THE DPAC43 EXECUTIVE TEAM
PAC EXECUTIVE TEAM FOR THIS YEAR
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Mr. Klassen, a lawyer from Port Coquitlam, has two children–one in middle school and one in university. He is actively involved in the middle school’s PAC. He started attending DPAC meetings as a DPAC rep for Kilmer Elementary. He is now in his 5th year with the DPAC Executive and in his second term as President. Of utmost concern to Mr. Klassen is ensuring 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 secretary. 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.
Jamie Manchester, a busy mother of two children, moved to Port Coquitlam in 2008. She is the former PAC Treasurer of both Cedar Drive Elementary and Minnekhada Middle Schools. She is currently the PAC Treasurer at Terry Fox Secondary School. Jamie is passionate about being involved in the school community and is looking forward to both sharing her ideas and learning from her fellow DPAC executive members.
Raised in Port Coquitlam and schooled in SD43, Judi is mother to an energetic, intelligent boy in grade three. Judi is currently Vicepresident 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.
Zainab is a mother of two young children who have just started their SD43 school journey. She works in the field of Behaviour Consultancy early years. Her love for education has ignited a longing and thirst for learning and she is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with the community by bring forward important topics that face our educational school system today.
Rosey is a wife and mother of two kids, one already in elementary school and the other will be joining next year. As the PAC Chair at Smiling Creek Elementary for the past 2 years, she was instrumental in the building of the new PAC from the ground up. In what spare time she can find, she enjoys playing soccer in the Burnaby Over 30’s Women’s Club.
Rosey has worked in Healthcare for over 20 years and is excited to support the DPAC with her knowledge of Health and Safety as well as providing parents with updated information on a regular basis. Her utmost priority is to help ensure the happiness and health of all students.
Mom to (now) two extremely active middle schoolers, Nipa volunteers for a wide variety of school activities including Yearbook, Social Media, Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator and PAC Chair at Kilmer Elementary and Citadel. When she’s not at the school, a soccer pitch or a lacrosse field, Nipa is a Fundraising Manager at Seniors Services Society of BC who constantly looks to diversify the society’s fundraising portfolio. In her role as DPAC’s PAC Communications Liaison Nipa will continue to keep School District 43 parents up-to-date via social media channels. Follow DPAC43 on Facebook and Twitter!
PAC COMMUNICATION LIAISON
Andrea is mom to two children. She has a child attending Terry Fox Secondary and a child at Minnekhada Middle School. She has been involved with school PAC’s since 2012. In addition to being the DPAC Parent Communication Coordinator, this year she is the PAC Chair for Minnekada and is the DPAC Representative for Terry Fox. Andrea is an active member of the Port Coquitlam Community. She is a Board Member for the Port Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association, the Executive Director for I Am Someone Ending Bullying Society, and the Manager at Leigh School Daycare. Her professional background is in fundraising, events and non-profits. Andrea’s goals are to keep parents informed and up to date about what’s happening in SD43.
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.
MEMBER AT LARGE 1
Joy has a varied background in business and high tech. She is a strong believer in public education whose children have attended elementary, middle school, and high schools in the Tri-cities. As a high school PAC representative to DPAC for the past 3 years, Joy has sought to understand better how the Education system functions (BC Ministry of Education, school board, and the 3 levels of parent groups–PAC, DPAC, BCCPAC.) Her focus as a member of the DPAC executive this year will be to improve transparency and engage busy parents with the education issues that affect their families and community.
MEMBER AT LARGE 2
Corrie and his wife, Lori have been residents of Coquitlam for 40+ years and they both attended all levels of school in District 43. Corrie has been actively involved with PAC since his daughter, Kieley started Kindergarten at Eagle Ridge Elementary in 2010 and she will be entering Grade 10 at Gleneagle Secondary in September.
Corrie is entering his 8th Term as a DPAC Executive and once again holds the Position of Member at Large (4th Term). Corrie is very involved in the community and school district and is always showing support when asked upon. Once again, Corrie will continue to represent DPAC at Board Meetings, support School and Community Events, share Fundraising Idea and continue to work with all municipalities in SD43 to improve Traffic Safety in our school communities.
Tara Lyons (she/her) is a parent to two young kiddos. She is a PAC executive at her daughter’s elementary school and is actively involved in the local parent and queer communities. She is a faculty member in the department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Originally from Philadelphia, Rayne was a teacher and business owner is Asia for 18 years before moving to Canada in 2017 with her husband and two daughters. She currently works for a geotechnical consulting firm as well as the recreation department for the City of Port Coquitlam. In addition to being part of the Riverside Secondary School PAC, she also volunteers for New View Society which supports people challenged by mental illness. Rayne is proud to be with the SD43 DPAC this year and looks forward to serving her community.
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