District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC)

DPAC

The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is the official voice of parents for our district. B.C.'s School Act says a DPAC's job is to advise Boards of Education on “matters related to education in the school district.”

The DPAC meets once a month and is made up of two members from each school's Parent Advisory Council (PAC). PACs also usually meet once a month and give parents a voice in the day-to-day happenings at their school.

PACs and the DPAC are a great way to be involved in your child's education. The collective voice of parents makes a difference and influences school district policies and initiatives.

September 2023 Welcome Back PAC Letter

What exactly is a PAC?

PAC stands for Parent Advisory Council. PACs are the official parent voice for SD73. Each PAC is encouraged to elect two reps to attend our monthly DPAC meetings.

DPAC elects an executive to conduct business between meetings but our direction is determined by our members, just like at PACs.

What is the role of DPAC? 
Our mandate, according to the School Act, is to advise the Board of Education on any matter relating to education in the school district. We funnel parent input to decision-makers in our district. We facilitate communication – we send a lot of information out to the PACs on upcoming events and programs that might interest them.

We provide training and education for parents, as well as opportunities for exchanging ideas. We host speakers and put on workshops and networking events.

We function as a resource for individual parents and PACs as they do their work at the school level.

Why is parent involvement important? 
It's about the kids. Research shows that families have a major influence on their children's achievement in school. When schools, families & community organizations work together to support learning, children not only achieve better academically, but also stay in school longer.

It's also about building relationships. Parents feel more comfortable going into the school to advocate on behalf of their children if they already know the staff.

All forms of parent involvement are important. From fundraising to drafting policies, we make a difference every day!

Contact DPAC

How can DPAC support your PAC? What can we do for you? Let us know!

E-mail us: DPAC

Check out our website: http://dpac.sd73.bc.ca

Attend our meetings, usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month (excluding December and March) at the Henry Grube Education Centre.

DPAC Meeting Schedule - 2023-2024 / 2024-2025
Third Tuesday of the Month (Excluding December and March) - 2023-2024 
September 19
October 17
November 21
January 16
February 20
April 16
May 21
June 18
Third Tuesday of the Month (Excluding December and March) - 2024-2025 
September 17
October 15
November 19
January 21
February 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
Zoom Meeting Information

Zoom Meeting Link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84968620676?pwd=QjFDMlV0bHM0VytwbkdaVGpWN1ZyQT09

Meeting ID: 849 6862 0676
Passcode: 456446

Meeting Minutes

 
January 16, 2024

General Meeting Minutes - January 16, 2024

Newsletter - Inclusion and Equity

SD73 DPAC Financial Report - January 2024

SD73 DPAC Parent Engagement Night

Farm to School - February 27, 2024 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hosted by The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC)

Grow Outside the Box.

Let's explore success stories from School District 73 and across the province. All parents and family members from SD73 welcome!

This online information session will highlight:

  • School gardens
  • Food literacy projects, and
  • Innovative learning approaches

Guest Speaker: Sonya Rokosh Farm to School BC Community Animator

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 825 9592 8252
Passcode: 242223

Foundry Kamloops Family Advisory

Join the Youth/Young Adult Advisory Committee

The Foundry Kamloops Family Youth/Young Adult Advisory Committee (YCA) is looking for people ages 12-24 who want to be involved in health and wellness Initiatives. Sign up here.

In the YAC, we:

  • make meaningful difference in our community
  • co-create the Foundry space & programming
  • advocate for services we want to see available
  • discuss health & wellness topics
  • participate in a variety of activities for all skill levels
  • hold regular meetings (we bring the snacks)
  • get volunteer hours
Join the Family Advisory Committee

The Foundry Kamloops Family Committee (FAC) is looking for caregivers of youth/young adults to voice the unique needs of families in our community, and ensure they are represented in all aspects of Foundry operations. Sign up here.

In the FAC, we:

  • advise on services to support local families
  • develop plans for service delivery to youth
  • identify safety risks & policy requirements
  • collaborate to run focus groups for family resources
  • offer a range of engagement activities
  • support community events

Contact Lisa, Foundry Kamloops Manager:

778-694-0134

Email Foundry Kamloops HERE

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