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May 2018 AGM Minutes

Please find the minutes of our May 22 Burnaby DPAC Annual General Meeting here: 2018-05-22 DPAC AGM Minutes_Final

Following the DPAC AGM, the newly elected 2018-2019 DPAC Executive met and appointed the following executive positions for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Chairperson: Laura Ward
  • Vice Chairperson: Dave Dye
  • Treasurer: Calvin Taplay
  • Secretary: Ashley Sandquist
  • Members at Large: Herman Louie, Evangeline Jonasson, Shams Chowdhury, Stace Dayment

2018-2019 DPAC Executive Committee

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the DPAC Executive Committee for the 2018-2019 school year who were elected at the May 22 AGM.

The 2018-2019 Burnaby DPAC Executive Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Brentwood North Zone: Stace Dayment, Calvin Taplay
  • Cariboo Lougheed Zone: Dave Dye, Laura Ward
  • Central West Zone: Evangeline Jonasson, Herman Louie
  • Kingsway South Zone: Shams Chowdhury, Ashley Sandquist

In accordance with the Burnaby DPAC Constitution, in the coming weeks the Executive Committee will select their chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer from amongst the Executive Committee members.


Call for Nominations – 2018-2019 Burnaby DPAC Executive Committee

At the May Burnaby DPAC General meeting, the 2018-2019 Executive Committee elections will be taking place. The May General meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 PM at Burnaby Central Secondary School (6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby, BC V5G 0A9).

An official call for nominations was sent out to all Burnaby DPAC representatives via email on April 20, 2018.

Per Section VI of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution,

1. A maximum of two DPAC representatives will be elected from each zone of the school district yearly to serve on the Executive Committee. Representatives’ elected to the Executive Committee must have a child enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Burnaby school system.
2. In addition to the two DPAC representatives from each zone, one member at large position can be appointed at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
3. Executive Committee shall select when required from its membership a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
4. No employee or elected official of any school district or the Ministry of Education shall be eligible to serve as an Executive Committee officer.

Section VII of the Constitution outlines the responsibilities of the Burnaby DPAC Executive Committee:

It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee:

1. To be the formal liaison between the School Board and DPAC representatives regarding parent involvement in school district operations.

2. To identify and appoint parent representatives to represent DPAC on school district and community committees.

3. To ensure that there is representation from Burnaby parents at appropriate educational workshops, meetings and conferences.

4. To take responsibility for the operations of the DPAC including chairing district meetings, recording the proceedings and managing the financial affairs of the DPAC.

5. To identify topics and plan meeting format and agenda for district parent meetings

6. To act as group leaders and recorders in group discussions at district meetings and to be the communication liaison between DPAC representatives in each of the district’s zones.

7. To inform DPAC representatives, on an ongoing basis, of the issues and topics being discussed at Executive meetings and at the various committees where DPAC has membership.

A full copy of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution is available at on the Burnaby DPAC website at:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the elections and/or the role of DPAC Executive Committee members, please don’t hesitate to a member of the current DPAC Executive.

School District Presentation to DPAC – April 16

Below please find a link to the School District presentation given at the April 16 DPAC General meeting regarding:

  • the Preliminary 2018-19 School District Operating Budget,
  • School Protection Plan Insurance, and
  • Ministry of Education Funded Playground Equipment Replacement.

DPAC April 16 2018-19 Preliminary Budget – SPP – Playground Equipment

2018 BCCPAC AGM Proxies

As you know BCCPAC is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this May 5 and 6 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond. At the AGM members will debate and vote on resolutions that advocate for change to BC’s public education system and/or give direction to the BCCPAC Board of Directors in their work as the representatives for PACs and DPACs at the provincial level.

If your PAC is not sending a delegate to the AGM this May, please be sure to submit a completed Proxy form and (voting instructions) to the Burnaby DPAC executive so we are able to vote on your behalf. We anticipate that a couple of our DPAC executive members will be attending and will be able to hold a Proxy for your PAC. Thus far, DPAC Secretary Jocelyn Schonekess has confirmed her attendance at the AGM. (While DPAC Vice Chair Jen Mezei is also attending the AGM, she is not able to hold any proxy forms as she will be chairing the AGM.) As other DPAC Executives’ attendance is confirmed, we will let you know.

Here is the link to the BCCPAC AGM Resolution booklet and the Proxy forms and the Voting Instruction Forms:


BCCPAC_Proxy-Vote-Form_Members_2018 BCCPAC-2018-Nomination-Resolution-Book_March-20-2018

Please return your signed Proxy form via email ( no later than Tuesday, May 1. If you only list one DPAC executive member on your proxy form, it is recommended that if you do NOT check the box on the proxy form that indicates that “you do not wish to authorize a transfer.” That way, if the DPAC Executive member listed is unable to attend or has to leave early, your proxy and voting instructions can be reassigned to another Burnaby parent in attendance.

Based on the BCCPAC website, below is list of BCCPAC member PACs from the Burnaby School District who are eligible to vote at the 2018 AGM:

* Armstrong Elementary (Ecole)
* Brentwood Park Elementary
* Buckingham Elementary
* Burnaby Central Secondary
* Burnaby Mountain Secondary
* Burnaby North Secondary
* Burnaby South Secondary
* Byrne Creek Secondary
* Cameron Elementary
* Capitol Hill Elementary (Ecole)
* Cariboo Hill Secondary (Ecole)
* Confederation Park Elementary
* Douglas Road Elementary
* Gilmore Community School
* Gilpin Elementary
* Glenwood Elementary
* Inman Elementary (Ecole)
* Lochdale Community School
* Moscrop Secondary
* Nelson Elementary
* Seaforth Elementary (Ecole)
* Second Street Community
* Stoney Creek Elementary
* Twelfth Avenue Elementary
* University Highlands Elementary

If you have any questions on the BCCPAC AGM or regarding proxies, please contact the DPAC Executive at

Response from the Minister of Education – 2018 Provincial Education Funding Letter

As agreed at the January DPAC General meeting, a letter was sent to the Ministers of Finance and Education regarding the recommendations from the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, with particular focus on the recommendations regarding funding for K-12 education in BC.

On March 16, the Burnaby DPAC received a written response from the Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. A copy of the letter is available here: Minister of Education Response to Letter 2018


School District Presentation to DPAC – February 19

Below please find a link to the School District presentation given at the February 19 DPAC General meeting regarding:

  • the School District Long Range Facility Plan,
  • the Budget Update on the 2017/18 Amended Budget and Preliminary Process for the 2018/19 Budget, and
  • an update on the Custodial Services Review.

DPAC Presentation – Feb 2018