The British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is the official parent voice in BC and recognized by the government and K-12 public education stakeholders. We feel fortunate to have a great working relationship with them and in fact many of the families in our support group are also PAC, DPAC and BCCPAC members. They have been supporting families in advocacy for many years and their workshop at our conference last year was a highlight for many. We hope you will be able to make it to see them speak at Advocacy: Equitable Access to Education, our fifth education advocacy conference held October 18th and 19th at the Civic Hotel in Surrey, BC.
Tickets available here:
Workshop: Advocacy In Action – The story of changing culture in 2 school districts
Katerina Gamlin (Bio):
Katerina Gamlin is a mother to Kassie, who was diagnosed with Autism
Spectrum Disorder. The lack of services in the school system that they were
met with set Katerina on a path to advocacy. She now advocates for
systemic change in her School District so that all children will have access to
education without prejudice. In October of 2017, Katerina became one of the founding members and the President of Parents’ Alliance for Different Abled Learners (PADAL). PADAL was incorporated as a BC Society in June of 2019. She is also a licensed Real
Estate Agent in Nanaimo since 2006 and is still successfully active in her
business ventures today.
John Gaiptman, CEO:
John Gaiptman is presently the CEO and Executive Director of BCCPAC. John spent 37 years in public education. He was Superintendent of Greater Victoria for 12 years and Superintendent of New Westminster for two years. Through his work with BCCPAC, John is able to offer support to parent advocates throughout the province.
You will learn:
- How parents in two districts transformed their school districts’ culture, policies and
- How to use your district’s appeal policy correctly and effectively
- How to ensure your Section 11 appeal will be heard by the Superintendent of Appeals
- How, when and why you want to work with the office of the Ombudsperson during the appeals and formal complaints process
You can learn more about BCCPAC and the wide range of their work here:
Read all the details about our conference here: