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Andrea Sinclair

President, SD39 Vancouver

Since 2017, it has been Andrea's goal to ensure BCCPAC is relevant – relevant to members, to parents, to public education. BCCPAC is the single largest stakeholder in public education and Andrea's goal was to make us equal. Andrea is so very proud to say that we are part of the provincial education structure having cemented our position in the public school system. With the support of the Board, she works hard to ensure our alliances are strong and respectful. Participating fully in all that is happening in public education and ensuring the parent perspective is heard, takes a tremendous amount of work. BCCPAC has earned the respect of public education stakeholders because we are highly credible. Andrea asks much of the Board members and she is constantly amazed at their willingness to give so much of their time. We come to meetings well-read and well-prepared. It is Andrea's promise to each of you that while she is President, BCCPAC will continue to make a difference in public education.

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Sarah Shakespeare

1st Vice-President, SD23 Central Okanagan

Sarah Shakespeare has always lived her life with a “Glass is Full” attitude. She finds many ways to be involved in her local community, as she has committed her life to helping those around her. She is excited to serve on the Board and believes that everyone deserves to have a good education. She is a wife, mother of three daughters was born and raised in England. She is very happy to be living in her dream destination in Kelowna, BC.

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Rina Diaz

2nd Vice-President, SD36 Surrey

Rina is a mother of three girls; two of which are still in the education system. Normally, she is somewhat of an introvert. However, when it comes to advocacy, she is direct and fierce. She has been active in various PAC roles at the school level since 2011 and DPAC roles since 2018. She is a hard working mom with multiple jobs that uses her "me" time to give back to her community. Her motivation to continue volunteering at the school is the art work decorating the school halls, the singing from the music room, the laughter from the parents working together and of course, the happy smiles she receives from the children. Rina looks forward to the opportunities to work with the Board to learn and build relationships for the betterment of our public education.

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Michelle Sylvest

Treasurer, SD8 Kootenay Lake

Michelle grew up in the Kootenays, and after attending university, they moved back home. Michelle's child started kindergarten this past fall, so they are new to the world of PAC. Michelle has spent over 20 years volunteering in executive roles. Michelle works in nonprofit operations management and is excited to bring their experience to where it matters. Michelle continues their educational journey alongside their child by working through an MBA specializing in Human Resources Management.

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Teresa Blades

Secretary, SD35 Langley

Teresa grew up in Vancouver and now lives in Langley where her oldest children attend elementary school. She's been involved with the PAC and DPAC since 2014. While advocacy is what drew her into DPAC, it was the need for connection between the district and families that kept her involved. Teresa has been an Early Childhood Educator for many years and knows the importance of early learning and its important connection to the K-12 system. In her spare time, she is kept busy with her children and their various activities from football to dance.

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Amanda Hillis

Dircector, SD39 Vancouver

Amanda has been involved in public education since 2008. She has held various leadership positions on PACs and DPAC. Through participating in district-level committees & working groups; interactions with parents, stakeholders, and advocacy groups; and reading lots of reports, she has learned a lot and is a strong advocate for transparency, accountability, and equitable quality education for every student. She looks forward to continuing to learn and advocate for students and parents at the provincial level.

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Carmen Sundstrom

Director, SD79 Cowichan Valley

Moving from Alberta, Carmen and her family have lived in the Cowichan Valley for the past fourteen years. She has been involved in the school communities from the beginning of her daughters’ educational career; taking on PAC roles in three separate schools, and many years with DPAC. She values the parent voice and appreciates that BCCPAC brings it provincial attention. She grew up believing that everyone should give back to their communities through volunteerism. One just needs to find their passion, and Carmen is passionate about public education and finding success for all students.

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Marvin Klassen

Director, SD43 Coquitlam

Mr. Klassen is a lawyer in Port Coquitlam with two children, one in middle school and one in University. He’s been actively involved in PAC’s for many years. Currently he is in his 6th year with the Executive of DPAC43 Coquitlam and fourth year as President. Of utmost concern to Mr. Klassen is ensuring parents are involved in decisions respecting the education process. He looks forward to being part of the provincial parent voice with BCCPAC.

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Tania Sargent

Director, SD42 Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows

Tania grew up in Richmond and gradually moved east to settle in Maple Ridge with her husband and two sons. She has children in both the high school and elementary levels. She has been chairing parent organizations or PACs since her oldest was in Kindergarten in 2012. She is also on the executive for SD 42 DPAC. She is passionate about inclusive and supportive education for all of BC's children and has experience with our public schools, as well as independent and DL schools. She strongly believes in BC's public schools and her hope is that all districts are able to serve the needs of all students equally across BC. In her spare time, Tania enjoys reading, baking and is involved as an adult advisor with BC Demolay, a leadership and service organization for teenage boys. Tania also works as a Wine Advisor promoting BC’s wines and sharing her knowledge with others.

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John Gaiptman

CEO

John has been involved with public education for over 35 years. He spent 14 years as a Superintendent of Schools; twelve of which were with the Greater Victoria School District and two with the New Westminster School District. John is married with two daughters and three grandchildren. It is his hope, through his vast experience in public education, that he can continue to support and empower parents for the success of each learner.

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