BCCPAC Board of Directors
John BirdPresident - Emeritus SD 61 Victoria
John has been involved in the school system for twenty-nine years and counting. He has spent twenty years coaching, has served as a director on six different PACs over thirteen years and has been part of the Victoria DPAC executive for fifteen years, nine of those as the president.
He is profoundly passionate about educating children in a public system that ensures the success of every student. He believes that parents are grossly underrepresented in the decisions that are made about children in our schools and he wants to see this changed. He believes that parent leaders need to reach out to educators to share their expertise about children and their perspectives on education.
“Parents are the primary advocates for children. BCCPAC must ensure that parents are involved and that their expertise in incorporated into all levels of decisions that affect our children’s school experience.”
John recently resigned as President of BCCPAC due to health issues. In his brief time as President he has lead BCCPAC in many successes in its role as a key partner in education. From parents to politics John’s strength in forging strong relationships with our partners in education cannot be overstated. First and foremost he always reminds us “It’s about the kids.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Farah Shroff PhDFirst Vice-President and Acting President SD 39 Vancouver
I am mother to 15 year old Arman and 18 year old Zubin, both of whom attend(ed) Sty Wet Tan/Point Grey Mini School in Vancouver. Our kids schooled at Ecole Rose des Vents, Queen Elizabeth Annex, Ecole Jules Quesnel, Maple Grove, EBus (when our family traveled to 20 countries over the course of a year) so enjoyed learning in various languages. My husband and I are keen to support quality public education and have been involved in our kids’ schools since they were very young. Like our boys, I grew up in Vancouver, attending public schools. I now teach part-time at UBC in the Faculty of Medicine, run a public health consulting company and teach yoga, dance and other wellness activities. My passion is creating a healthier world and public education is a huge determinant of population health.
Dr. Schroff has assumed the office of Acting President of BCCPAC until elections in May 2017 at the AGM in Surrey B.C..email@example.com
Jen MezeiSecond Vice-President - Director of Communications and Ministry Engagement 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MannSecretary 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 email@example.com
Gord ByersTreasurer 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen NordquistDirector 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 email@example.com
Tracy WrightDirector 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
John GaiptmanExecutive 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.email@example.com