The Annual General Meeting of the North Vancouver Parent Advisory
Council (NVPAC) will be held on Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 at 7:00 pm in
the Mountain View Room (5th Floor) of the Education Services Centre,
2121 Lonsdale Avenue.
A formal Agenda will be posted on the NVPAC Blog and forwarded via email by 13th May, 2015.
One of the purposes of the Annual General Meeting is to elect a new
Executive for the 2015/16 school year. All Executive positions are up
for election each year. NVPAC encourages parents who are interested in
issues at the District level to consider
joining the Executive. A description of the duties of each Executive
position can be found in the NVPAC
Constitution and Bylaws
, pages 5 - 7 The time commitment varies
with the particular role taken on, but at minimum, NVPAC Executive
members are expected to attend one Executive meeting and one General
Membership meeting per month. There are no General
Membership meetings held in September, December, March or June. For
more information, please contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the Executive elections, the NVPAC Treasurer will
present for approval an interim budget for the 2014/15 school year, and
current Executive members will present year-end reports.
Jane Lagden Holborne
1. Children and Youth Safe and Active Travel Working Group
The City of North Vancouver has requested that NVPAC provide a representative to this working group.
The purpose of this group is to:
information about initiatives, policies, and programs related to
improving traffic safety and encouraging safe and active travel amongst
children and youth;
- Collaborate on initiatives to improve traffic safety and increase active transportation amongst children and youth;
education, engineering and enforcement opportunities to improve
pedestrian, cycling, and vehicular safety and movements around locations
frequented by children
- Support the development of Safe and Active School Transport Plans; and
the efforts of the City's Transportation Demand Management Program, in
relation to the travel patterns of children and youth.
will be held for the most part during business hours, about four times a
year. The first meeting of this group is next Wednesday afternoon,
and "walkabout" meetings at two City schools are scheduled for May 7 and
you are a City resident and interested in this topic, and are willing
and able to report back to the NVPAC Executive, please contact the
writer at email@example.com
for more information.
2. Emergency Preparedness in a Day - Sunday May 3, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm
North Shore Emergency Management Office is hosting this personal
preparedness one-day free workshop at the NSEMO office, 2nd floor, 147
East 14th Street, North
Vancouver. Anyone over the age of 19 is welcome to attend.
Pre-registration is required at www.nsemo.org
3. Volunteer Opportunity for Youth:
Family Services of the North Shore is seeking students going in to Grade 11
or 12 in the 2015/16 school year for their Youth
LAB. Follow the link to find more information and to apply.
1. Upcoming NVPAC Events:
a) NVPAC General Meeting - Wednesday February 25, 2015. Agenda If your PAC is unable to send a representative to this meeting, please forward your PAC's budget priorities via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
b) NVPAC Speaker Event - The Problem with Discipline" featuring Christopher Burt - Wednesday March 25, 2015
c) Foods that Fit Workshop - Wednesday April 15, 2015
Details of the above two events have already been forwarded under separate cover.
2. Youth Awards in City and District of North Vancouver:
Both the City and District of North Vancouver recognize youth aged 10
to 24 for their contributions to the community or for other
For more information, please follow these links to the respective City and
District schemes. Nominations close on March 25, 2015.
3. MEND Program at John Braithwaite Community Centre:
Tracy Wakaluk, the Fitness Centre Supervisor at JBCC, has kindly
provided the following information regarding the MEND program.
MEND: Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do-it!
Children 7-13yrs, who are above a healthy weight and their families.
MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier together. This FREE program includes family workshops on health topics followed by
physical activities for the kids. While the children are busy being
active, parents can share their experiences about transitioning to a
program runs twice a week for ten weeks for two hours each session.
Post program, families receive free recreation passes to encourage
by BC Parks & Recreation Association and the YMCA of BC &
Yukon. North Vancouver Recreation Commission is the host agency.
Session #1: April 8 – June 14 (Wed 5:45-7:45pm & Sun 3-5pm) at John Braithwaite Community Centre,
Session #2: October – December 2015 (Days & Times TBA), Harry Jerome Recreation Centre
Jane Lagden Holborne
North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council
Keeping parents up to date on what's happening in North Vancouver SchoolsVisit our website at www.northvanpac.org
North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council - NVPAC - is the District Parent Advisory Council for the North Vancouver School District. Our members are the PACs from the schools in the North Vancouver School District. We represent the parents of North Van at the District level. NVPAC offers grants to PACs to assist them in providing speakers for parent education, to ensure that volunteers overseeing food sales have the required FoodSafe certification, and to support communication and co-operation between the schools within a Family of Schools.NVPAC General Meetings:
Our General Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of most months throughout the school year. Please refer to the NVPAC website for the exact dates. We meet from 7 - 9 pm in the Mountain View Room on the 5th Floor of the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale. All parents are welcome to attend our General Meetings, regardless of whether or not they are the District PAC Rep for their school. In addition to a business meeting, we typically have a speaker on a topic of interest to parents of school-age children and youth. Our October 22nd meeting will include a presentation by school district personnel Joanne Robertson and Kathleen Barter on the District's Assessment Handbook, and our November 26 meeting will feature a presentation on Outdoor School - now known as the Cheakamus Centre. A reminder, including an agenda, will follow closer to the date of each meeting.NVPAC INFORMATION
1. School District Budget Development Consultation Process:
The North Vancouver School District is developing a budget
for the 2015/16 school year, and has scheduled a number of meetings in the
coming months as part of the process.
More detail and background can be found on pages 31 and 32 of the
January 20, 2014 Board Agenda Package.
Public Standing Committee Meetings on February 3 and March 3, 2015 will
focus on budget development, and an opportunity for individuals to submit
comments on line will be available in March.
Follow this link to find the agenda for the February 3rd meeting. At the March meeting, NVPAC, as one of the
School District's Partner Groups, will submit a report outlining parent
priorities for the coming year's budget, and would appreciate receiving input
from PACs in this regard. Please forward
comments and suggestions for budget priorities to email@example.com.
2. Traffic Safety and Active Transportation to Schools:
Carol Sartor is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the
Safe Routes Advocates. She is offering
to assist select North Shore schools to both identify safety concerns near
schools and encourage active transportation to schools. Four schools will receive 50 hours of
consultation services, free. Please
apply by February 28th, 2015. For
further information, please contact Ms Sartor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Save the Date:
Foods that Fit Workshop - Wednesday April 15, 2015:
Vancouver Coastal Health, with the support of the North
Vancouver Parent Advisory Council and the North Vancouver School District, will
once again present the "Foods that Fit" workshop. This free, interactive workshop is designed
for current and future lunch coordinators and interested parents at all North
Shore schools. Helen Yeung, Community
Dietitian, will facilitate this workshop about the provincial "Guidelines
for Food and Beverage sales in BC Schools", food safety and waste
reduction, and school fundraising with healthy foods. Food vendors will be on
site offering samples of their products.
More detailed information about the workshop and how to RSVP will follow
NVPAC, on behalf of Ms Yeung, is compiling a list of vendors
providing foods to North Shore schools.
Please ask your lunch coordinators to email to email@example.com a
list of the vendors currently used, together with the vendors' contact
information (name, email, phone number, website), the type of food provided and
the name of the school. If your PAC does
not offer fun lunches, please let us know.
4. North Van City Library - Homework Club - Mondays 4 - 5:30
The North Van City Library offers a Homework Club every
Monday from 4 - 5:30 pm, except during school breaks and holidays. Youth can drop in to the Teen Room on the 2nd
floor of the library at 120 West 14th Street and get help from peer tutors or
just use the quiet study space.
Computers, iPad minis and wifi are available. For more information please contact Kate
Longley, Teen Services Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Lagden Holborne