendent, School Trustees, Prince George District Teachers Association, Principals and Vice Principals Association, and CUPE Local 3742 (inside workers).

We had a great discussion on inclusion and equality ensuring all students receive a full day of education and individual education planning. The appeals process has been rolled out to support families resolve conflicts or difficult circumstances for students from K-Grade 12.

You’ll also notice the announcement of our FoodSafe course on Oct 29 with pricing details. Online course reimbursement is available as well.

Save the date! PAC Cafe is Sat November 5 from 11-2pm at the Civic Centre.

Reach out anytime at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

DPAC Minutes – Sep 12, 2022

Welcome back to school everyone! We held our first monthly DPAC meeting of the year on Monday September 12 on Microsoft Teams. It was great to see some new and familiar faces. We got a great update on school start up from Superintendent Heitman. Please review the minutes below.

DPAC Executive and Upcoming AGM

We have an amazing executive team:

  • Chair – Laura Weller
  • Vice-Chair – Christa Porter
  • Secretary – Tara Gauthier
  • Treasurer – Rickie Mitchell
  • Director – Andrea Beckett

At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday October 3, we will be electing the executive for the 2022-23 school year and approving our budget. All the positions are open with up to 5 Directors. We need more support to do the important work of representing parents and PACs in our district. If you are interested in getting involved and contributing in any way, talk to us!

All Candidates Forum – Wed. September 28

DPAC is working alongside our SD57 District partners to host an All Candidates Forum for School Board Trustees. This will be a hybrid event in person at Vanier Hall (PGSS) and virtual. Please plan to attend, gather information, and vote! October 15 means more change in our district but also an opportunity for growth. Have your say in public education.

Please follow us on Facebook, find the event info, and share with other parents. More details will be posted in the coming days.

Contact us anytime at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

YAY! February DPAC Meeting – Catchment & Capacity – Feb 7th

Don’t forget that our monthly DPAC meeting is tonight Monday February 7th @ 6:30pm so join us via the comfort of your home and PJ’s via MS Teams at this link.

For obvious safety reasons and the current state of the Covid pandemic there will be no in person meeting this month, instead our January meeting will be held virtually only. Our theme this month is Catchment & Capacity and we are discussing:

  • what are the capacity questions, concerns and experiences you have had as a parent at the school(s) your family attends?
    • what questions do you have around how catchment is determined in SD57?
    • what do you see as the short term as well long term challenges with capacity facing our district?
    • what are some potential solutions or opportunities you see for our district? What have you seen or heard from other districts that you think may be helpful for our district?
If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

Oh! Did you know our City of PG website has maps?? Lots and lots of cool maps, including the ability to see the catchment details for all elementary and secondary schools?? (psst… click on the link above, scroll down to PGMap and check out the screenshots below on how to see and do this):

So come, bring a friend, a cup of something warm and yummy to drink (we won’t check what you put in it – honest) and join us for a round table discussion on what the challenges and opportunities for providing education are in our growing city and community. As usual, all our partner groups will be attending including our new Superintendent Cindy Heitman (yay!), Joanne Hapke representing PG Teachers Association, representative for the PG Principals and Vice-Principals Association, CUPE representation, a member of our Board of Trustees and others.

DPAC Minutes – November 2021 – Safety Quiz

Our DPAC Meeting on November 1 had a lively discussion about Safety in and around our schools. Much is being done to ensure students feel safe and have a sense of belonging in our schools.

Check out our Safety Quiz on SurveyMonkey to learn more about our theme this month. Safety Matters Survey (surveymonkey.com)

We had a Presentation from Acting Superintendent Cindy Heitman.

Please also take some time to review the presentation regarding Facility Services. Some great data and information on how our buildings are heated and ventilated to high standards. Big thanks to Barry Bepple and Brett Apolczer for putting this together.

Reach out to us anytime at info@sd57dpac.ca. Thanks!

DPAC Minutes – October 2021 – Inclusion Survey

Our theme this month is Inclusion which includes equality and sexual orientation and gender identity topics. We had a great discussion with PACs at the beginning of the meeting about what parents can do to support inclusion and identity at home. We had presentations from various stakeholders and partners from the District on how values, policy, and curriculum drive the organization to create welcoming spaces for all.

Please take a minute to do our Inclusion Quiz on SurveyMonkey. It will give you insights into our District.


Take a look at the minutes from our October 4th meeting below. Plan to attend our November 1 meeting on MS Teams with the theme of Safety.

DPAC Minutes – September 2021 – Advocacy Survey

Our theme this month is Advocacy. We had a great discussion with PACs at the beginning of the meeting about what issues parents are advocating for on behalf of their children and what PACs advocate for at their school. We presentations from various stakeholders and partners from the District on what Advocacy means to them and how they work to support students and families.

Please take a minute to give us feedback on this SurveyMonkey. It will help DPAC gather information to continue our work advocating for all parents in our District.

Advocacy Quiz Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Our first meeting of the year was on September 13, a successful “hybrid” meeting with attendees at Van Bien Training Centre and virtually on Microsoft Teams. Take a look at the minutes below.

Contact us anytime at info@sd57dpa.ca.

June Monthly Meeting & Traffic Town Hall

This Monday June 7th we are holding our Traffic Town Hall as part of our monthly DPAC meeting SD57 Traffic Town Hall. The monthly DPAC meeting will start at 6:30 as per our usual time, with Community and Partner group representatives joining us to start the Traffic Town Hall at 7pm.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

May Minutes are posted here.

June 2021 Treasurer’s Report:

Education Programs & Planning Committee Report:

Expanded Committee of the Whole (ECOW – budget) Report:

Education Services Committee Report: