Parent Education

This past year parents have had to adapt and navigate increased stress more than ever during this pandemic. They are teaching, finding alternate activities and social outlets for their families, and balancing health risks.

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is here for you!  Join us virtually at the BCCPAC Parent Education Conference: Empowerment through Knowledge and Sharing on Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29, 2021. The theme and content focus over the two day event is “Empowerment through Knowledge and Sharing”. We strongly believe parents/guardians become more empowered for themselves and their children through a better understanding of all that encompasses “schooling and parenting” (during and post-pandemic) and by sharing what they learn and their experiences with their peers.

One of the most exciting parts of this conference will be the keynote speaker, Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Dr. Gordon Neufeld is  a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. He is a foremost authority on child development, an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. In addition, the BCCPAC parent education conference will also have closing Keynote Speaker Dr. Ashley Miller, child and adolescent psychiatrist, family therapist, and Award-winning educator and author of “What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work”. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia where she serves as co-director of family therapy training. Other speaker sessions lined up to empower and educate parents will include:

  • An opening address and Q&A with the Minister of Education, the Honorable Jennifer Whiteside
  • Mental Health in Schools session with Jennifer McCrae, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division, Ministry of Education
  • Policy for Enhanced Student Learning session with Shelaina Postings, Executive Director, Sector Policy and Performance, Ministry of Education
  • Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship, and Cyberbullying session with Dr. Greg Gerber from Safer Schools Together BC.
  • Tyrone McNeil, president of First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and vice-president of the Stó:lō Tribal Council will be discussing First Nations Education and the Parent’s Role

For more information and schedule of events & sessions please click here.

DPAC will reimburse $35/parent regardless of whether their PAC is a BCCPAC member or not or whether they registered before or after the early bird deadline. If they register and attend, they get $35 (sent to their school PAC) after the conference. See fee schedule below.

The early-bird registration deadline is this Monday May 3.