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Introductory Parent Advocacy Workshop

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Chilliwack Senior Secondary School

46377 Yale Road

Chilliwack, BC V2P 2P8

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SD 33 parents/caregivers, please join the Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) for a BCCPAC Presentation, with Jen Mezei, Karen Norquist, and John Gaiptman as they share valuable information on parent advocacy for grades K-12. At this FREE workshop, you will learn the process of advocating for your child, including:

  • Preparing for meetings

  • Navigating district policy and procedures

  • Working collaboratively towards solutions

You will also explore example scenarios, so you won't want to miss this informative opportunity!

Light snacks and refreshments provided courtesy of FG Leary Fine Arts Elementary PAC.

About the Presenters:

Jen Mezei, BCCPAC President has been involved with PAC and DPAC for over a decade – including five years as the Burnaby DPAC Chair. She has been a parent representative on Education, Special Education, LGBTQ, Advanced Learning and Policy committees. Jen is passionate about providing parents with the opportunity to provide meaningful and informed input. She believes that the sharing of information is necessary to build capacity within our PACs and DPACs and to strengthen the parent voice in the collaborative process. Jen has three children and works in the renewable energy sector. She is the 2010 winner of the BCCPAC George Matthews award for excellence in Parent Leadership.

John Gaiptman, BCCPAC Executive Director has been in public education for 37 years. For the past fourteen years, he has been Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and one granddaughter. John is excited to be the new Executive Director of BCCPAC. It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, he will be able to support the causes of BCCPAC.

Karen Norquist, BCCPAC Director, has two school age daughters and has been involved in multiple roles on her school and district PACs for six years. A primary focus of her work has been on student rights and their welfare at school. She believes that parents, as the natural advocates for their children, need a stronger voice in public education to ensure that each child is learning to the best of their abilities in a safe and healthy environment. In her first term on the BCCPAC Board, she has enjoyed working toward the goal of truly meaningful consultation and collaboration between Parents, the Ministry of Education and Educators for the benefit of all students in public education.

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