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BCCPAC Board of Directors

  • Jen Mezei

    President SD 41 Burnaby

    Jen Mezei has been involved with PAC and DPAC for over a decade – including five years as the Burnaby DPAC Chair.  She has been a parent representative on Education, Special Education, LGBTQ, Advanced Learning and Policy committees.
    Jen is passionate about providing parents with the opportunity to provide meaningful and informed input.  She believes that the sharing of information is necessary to build capacity within our PACs and DPACs and to strengthen the parent voice in the collaborative process.
    Jen has three children and works in the renewable energy sector.  She is the 2010 winner of the BCCPAC George Matthews award for excellence in Parent Leadership.

  • Kendra Mann

    Secretary SD08 Kootenay Lake

    Kendra joined the board as Secretary in November 2014.  She currently lives in Nelson with her family of 3 daughters in the K-12 system.  Kendra developed keen skills in keeping organizations organized and volunteers extensively in the Kootenay community.  She enjoys mentoring young girls as a guide leader and somehow still finds time to volunteer for the cancer society, PAC and DPAC.  She looks forward to working with parents across the province to advocate for quality public education.

  • Gord Byers

    1st Vice President, Treasurer SD 33 Chilliwack

    Gord was elected to the BCCPAC Board as Treasurer at the 2015 AGM. He has four children, three in the education system and one that just graduated. Gord currently lives in Chilliwack B.C., he has lived in Chilliwack his entire life. He works for Shaw Cable in town and has for the past fifteen years. Currently he is involved with Chilliwack DPAC as Vice Chair and Chilliwack Middle as Secretary.

  • Karen Nordquist

    Director SD 44 North Vancouver

    Karen has two school age daughters and has been involved in multiple roles on her school and district PACs for six years/  A primary focus of her work has been on student rights and their welfare at school. She believes that parents, as the natural advocates for their children, need a stronger voice in public education to ensure that each child is learning to the best of their abilities in a safe and healthy environment. In her first term on the BCCPAC Board, she has enjoyed working toward the goal of truly meaningful consultation and collaboration between Parents, the Ministry of Education and Educators for the benefit of all students in public education.

  • Tracy Wright

    Director SD 35 Langley

    Tracy is excited to be starting her second term with the BCCPAC Board of Directors. She lives in Langley with her husband Craig and their 3 wonderful children. All three kids attended public school, and their eldest has graduated in 2014. Tracy also has a Bachelor’s degree in Education with Music, Theatre, and History as her main teachable subjects.

    Besides having been involved with her children’s school PAC(s) and the District PAC for over more than decade; she has also served on the boards of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDAFS) Fraser South chapter and Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia (LDABC) prior to joining the BCCPAC Board in 2014. Tracy is excited to serve our membership for a second term and can’t wait to see what we as an organisation accomplish for the parents of this province and their children.

  • John Gaiptman

    Executive Director

    John has been in public education for 37 years. For the past fourteen years, he has been Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and one granddaughter. John is excited to be the new Executive Director of BCCPAC. It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, he will be able to support the causes of BCCPAC.



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