Thank you for a great year at Cameron!

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to our events and fundraisers this year, whether by volunteering time, participating in our fundraisers, or bringing food to our events. We had an exciting year and tried some new things, like the Greening Project, the Crash Crawly’s fundraiser, and our AGM, and we couldn’t do all the things we do without the support of Cameron families.

Watch for information about our first meeting in September, and come find out how you can be involved in the 2017-18 year!

Have a wonderful summer with your families!

June 13 PAC meeting agenda now available

The agenda for our last meeting of the year, on Tuesday, June 13 (7:00-9:00pm), is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page. Minutes from the May 11 AGM are also available.

All parents are members of the PAC and are welcome to join us on June 13 to find out what your Parent Advisory Council accomplished this year, and what we have planned for next year – and to bring us your ideas!

2017-2018 PAC executive election results

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council held its Annual General Meeting and elections on Thursday, May 11 – thank you to those of you who were able to attend! If you were unable to attend, minutes will be available soon on the Minutes & Agendas page.

The following positions were elected by acclamation to serve as the Cameron PAC Executive for the 2017-2018 year:
Chair: Jen Zerkee
Vice Chair: Shalin Roggeveen
Secretary: Kari Hoskin
Treasurer: Erika Castellanos
Fundraising Coordinator: Rahmeh Nubani
Special Projects Coordinator: Shatha Al Qasem
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: Maryam Mahdavian
There are positions still vacant. While we have a wonderful group of parent volunteers, without a full executive to plan and coordinate our activities we won’t be able to keep up with the events and fundraising we have done in the past. Please read the descriptions on the Get Involved page, and consider putting your name forward if one of these positions interests you.

Agenda available for May 11 PAC Annual General Meeting

The Agenda for this Thursday’s AGM is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page.

Please join us this Thursday for a review of our accomplishments this year, including events, fundraisers, and purchases for the school–plus a presentation on Anxiety in Children by Registered Clinical Counsellor Liliana Cortes. And finally, please consider putting your name forward for an executive position in our annual election, which will also be held at the AGM.

The event is FREE but you must register through Eventbrite.

Reminder – volunteers and contributions needed for Staff Appreciation

We are excited to be able to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them with a luncheon on Wednesday, May 17. We still need volunteers, donations, and food dishes to make this event a success. Please return the notice that came home, or contact cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com if you can help out!

The theme of the luncheon is travel, so let’s make our teachers and staff feel appreciated and relaxed!

Reminder – PAC AGM and Anxiety in Children presentation

Our PAC Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11 (7:00-9:00pm) in the school library. All parents are welcome!

The event is free, but you must register through Eventbrite.

 

PAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Presentation: Anxiety in Children by Liliana Cortes, MA, RCC – Come learn what anxiety is, how to recognize it, and how it can affect your child’s life and your family life, as well as how to support your child and how to determine if you need to seek help. Liliana will also have time to take a few questions.
  3. Break
  4. Parent Advisory Council Annual General Meeting:
    1. Introductions
    2. PAC Year in Review: We will highlight the events we hosted this year, the fundraising and other projects we took on, and the major purchases we were able to make for the school on behalf of parents.
    3. PAC Executive Election: Please consider putting your name forward at the AGM for a position on the 2017-2018 PAC executive! See below for position descriptions, and contact chair@cameronpac.ca with any questions.
  5. Questions
  6. Adjournment

 

PARENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2017-2018

Are you good with words? Numbers? People? Technology? We would love for you to bring those skills to the Parent Advisory Council! Please consider putting your name forward for election to an executive position. Not all of these positions are very time-consuming – there are a variety of levels of commitment, and many positions can be shared by 2 people.

  1. The Chairperson presides at all meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda, and is the official spokesperson for the PAC.
  2. The Vice-Chairperson is familiar with the Chairperson’s responsibilities and will assume their responsibilities in case of absence, presides over the Annual General Meeting, and accepts other duties as required.
  3. The Secretary records minutes of all meetings, handles correspondence, and keeps all PAC records.
  4. The Treasurer ensures PAC funds are properly accounted for, maintains financial records and books of account, reports on funds received and spent at each meeting, and drafts the annual budget.
  5. The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Representative attends all Burnaby DPAC meetings to represent and vote on behalf of the PAC, reports to the executive and membership about DPAC matters, and liaises with other parents and DPAC Representatives.
  6. The Fundraising Coordinator develops a fundraising plan for the year, organizes fundraising events and campaigns, works with the treasurer to ensure incoming funds are handled appropriately, and reports on fundraising plans and amounts raised at each meeting.
  7. The Social Coordinator organizes social (non-fundraising) events for the school community, plans events, reports on event planning at each meeting, and recruits and communicates with parent volunteers.
  8. Members-at-Large serve in a capacity determined by the PAC. At the moment we have two member-at-large positions: Special Projects Coordinator (responsible for the recent Greening Project and grant applications for similar projects) and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (responsible for ensuring emergency supplies are stocked and communicating with staff about these resources). We would also like to add the position of Communications Coordinator (responsible for maintaining the PAC website (www.cameronpac.ca), the monthly PAC newsletter, our bulletin board in the school’s front hallway, and other promotion of PAC activities).

Staff Appreciation Day – May 17

We are pleased to be hosting a Staff Appreciation Luncheon to acknowledge our hardworking teachers and staff at Cameron, on Wednesday, May 17.

The Parent Advisory Council will be supplying coffee, tea, and punch. We are asking parents to contribute dishes for the meal, donations towards supplies, and time to help set up, host, and clean up on the 17th. A notice about the event was sent home this week – if you are able to help, please fill out the form and return it by May 3.

Contact cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com with any questions.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) presentation for parents

Parents are invited to a SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) presentation by Sarah Larsen, District SOGI Support Teacher (and Cameron classroom teacher) on Wednesday, May 17, hosted by the Stoney Creek Parent Advisory Council. Sarah will discuss the federal, provincial, and district context and support for SOGI education and explain SOGI-related terminology. She will bring handouts and share resources, and there will also be time for questions.

PAC needs you! Parent positions available for 2017-18

Are you good with words? Numbers? People? Technology? We would love for you to bring those skills to the Parent Advisory Council! Please consider putting your name forward for election to an executive position (descriptions below).

Not all of these positions are very time-consuming – there are a variety of levels of commitment, and many positions can be shared by 2 people.

The PAC represents all Cameron parents, so the more parents who get involved the better! Our election will be held at the May 11 AGM. Contact chair@cameronpac.ca with any questions.

 

DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE AND REPRESENTATIVES

  1. The Chairperson presides at all meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda, and is the official spokesperson for the PAC.
  2. The Vice-Chairperson is familiar with the Chairperson’s responsibilities and will assume their responsibilities in case of absence, presides over the Annual General Meeting, and accepts other duties as required.
  3. The Secretary records minutes of all meetings, handles correspondence, and keeps all PAC records.
  4. The Treasurer ensures PAC funds are properly accounted for, maintains financial records and books of account, reports on funds received and spent at each meeting, and drafts the annual budget.
  5. The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Representative attends all Burnaby DPAC meetings to represent and vote on behalf of the PAC, reports to the executive and membership about DPAC matters, and liaises with other parents and DPAC Representatives.
  6. The Fundraising Coordinator develops a fundraising plan for the year, organizes fundraising events and campaigns, works with the treasurer to ensure incoming funds are handled appropriately, and reports on fundraising plans and amounts raised at each meeting.
  7. The Social Coordinator organizes social (non-fundraising) events for the school community, plans events, reports on event planning at each meeting, and recruits and communicates with parent volunteers.
  8. Members-at-Large serve in a capacity determined by the PAC. At the moment we have two member-at-large positions: Special Projects Coordinator (responsible for the recent Greening Project and grant applications for similar projects) and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (responsible for ensuring emergency supplies are stocked and communicating with staff about these resources). We would also like to add the position of Communications Coordinator (responsible for maintaining the PAC website (www.cameronpac.ca), the monthly PAC newsletter, our bulletin board in the school’s front hallway, and other promotion of PAC activities).
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