Parents! Do you have comments on the District Budget?

On April 3, Burnaby DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council) reps will discuss the District Budget, bringing forward concerns and comments from parents at each school. If you have comments you’d like us to contribute, please email them to or use the webform on the Contact Us page.

From Burnaby DPAC:

In 2016, Burnaby PACs identified three areas of concern hat were significantly impacted by these budgetary cuts [of nearly $10 million over the last 6 years]. Those areas were: (1) cuts to custodial services, (2) cuts to learning support services for students with special needs designations as well as those students who require some additional support but do not have designations, and (3) reduced counselling services for students.

SOGI (Sexual orientation and gender identity) resources

At the February 20 DPAC meeting, the School District’s SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Committee presented to parents an overview of the work they do in elementary and secondary schools in Burnaby. The committee provided a list of resources for parents and students:

Ivan Coyote’s Ted Tx: We All Need a Safe Place to Pee – 2015 (12 min) *Canadian
In a poetically rhythmic TEDx talk, award winning Vancouver author Ivan Coyote highlights the need for gender neutral washrooms in all public places

Coming Out to Immigrant Parents – 2015 (4 min 30)
Young adults share their coming out stories. They share their feeling and fears: “This part of me is different…and what if it changes the way my family sees me…?”

Moms for Transgender Equality – 2015 (4 min)   Human Right Campaign
Youtube video in which moms speak up for transgender equality. They are the voice of countless parents of transgender and gender-expansive youth, pledging to make the world safer for their children.

Local organizations that provide information and/or presentations for students or parents:

Out In Schools – http://outinschoolscom/

Qmunity –

BCTF Workshops –

Burnaby DPAC requesting parent input re: provincial budget

The Burnaby DPAC is seeking parent input in order to prepare a letter to the Ministers of Finance and Education advocating for our funding priorities for the 2017 provincial budget. Please review the Theme 5 (K-12 Education) section of the committee’s report, particularly the Recommendations, and submit any feedback to the Cameron PAC Chair/DPAC Representative ( before Monday, February 20.

Parent Information Evening – CrimeStoppers (Nov. 30)

Burnaby DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council) and Metro Vancouver CrimeStoppers are presenting a Parent Information Evening (PIE) called “So You Want to Keep Your Kids Safe” on Wednesday, November 30, 7:00-9:00pm, at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School. This event is FREE and is open to all parents and guardians in Burnaby. See the flyer below for more information and register at


DPAC – Free Parent Information Evenings

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 9.15.41 PMThe Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council hosts free Parent Information Evenings (PIEs) throughout the school year where expert speakers present on topics related to education, parenting, and child development.

The following PIEs have been announced for 2015-2016 at Burnaby Central Secondary School from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. For further information and to register, please follow the links to the DPAC site below.

Oct. 28, 2015 What is Social Emotional Learning and what does it look like in SD41?
Feb. 24, 2015 Taking Social and Emotional Learning Home
Apr. 27, 2016 Self Regulation in the Early Years: Home to School

2015 School District Budget Survey

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council invites all parents to take a moment to complete a very brief survey on the 2015 School District budget.

As programs and services to students will be inevitably be affected by funding shortfalls this year, this is an important chance to let the School District and Trustees know what is important to you.

Comments are optional, but very welcome. All feedback will be presented to the School District via the Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council. The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday, April 13, 2015.


Thank you for your support! More information and news articles on the funding challenges facing the District can be found here.