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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 2022/2023

Please join us in person for our next General Meeting on May 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.
The meeting agenda and a zoom link for those unable to attend in person 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 2022-2023 (9:15-11:00AM) at the Inglewood Learning Centre:

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Wednesday December 7th, 2022
Wednesday January 4th, 2023
Wednesday February 1st, 2023
Wednesday March 1st, 2023
Wednesday April 5th, 2023
Wednesday May 3rd, 2023
Wednesday June 7th, 2023 (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 enrolled in West Vancouver Schools 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.



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 2022-2023

 Co-Chair  Tanja Imhoff
 Co-Chair  Maria Bird
 Treasurer  Nessa van Bergen
 Secretary   VACANT
 Director   Danielle Katerberg
 Director   Marisa Yang
 Director   Anya Yashkina
 Director   Ling He
 Director   Tonia Liao
 Director   Nikta Razavi
 Director   Jatinder Sidhu – Traffic & Safety
 Past Chair   Kelly Richter
*Please email the Chair if you are interested in joining our team in the role of SECRETARY.

For general inquiries, please contact us at:

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

General Email: dpac@wvschools.ca

RSS Superintendent Chris Kennedy’s Blog

  • Has COVID Changed How Adults Learn in School? May 18, 2023
    I have written numerous times about the impact of COVID on student learning. In 7 COVID Edu Trends That Will Stick I wrote about shifts from an increased focus on equity, to greater digitization of resources to permanent changes to how we think about time in secondary schools. I have recently been thinking about the […]
  • Teaching and Aging Rock Stars April 28, 2023
    Just play the greatest hits! When you go see a legend in concert, you often just want to see them play the songs that made them famous. I just heard an interview with Roger Daltrey of The Who, where he said there was no point in producing any new music because the fans just want […]
  • Expanding Our Mandate in Schools – West Vancouver Schools’ Animal Kingdom Academy April 1, 2023
    Much has been made about the expanded mandate for the school system. In British Columbia, this mandate now includes early learning and our system is continually reinventing itself. K-12 is no longer a stand alone system – we are a human learning system. As many see it, we are really now a system that spans […]
  • AprilMayJune March 27, 2023
    Welcome to the fastest, busiest and craziest month of the school year – AprilMayJune. Yes, you read that correctly. AprilMayJune is the wildest month of the school year. We return from spring break this week, and others will be back next week, and when you do it is an all-out sprint to the finish line […]
  • The Most Important Game of My Life – A Long Read March 6, 2023
      Wednesday, March 11, 1998. It is twenty-five years ago this week, but I remember so many of the details of that day, it could have easily been last week. Let me set this up a bit.  I was a second-year teacher at McRoberts Secondary School in Richmond, BC.  The school had previously been a […]
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