Notice for all SD61 PACs:


At the VCPAC meeting last night we discussed the usage of our budget line item for parent education and conference attendance.  In the past we had a dedicated budget line for VIPC, this year we have had to remove that line item.  H owever we have always had the parent education and conference item.  The discussion at the meeting made it clear we need to invite PACs to apply for this funding.  The funding is available for PACs to request support for parent education opportunities including sending a parent to the VIPC this year.

VIPC is planned to be a great event that will provide the means for additional parent education events at every school that sends a parent.  We encourage you do consider this opportunity to a use VCPAC funding and send a parent from your PAC. The early bird deadline is February 10th.  You can see more details at


The procedure to apply to our funding is to send an email to .  Tell us what you are planning and how much funding you seek.  Please include contact information we can use if we have any questions.

The following CFAX interviews are now confirmed.

Yong Zhao on December 8th at 2 pm with Ian Jessop.

Stephanie and John on December 29th at 2:30 pm with Ian Jessop.

Shelley Moore on January 5th at 3:30 pm with Terry Moore.

Jeff Hopkins on January 26th at 2 pm with Ian Jessop.

VCPAC is hosting a PAC Congress for all parents interested in increasing their engagement in student achievement. It will feature round table discussions designed to share expertise and allow opportunities to network with other parents. Parent leaders, PAC Executives and other parents interested in active involvement in this part of their child’s life should join us. A light meal will be served. Located in the Spectrum School Cafeteria (957 West Burnside Rd) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on November 26.  Please RSVP to  and include any dietary restirctions.

Topics will include:

PAC Operations

  • PAC Executive training & discussions such as:  Running effective meetings, building effective relationships with the adults in the school,  parent education ideas , treasurer best practices, communication strategies, building your community, volunteer burnout!!
  • Who's PAC is it anyway - deas on maintaining the Parent in PAC
  • Bylaws and what they are for
  • Beyond fundraising

Parents in the School System

  • The role of VCPAC advocating for and supporting PACs
  • Promoting School Health and Wellness: Initiatives in the district
  • Increasing the Community impact at the school
  • Emergency Preparedness

School and District

  • BC Ed Plan what's it going to do for our kids?


6:30 p.m.  Welcome & Networking over light dinner

6:55 p.m.  Opening Comments

7:00 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 1

7:40 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 2

8:20 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 3

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

This year the VIPC will be providing PAC participants with a kit to assist in making a presentation to their PACs and/or hosting a school level parent night to share information from the conference and show interested parents how they can be involved in the ongoing work of transforming our education system.
Your PAC can send a delegation to the conference who will return and host an educational event at your school. All you will need is a room, a laptop, a projector and access to the internet.
The presentation kit will include:
 a link to allow you to access some of the conference workshops video recordings,
 a summary of key ideas and concepts presented by our conference speakers,
 a summary of ideas developed at the afternoon brainstorming session,
 the list of questions used at the conference to stimulate the round-table discussions,
 sample meeting agendas and formats for various meeting lengths,
 a USB drive with conference handouts and other information.
The PAC, with the advice of its delegates, can decide which workshop segments will fit into their event. This flexibility will allow you to create presentations of various lengths. We recommend that after the presentation portion, you allow time for round table

discussions to capture ideas that will be useful in moving forward.

We anticipate that this program will encourage more parents to understand and become involved in the changes to our public education system.

VCPAC 2015/16 Calendar of Meetings and Events


*note changes in red



Sep 29, 2015

McKenzie library

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Oct 22, 2015

Victoria West library

VCPAC – PAC Chair Summit

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Oct 27, 2015

Torquay library   

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nov 26, 2015

Spectrum Cafeteria

PAC Congress

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Nov 24, 2015

Strawberry Vale

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jan 26, 2016

Margaret Jenkins library

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Feb 23, 2016

Campus View library

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Feb 27, 2016

Royal Bay Secondary

Vancouver Island Parent Conference

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mar 29, 2016

Victoria High library

VCPAC General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Apr 26, 2016

Cedar Hill library

VCPAC Annual General Meeting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

May 24, 2016


VCPAC General Meeting and VCPAC Awards

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Note: Locations tentative until approved by school and rentals dept.

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