VCPAC is a full partner in education. According to the School act VCPAC is the official, recognized, parent voice in the district. Our organization elects it’s leadership annually, that is a high rate of accountability. Our official role is to advise the board on matters pertaining to the education of our children. In this district that is often done via district committee. Allow us to do our job. We represent the primary care givers of the people this system is in place to serve, teach and encourage to succeed in life. VCPAC represents the experts on your clients at the board. Please respect our position as your partner.
Over the past year I have become more keenly aware of the sometimes, but not always, nuanced jabs at VCPAC. I would like to call for a stop to that. Please stop misrepresenting details about our quorum at meetings. We have reached quorum for the last 10 meetings. That reaches back into last school year. Over the past 7 years we have met quorum over 73% of the time including 1 1/2 contentious years in that time frame. If you exclude that contentious time 2 years ago we meet quorum over 90% of the time. We meet quorum whenever there is something important to vote on and always at the AGM. Stop being dismissive and saying you would rather go through the principals to get parent feedback, it isn’t the principal’s job to get quality parent feedback. Stop assuming that VCPAC can only engage with parents at meetings held once a month, we are engaging all month long through many avenues of communication, building relationships. Stop saying we don’t represent the parents. We are working with our members, the PACs, to encourage parent engagement. We are increasing our connections with PACs and parents all the time. We are focused on student success. Enriching the lives of our children through our efforts.
Our members may have different ideas on how we can reach our goals, we have the full spectrum of opinions. We value all points of view but most of all we value our independence. We do all agree we are in this for our kids. We will always be on their side first, last and in the middle.
We will continue to respectfully engage with you in developing relationships that benefit our kids, the students. We will work diligently to find solutions to the hard to solve dilemmas facing our district and individual schools so that our kids will feel valued, safe and happy while learning from our other education partners. We will endeavor to increase our connections to parents in meaningful ways that add to the dialogue. We will support moving the education system forward to increase student success, what ever that looks like.
Let’s do what we teach our children at a very early age let’s get along, play nice and share. Let’s work harder to do better and stay focused on the reason we are here. It’s the right thing to do for our kids sake.
Congratulations to the 2015 VCPAC Award Winners:
Inspirational Student Award - Nicola
Gail Edwards Memorial Award - Anita Girvan and Narda Nelson
Parents' Choice Award - Jenn Horton, John DiCicco and Trevor McKenzie
Arkell Award - Wendy Payne and Laura Anderson
New Teacher Award of Distinction - Alison Calestagne
Fine Arts Champion Award - Alex Clark, Denver Rawson and Nathan Georgesen
School Partnership Award - David Hovis
To learn more about these spectacular people, visit: http://vcpac.ca/vcpac-awards/award-winners
May 15, 2015
Board of Education Votes on Funding Cut to VCPAC
The Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils has sent a letter today to the Greater Victoria Board of Education recommending that it votes down a proposed motion for next Tuesday’s Public Board Meeting that would reduce VCPAC’s district funding by 44%.
“The motion was brought to the Operations and Policy Planning Committee last Monday by Trustee Whiteaker”, said VCPAC President, John Bird. “The recommendation is that the $7,000 cut be reallocated to a parent education fund administered by School District staff.”
“This action would result in a deficit for VCPAC and we would have to make a substantial cut to our parent education activities for next year”, said Bird. “It would appear that the Board of Education plans to take parent education out of the hands of parents”.
President - Audrey Smith
Vice-President - John Bird
Secretary - Wendy Joyce
Treasurer - Brena Robinson
Director - Swati Scott
Director - Norm Tandberg
Director - Ted Godwin
Director - Kami Bourgeois
Director - Vincenza Gruppuso