École Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
About Us

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


2018-2019 HPAC Executive

Directors

Janet Carswell, Chair

Dave Anderson, Treasurer/Athletic Council

Jacquie Griffiths, Secretary

Carmen Jensen, Communications

Andrew Majawa, DPAC Rep

Members-at-Large

Quinn Cashion 

Gitta Oldendorff

Elly Safari

Min Xuan

Tina Yang/translator

Andrea Campbell, Athletic Council

Meredith Kennedy


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

  • Youth outreach workers at Handsworth four afternoons a week: DJ Hunt, Tristan Cyprien and Kelsey Pagley.
  • Fridays they have separate girls and boys clubs in rooms 231/233 - everyone is welcome and they provide free pizza at one meeting a month
  • 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 Cheryl Pepin cheryl.pepin@vch.ca

  • 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

Handsworth School Counsellors/Administrators

Grade 8 – Stacey Schwegler, Sarah Best

Grade 9/International A to L – Dave Craik, Rupi Samra-Gynane

Grade 10/International M to Z –  Dana Millar, Mark Barrett

Grade 11 – Trina Infanta, Sarah Best

Grade 12 – David Lavallee, Mark Barrett

Choices – Trina Infanta