Parent Advocay Workshop

Starts: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ends: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 - 8:30pm

Invitation to Introductory Parent Advocacy Workshop

The Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council is pleased to be hosting BCCPAC’s newly created Introductory Parent Advocacy Workshop on the evening of February 22nd, 2018. While this event is open to all parents and caregivers in SD 33, we would also like to encourage each of our school PAC executive members to attend in order to become familiar with the new resources now available.

Background information:

One of BCCPAC’s goals for the year has been to update and develop self-advocacy resources for parents. They have created a PowerPoint presentation and discussion that will be made available to PACs and DPACs in order for them to be able to offer the workshop to their members in the future, and be prepared to offer assistance to parents needing to advocate for their child.


At this FREE workshop, you will learn how to advocate for your child’s needs, including such processes as:

               preparing for meetings
               navigating district policy and procedures
               working collaboratively towards solutions

Together we will explore example scenarios, so you want to miss this informative event!

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Click here to register through Eventbrite

About the Presenters:

Jen Mezei, BCCPAC President has been involved with PAC and DPAC for over a decade – including five years as the Burnaby DPAC Chair.  She has been a parent representative on Education, Special Education, LGBTQ, Advanced Learning and Policy committees. Jen is passionate about providing parents with the opportunity to provide meaningful and informed input.  She believes that the sharing of information is necessary to build capacity within our PACs and DPACs and to strengthen the parent voice in the collaborative process. Jen has three children and works in the renewable energy sector.  She is the 2010 winner of the BCCPAC George Matthews award for excellence in Parent Leadership.

John Gaipman, BCCPAC Executive Director has been in public education for 37 years. For the past fourteen years, he has been Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and one granddaughter. John is excited to be the new Executive Director of BCCPAC. It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, he will be able to support the causes of BCCPAC.