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About DPAC

The West Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (WVDPAC) is an advisory body of parent volunteers from all West Vancouver public schools. Together, we promote parental views to the West Vancouver Board of Education and work with the West Vancouver School District to build the learning environment we want for our children.

DPAC General Meeting Schedule 2023/2024

Please join us in person for our next General Meeting on April 3rd at 9:15AM at the Inglewood Learning Centre, located at the south end of West Vancouver Secondary. (Access to the portable is from Inglewood Avenue.)

ARRIVE EARLY: There is no parking available by the ILC on the school grounds due to construction, please park on the side streets along Inglewood and Mathers

CHECK IN: When you arrive you will be asked to check in with a DPAC Exec. You will be asked what school you are from, and your role (Chair, DPAC Rep, Parent/Guardian of a child currently enrolled in WV) or who you are representing if attending in lieu of your Chair or DPAC Rep as an added safeguard to ensure the identification of attendees on school grounds.

SEATING: Seating at the tables will be reserved for DPAC voting members (Chairs and DPAC Reps) and invited guests. Whatever seating capacity is left over will be for Parents/Guardians of a child currently enrolled in WV in the galley area  along the back and side of the room.

The meeting agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting date to all PAC Chairs and DPAC Representatives.
If you have not received an email, sign up or check the status of your subscription to DPAC emails HERE.

Scheduled DPAC meetings 2023-2024 (9:15-11:00AM) at the Inglewood Learning Centre:

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
Wednesday December 6th, 2023 – World Cafe session
Wednesday January 10th, 2024
Wednesday February 7th, 2024
Wednesday March 6th, 2024
Wednesday April 3rd, 2024
Wednesday May 1st, 2024
Wednesday June 5th, 2024 (AGM)

An open discussion will take place at the end of each meeting, allowing for the sharing of ideas, resources, or a continuation of discussions initiated at the General Meeting.

All parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in a public West Vancouver School are welcome to attend DPAC meetings. Contact your school PAC for meeting information or subscribe to our DPAC emails HERE to be kept informed.

2022-2023 School Year

Past Parent Events

Dr. Hayley Watson
Succeeding in today’s world: helping your child live up to their fullest potential
April 24th, 2023

We had an incredible turn out at Dr. Hayley Watson’s talk on supporting our kids develop resiliency during their academic years. She provided the audience with simple parent guided strategies.
The slides from her presentation are here for those interested.

2021-2022 School Year

Past Parent Events

Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis – “Talking about Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Diversity”
Thursday May 26th, 2022

WVDPAC brought Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis for an engaging session on “Talking about Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Diversity”. In a candid interview-style setting, Chris shared his power of storytelling to address our community’s history and First Peoples, while exploring equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Yong Zhao – “Teaching Students to become Self Determined Learners in a Post COVID World”
Thursday February 17th, 2022 (Virtual Event)

WVDPAC brought acclaimed scholar, author and speaker Dr. Yong Zhao back for an informative evening discussion on his latest book about preparing students to succeed in a post COVID world. The presentation opened with an introduction from Superintendent Kennedy, discussing Schools beyond COVID-19, Accelerating Changes that Matter for Learning.

 

2020-2021

Past Parent Events

Talking About Inclusion, Anti-Racism & Diversity: Chapter 2
Virtual Event with Sempulyan
Tuesday, April 27th, 7-8:30pm

Sempulyan’s Residential School Story
Thank you to those who were able to join us for the second chapter of our Inclusion and Diversity series. Through personal narrative, Sempulyan – Stewart Gonzales – shared his experiences as a residential school survivor and his journey of healing in order to help us to understand reconciliation and our shared history.
Sempulyan is a member of the Squamish Nation and an Indigenous Cultural Worker.

More information can be found here.

Talking About Inclusion, Anti-Racism & Diversity: Chapter 1
Virtual Event with Alden Habacon
Tuesday, March 30th, 7-8:30pm

The WVDPAC Inclusion and Diversity Committee have partnered with the West Vancouver Memorial Library to support your learning journey. A special Virtual Community Event featuring Alden Habacon was held on March 30th.
More information can be found here.

Executive Committee 2023-2024

 Co-Chair  Tanja Imhoff
 Co-Chair  Maria Bird
 Treasurer  Nessa van Bergen
 Secretary  Rotating through Executive
 Director  Marisa Yang
 Director  Ling He
 Director  Tonia Liao
 Director  Nikta Razavi
 Director  Aneela Mallick
 Director  Jatinder Sidhu – Traffic & Safety
 Director
 Past Chair  Kelly Richter

For general inquiries, please contact us at:

West Vancouver DPAC
1075 21st Street,
West Vancouver, BC V7V 4A9
Canada

General Email: dpac@wvschools.ca

RSS Superintendent Chris Kennedy’s Blog

  • Is School for Learning New Ideas or Confirming What We Already Know? May 1, 2024
    As we navigate the halls of our schools – whether those are the traditional ones or the virtual ones, a question emerges that challenges the core of our educational journey: Are we here to discover the unknown or to reinforce what we already believe? As I read news stories from around North America recently, I […]
  • Technology and Innovation – Where Next? April 1, 2024
    When you are known for technology and innovation, you experience this ongoing mix of excitement and adrenalin at some points of the year and anxiety and worry at other points. The question I get asked most is – “So, what’s next?”   I usually just want to snap back, “Come on, can we just do what […]
  • Embracing Physical Literacy: More Than Just Fitness March 11, 2024
     I have written before (HERE) about the importance of not just moving more, but developing physical literacy skills with students.  This was pre-pandemic. And if anything the limited activity many had during the COVID-19 pandemic increased these challenges leading to what many are seeing as a health crisis. In the world of education, we rightly […]
  • Still Writing February 29, 2024
    I have been thinking about writing this week. The generative AI discussion is really making people think about what writing might look like in the future. It was less this though, and actually a quote from one of my favourite local writers in the media, that struck a chord with me. Howard Tsumura, who I […]
  • A Changing Vibe to Snow Days January 30, 2024
    The first text came about 6:15 AM.  It was from a now retired former school superintendent from a local district.  It was short and to the point. You have gotten soft. It is not even snowing anymore. He was half-joking.  But it definitely speaks to some changing expectations as earlier this  month, our district, along […]
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