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√Čcole Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
About 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  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.



2020-2021 HPAC Executive


Chair/Co-Chair, Janet Carswell 

Vic Chair/Co-Chair, Carmen Jensen

Jana Madill, Treasurer   

Secretary, Velda Williams

Communications Representative, Jacquie Griffiths

DPAC Representative, Shane Lowry

Athletic Council, Mel Montgomery


2020-2021 HPAC Members-at-Large:

Megan Enns

Greg Harder

Candice Majawa

Lorna Moffat

Mel Montgomery

Esther Oyelumade


Contact the HPAC at:



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

‚ÄčGrade 8
‚ÄčJulia Wong
‚ÄčMark Barrett
‚ÄčGrade 9
‚ÄčRobyn Renwick‚ÄčJagruti Desai
‚ÄčGrade 10
‚ÄčStacey Schwegler‚ÄčMark Barrett
‚ÄčGrade 11
‚ÄčDavid Craik‚ÄčRupi Samra-Gynane
‚ÄčGrade 12
‚ÄčDana MillarJagruti Desai
‚ÄčTrina Infanta
‚ÄčMark Barrett
‚ÄčDavid CraikRupi Samra-Gynane