√Čcole Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
About Us

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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.

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.  Please contact munch@handsworthpac.ca to volunteer.

HPAC Executive Positions Available 

If you are interested in volunteering on the 2024-2025 Handsworth PAC now is your time to reach out to the nomination committee. We are especially in need of people with financial experience however all positions are open.

For more information please email chair@handsworthpac.ca

Handsworth Parent Advisory Council (HPAC) Executive

2023-2024 Handsworth PAC

Chair/Co-Chair, Candace Storm     chair@handsworthpac.ca


Co-Treasurer, Carmen Jensen      treasurer@handsworthpac.ca 

Co-Treasurer, Shannon Harris      ‚Äčtreasurer@handsworthpac.ca‚Äč

Secretary, Shannon Harris

Communications Rep,

DPAC Rep,‚Äč

2022-2023 Handsworth PAC

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

Chair/Co-Chair, Jacquie Griffiths

Jana Madill, Interim Treasurer     treasurer@handsworthpac.ca    

Secretary, Candace Storm

Communications Rep, Velda Williams

DPAC Rep, Mel Montgomery

2022-2023 HPAC M‚Äč‚Äčembers-at-Large:

Jessica Bratty

Shannon Harris

Shane Lowry

Amanda Nichol

Esther Oyelumade‚Äč

Shelley Ridgewell

Erin Stephenson

2022-2023 Grade 8 Representatives

‚ÄčTo be appointed

2022-2023‚Äč HPAC Executive

Are you interested in volunteering with the HPAC?

We have a few HPAC exec vacancies including Member at Large (3), Treasurer, DPAC and Grade 8 Parent rep.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the positions, please email the Co-Chairs at chair@handsworthpac.ca

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


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
‚ÄčMarianne Macario
‚ÄčMeghan Downie, Vice Principal
‚ÄčGrade 9
and Internationals Last Names A to L
‚ÄčDavid Craik
Jagruti Desai, Vice Principal‚Äč
‚ÄčGrade 10
‚ÄčTrina Infanta
Meghan Downie, Vice Principal
‚ÄčGrade 11
‚ÄčJulia Wong
Jagruti Desai, Vice Principal
‚ÄčGrade 12
and Internationals Last Names M to Z
‚ÄčRobyn RenwickCary Hungle, Principal