√Čcole Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
About Us

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčABOUT US

The Handsworth Secondary School Association (HSSA)/ Handsworth Parent Advisory Council (HPAC) is the voice of parents at Handsworth. Members include parents and guardians of all Handsworth students.

The purpose of the HPAC is to represent parents with the goal of supporting student success and building a strong community. We promote a positive partnership between home and school with clear and open communications. We work towards enhancing the educational experiences and resources for our students and fostering the well-being of students and families in our Handsworth community.


 

We are guided by and support the Handsworth School Vision

"The Handsworth community develops empowered, innovative and compassionate learners who serve and lead with curiosity and integrity."


 

What we do

Hold regular meetings, with staff and student guests, to connect parents to what is going on at Handsworth and to provide a forum for discussion of school and educational issue:


 

When we meet

Executive meetings are held one week prior to the scheduled HPAC during which the agenda for the general meeting is set. If you have any concerns, issues or ideas that you would like to raise at a future HPAC meeting, please get in touch with one of our executive members so it can be discussed and put on the agenda.

HPAC generally meets every third Monday at 7:00 pm.  

Come to a HPAC Meeting or event.  Contact chair@handsworthpac.ca.  An invitation will be sent to you via email. Connect via Zoom with other Handsworth parents, catch up on what's going on at the school, and provide your input and ideas on how parents can support student success at Handsworth.

There are no meetings in December and March. The meeting in May (AGM) is the third Monday.


 

2021-2022‚Äč HPAC Executive

Are you interested in volunteering with the HPAC?


Treasurer-in-waiting/ Co-Treasurer

The Treasurer-in-waiting will work with the current treasurer to manage the finances of the HPAC.  This includes monthly financial reporting, application for gaming funding, etc.  Ideally the candidate will have book-keeping or accounting experience.


Grade 8 Parent Representative

HPAC is looking for parents/guardians of grade 8 students interested in getting involved with the HPAC Executive.  These are non-voting positions but are a way to learn about the HPAC operations and get involved as well as represent grade 8 parents/guardians.  When vacancies arise there are opportunities to transition into voting roles.


Hot Lunch Volunteers

HPAC is looking for parents/guardians interested in volunteering to support the hot lunch program on Tuesdays, Thursdays and or Fridays.  For as little as one hour per week, this is a great way to get involved at the school.  Training will be provided.  You will meet other parents/guardians and have the opportunity to be in the school at lunch time.  Over the years hot lunch fundraising has provided support to our athletics programs.


Future Openings and Opportunities

HPAC is always looking for parents/guardians who are interested in contributing.  If you have an interest in another area not listed here (eg. Fund-raising) we would love to have you involved in some way. 

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Please email chair@handsworthpac.ca for more information about these positions.


 

2021-2022 HPAC Executive

Directors:

Chair/Co-Chair, Carmen Jensen  chair@handsworthpac.ca 

Chair/Co-Chair, Jacquie Griffiths

Jana Madill, Treasurer   treasurer@handsworthpac.ca   

Secretary, Velda Williams

Communications Representative, John Burns

DPAC Representative, Mel Montgomery


 

2021-2022 HPAC Members-at-Large:

Tri Chien

Megan Enns

Greg Harder‚Äč

Shane Lowry

Candice Majawa

Lorna Moffat

Esther Oyelumade


 

Contact the HPAC at:‚Äč

chair@handsworthpac.ca

treasurer@handsworthpac.ca

 

COMMUNITY

Handsworth Replacement Project
For information on the school replacement project please click here:  Handsworth Replacement Project


 

The Foundry

  • part of a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres for young people ages 12-24.
  • provides a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance abuse services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.
  • goal is to reach young people earlier before health challenges become problematic and to get them the services they need
  • 211 W. 1st Street North Vancouver, for more information visit:  the Foundry


 

Capilano Community Services Society

  • Offer one to one support for youth and can assist with issues such as trouble with school, anger management, sexual health information, drug and alcohol support, self-esteem and family and peer relationship difficulties


 

Vancouver Coastal Health

School Nurse Maria Gul

  • Vancouver Coastal Health nurse assigned to Handsworth
  • Able to provide support, education and referral in healthy living, sexual health, mental health, anxiety and disordered eating, also contact for immunization info.
  • Grade 9 Immunizations‚Äč

 

Handsworth School Counsellors/Administrators

‚Äč‚ÄčCounsellor‚ÄčAdministrator
‚ÄčGrade 8
‚ÄčTrina Infanta
‚ÄčJagruti Desai
‚ÄčGrade 9
‚ÄčDon Carlson, Day 2s
‚ÄčMark Barrett
‚ÄčGrade 10

‚ÄčRobyn Renwick‚ÄčJagruti Desai
‚ÄčGrade 11
‚ÄčStacey Schwegler‚ÄčMark Barrett
‚ÄčGrade 12
‚ÄčDavid Craik‚ÄčRupi Samra-Gynane
‚ÄčInternational
‚ÄčDavid Craik‚ÄčRupi Samra-Gynane ‚Äč