DISTRICT 43 PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
the dpac43 executive team
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Craig is in his seventh year as a parent in the school district and is in his fifth year of active involvement with the DPAC. Supporting PAC outreach, parent engagement, and student well-being projects, Craig applies his experience in non-profit leadership, strategic initiative development, and stakeholder engagement to his DPAC role.
Edward is a father of five children who are currently attending all levels of education from elementary through to post-secondary. He is passionate for public education in the district and attends every school board meeting as a representative of the DPAC.
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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.
Charlie is a father of two, the oldest is in grade three French Imersion and the youngest is in grade one French Imersion at Glenayre Elementary. An engineer by trade, Charlie also coaches his daughters’ soccer teams and runs marathons, in addition to his DPAC role. As DPAC Newsletter/Website Editor, Charlie’s focus will be in producing a regular newsletter and in continuing to seek to improve the usefullness of the DPAC website, with the goal of making it a central portal for parents to find imporatnat and useful information about the school district and the community at large.
Parent Education Coordinator
Shari is a business owner, married, and a mother of two SD43 students. Shari is an active community volunteer, a Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce member and Ambassador, Enchantment Project fundraising committee, DPAC’s representative on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, involved with her children’s school PACs and former Member at Large. This is Shari’s second term as Parent Ed Coordinator with the DPAC. Shari looks forward to bringing in special guest speakers to educate parents in our school community on various subjects, such as: social media concerns, embracing multiculturalism, special needs children, children with learning disabilities, how school funding is spent, grant writing, social emotional learning and more.
health and safety coordinator
Alicia Lara Casillas graduated from UBC and UCD (University of California Davis) in Spanish and romance languages, as well as additional studies on language acquisition, and Mandarin. She was awarded the Community Volunteer Connections Scholarship 2014-2015 through SHARE Society after volunteering since 2011. She holds the Community Support Worker Diploma with Honours Degree and works with people with developmental disability and individuals with compromised mental well-being. Her trianing includes over 50
additional courses/studies in the area of human and social development. For over 35 years she has worked in the area of social work, mental health, and education advancement with people of all walks of life from most countries throughout the world. She believes in helping people access resources to ease the difficulties in life and enjoys bringing people together to form a community and make them feel welcomed and that they belong, with a focus on social integration and isolation reduction. She has studied dance for years, and loves to dance to Latin jazz rhythms, Caribbean percussion, Moroccan blends, and varieties of rock and hopes to try bhangra dancing too!
pac communication liaison
Teri is mom to two active kids: one in middle school, one in high school. 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 Syrian refugee 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!
Jane is a mother of son who is in high school. She and her son immigrated to Canada 7 years ago. Before that, she was a lawyer in China. In Canada, she decided to work with other multicultural background parents to enjoy community life and support their children. She is also interested in getting involve in activities of non-profitable organizations. She also supports international students who are living in this community and studying in SD43.
member 2 at large
Corrie is entering his 4th term as a DPAC Executive. For the past 3 years he served as Health & Safety (Traffic) and was part of the Coquitlam School Traffic Planning Committee, working on ways to improve traffic within our district. This year he will be holding the position of Member-at-Large and he will continue to work with schools and other organizations on Traffic Safety within our district. Corrie is very active within the community and has a great knowledge of events and other things going on within our community and he wants to share his knowledge with PAC’s about various ways to fund raise and get involved within the community. Corrie and his wife have lived in Coquitlam for 40 + years and have attended all levels of schools in SD43. Corrie has been a part of the PAC’s in both Elementary and Middle School. This year he will be serving as PAC President at Scott Creek Middle School where his daughter Kieley will be entering Grade 7.
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.
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