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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.

  • Gord Byers

    1st Vice President SD 33 Chilliwack

    Gord was elected to the BCCPAC Board as 1st Vice President in May 2017. Previously he completed a term as Treasurer (2015-2017). He has four children, three in the education system and one that just graduated. Gord currently lives in Chilliwack B.C., where he was lived 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.

  • Andrea Sinclair

    2nd Vice President SD 39 Vancouver

    Andrea’s passion and strength has always been connecting people.  She has broad experience serving on her PAC Executive as Chair and is well versed in board policy.  She is eager to help the BCCPAC Board to engage more deeply with its members and help lift parent voice, effecting positive change for all our children. She brings her skills as advocate and collaborator to the BCCPAC Board as well as her skills in brokering meaningful conversations and relevant dialogue – key virtues as BCCPAC strives to make parent voice heard.

  • 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.

  • Gillian Burnett

    Treasurer SD 57 Prince George

    Gillian Burnett was born in Toronto, Ontario; moved to Edmonton, Alberta for Kindergarten; and grew up in North Vancouver, BC. She currently resides just outside Prince George, BC with her husband (Steve) and two fabulous kids (Katherine, 12 and Jake, 10). Both her children will start at new schools in September.
    Her work experience has provided her with a wealth of knowledge, exposure to diverse settings, and growth opportunities at every turn. Gillian earned my Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting this past May from UNBC. As a collaborator, Gillian set her sights on working with educational partners to better understand each other’s positions and working together to find the most effective ways to
    address challenges, influence change and implement plans.

  • Crystal Andrews

    Director SD 62 Sooke

    Crystal has developed an impressive portfolio of skills that includes, amoung other things, a lengthy history as a PAC volunteer that started as classroom volunteer, continued through every executive position on the elementary and middle school PACs and culminated in the Sooke (SD 62) DPAC as liaison and VP Communication. Her professional experience in the financial industry has given her a deep understanding of corporate goal setting and achievement, through  performance management, team cooperation and continual feedback and development. Crystal is looking forward to helping the BCCPAC Board build awareness amoung parents, of all the great work their do for students.

  • 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.

  • 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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January 14, 2018

BCCPAC sends Letter of Support

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