What is the PAC?
The PAC is the Parent Advisory Council. There are PACs at every school in BC, designed to support the school and involve the parent community in school activities. In BC, PACs are also then organized into District PACs (DPACs) and the Provincial Council of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC).
Who is in the PAC?
If you are a parent or guardian of a child at Trafalgar, you are a member of the PAC!
What does the PAC do?
Our PAC is involved in various activities within the school and in support of our school. These activities include fundraising to support important school programs and events, and other activities to build school community.
In the past, the Trafalgar PAC has funded computer upgrades, performing arts, gymnastics, and library acquisitions and contributed to schoolroom budgets. To support all of these programs the Trafalgar PAC runs fundraising activities, including the annual Direct Appeal, the hot lunch program and many special events. In addition to raising funds, these activities build school community and enrich our children’s school experience.
How can I get involved?
There are many different ways that you can get involved.
- Attend a meeting
- Sit on the Executive
- Volunteer for a Committee
- Help with Fundraising
- Volunteer to help with a PAC program or event
How do I attend a meeting?
PAC meetings are held one evening a month at the school. At the PAC meeting, we hear from the principal and representatives of the PAC and the school. Occasionally, speakers of interest will be invited to a PAC meeting. The schedule for meetings is posted on this website.
Can I just get the information without attending meetings?
Absolutely. Check back at trafalgarpac.ca regularly. All meeting minutes are posted!
I don’t have a lot of time…
Every contribution counts! You are always welcome to come to one meeting and not the next. We welcome everyone’s input, and there may just be a way you can become involved without spending a lot of time. Maybe you can help out with one event, one project or one initiative… The more hands, the lighter the work!
About PAC Committees
There are currently five PAC Committees, all of which welcome new members and ideas! In addition, the PAC plays an important role on certain school committees. For specific volunteer needs, see Announcements. To volunteer or for more information about any of the committees, contact us.
The Events Committee is responsible for fun and inclusive PAC events at Trafalgar School. Recent events include the Back to School Movie Night and the Halloween Monster Ball (with a Cake Walk).
The Fundraising Committee organizes programmes to raise funds for the PAC. These programmes take a secondary role to the Direct Appeal campaign. Programmes include International Dinner and the Lunar Spring Festival.
The Communications Committee works to keep parents informed of PAC activities. Communication includes both print (school posters for events, agenda inserts and newsletters) and the PAC website.
The Budget Committee – The budget committee is comprised of the PAC Chair(s), the PAC Treasurer(s), the school Principal, school Vice Principal and usually one PAC representative appointed by the PAC Chair. The committee is chaired by the PAC Treasurer and typically meets in the FALL (after the Direct Appeal) with the purpose of developing a draft budget for presentation to the PAC for approval. PAC members interested in sitting on the committee should have a good knowledge of budgeting, fundraising and an overall understanding of school initiatives and priorities.
In addition to these PAC Committees, the PAC has a very significant role to play with the following two school committees which rely on PAC funding and input to move their initiatives forward. The school committees have PAC members, teachers or administrators, and sometimes outside experts.
The Trafalgar School Greening Committee’s purpose is the development of outdoor green space at the school for educational purposes.
The Trafalgar Technology Committee works with school administrators and interested teachers to develop and implement a classroom focussed technology strategy to maximize learning outcomes. Ideal candidates are parents with management or supervisory experience who are curious about technology and teaching.
What is DPAC?
The Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is a collection of parents working with the common goal of supporting education for all the children of Vancouver. Its purpose is to:
- Support Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) at the school level and to encourage them to share their parents’ views at the district and provincial levels
- Represent the views of city parents to the Vancouver Board of Education through participation on school board standing and advisory committees
- Advocate for Vancouver parent concerns at the provincial level through representation to the British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), Vancouver Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) does not represent one voice. We try to represent the diverse views of Vancouver PACs and parents. Recognizing that each student is unique, our goal is to attain the best education for all students in our school district (SD#39).