DISTRICT 43 PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
the dpac43 executive team
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Mr. Klassen, a lawyer from Port Coquitlam, has two children, one in elementary and one in high school. He’s actively involved in PAC’s at both schools. He started attending DPAC meetings as a DPAC rep for Kilmer Elementary and has now been involved with the DPAC Executive for three years. Of utmost concern to Mr. Klassen is assuring parents are involved in decisions respecting the education process.
Charlie is a father of two girls, both attending French Immersion at Glenayre Elementary. When not busy with his daughters’ various sport and dance activities, Charlie, an engineer by trade, trains for marathons in addition to his new role as DPAC Vice President. His main focus is going to be working to engage parents with the school district and help make sure parents are represented as important stakeholder partners with the school board.
Edward Ram is a local business person and former teacher. Edward graduated from UBC with a Degree in Science and an Honours Degree in Education. He and his wife, Paula, have five children, all of which attended local schools in SD43 since 1995. His youngest child is currently in Grade 11. Edward has 12 years’ experience volunteering on various committees for the PAC’s at the schools his children have attended and six years with the DPAC starting as a Rep. for two years and as DPAC Vice-President the last four years.
Raised in Port Coquitlam and schooled in SD43, Judi is mother to an energetic, intelligent boy in grade three. Judi is currently Secretary for DPAC & Secretary and DPAC Rep for the James Park Elementary PAC. Judi is passionate about public school; she looks forward to sharing ideas and learning from her teammates.
Parent Education Coordinator
Shari O’Neill is the Mother of two children in SD43. She is a small business owner and avid school community and city community volunteer. As the Parent Education Coordinator, Shari is looking forward to bringing relevant issues forward for discussion with a variety of presenters. The health and happiness of all students is foremost in her mind when organizing information nights for parents.
health and safety coordinator
Hui Wang has over 20 years working experience as a computer engineer and sales. Running is his new hobby. Hui is just like every parent: a father who is extremely proud seeing his kids growing from Kindergarten to High School in public education system.
He believes the quality of education is critical to everyone’s future. High quality education need the mutually engagement from the learner, parentsand the educator to build up a better system together.
pac communication liaison
Teri is mom to two active high schoolers. When not engaged in local government activities, Teri, a first-term Coquitlam City Councillor, volunteers for a wide variety of community initiatives including extensive involvement with newcomer initiatives as Chair of the Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Task Group. In her role as DPAC’s PAC Communications Liaison Teri will be keeping School District 43 parents up-to-date via social media channels. Follow DPAC43 on Facebook and Twitter!
Maria is a mother of one in School District 43, originally from Venezuela. Maria has been actively participating in DPAC meetings for the last five years as former DPAC representative. She is looking forward to bringing her view regarding recognition of multicultural backgrounds in education. For Maria, DPAC has been the best source in the process of understanding the school system in Canada, and is hoping to convey to all parents in the District that DPAC meetings are the best way to stay involved in their children’s education and future accomplishments. DPAC meetings are not annoying minutes: DPAC meetings are the resources for you and your children’s future.
Lan Ti Tsai
Lan Ti is a mother of two children. She volunteers in many multicultural community event to help out newcomers to Canada to bridge the gap between their home country and their new community in Coquitlam. She is also a volunteer for local elementary school and food bank. She cares for kid’s health and safety, and always encourages multicultural diversity. She also supports the new immigrants and international students who are living in Tri-cities and studying in SD43. Serving her family and community brings her joy and she is honored to serve for the first time as a DPAC executive.
Originally from Mexico, Gina lives in Coquitlam with her husband and her my two boys. Architect, Construction Manager, Life Skills Coach certified in Emotional Intelligence, Gina enjoys empowering people through educating, coaching and connecting them to the resources they need to effectively plan a strategy and succeed. She’s a very active volunteer within the TriCities and aims to build a community that supports parents and their children.
member at large
Corrie and his wife, Lori, have been residents of Coquitlam for 40+ years and attended all levels of school in District 43. Corrie has been a parent in School District 43 since his daughter, Kieley, started Kindergarten in September 2010 at Eagle Ridge Elementary. He has held a PAC Executive Position while his daughter was in Elementary School and now at the Middle School Level. He has held the following Executive Positions at the school level: PAC President (3 years), PAC Vice President (2 years) and DPAC Rep (2 years). Corrie played a large role in the $60,000 Playground Replacement Project at Eagle Ridge Elementary in 2014/15. While at Scott Creek Middle he has played a supporting role with the various activities and programs that the school is involved in. He is entering his 5th term as a DPAC Executive; for the first 3 terms he served as the Health & Safety (Traffic) Coordinator and played an active role on the Coquitlam School Traffic Planning Committee. This year he will be once again holding the position of Member At Large where he will continue to attend School Board Meeting’s, play a supporting role with the other DPAC Executive’s and continue his focus on Traffic Safety in School District 43. Corrie also wants to hear what other school in our district are doing for Fundraising so he can share information and ideas with other schools as the year goes on.
Helen is a mother of two children who are currently in SD43 high schools. A full time working professional in engineering field, Helen also has been an active volunteer at local communities and schools. She is looking forward to supporting DPAC’s various initiatives that bring the parents’ awareness to important topics, such as students’ mental health, safer schools and social media impact to our children