DPAC represents all local PACs (Parents’ Advisory Councils) at the school district level in conversations having direct impact on policies, budgets and the overall culture of education within our district.

DPAC asked some tough questions 4+ years ago, that ultimately led to significant changes within School District 83. We are proud of the contribution DPAC has made to changes in transparency, accountability and communication between the school district and our communities. For example, DPAC requested improved transparency and a broader understanding of the annual budget process, which we are pleased to see in place today.

SD83 DPAC has been a positive, effective and involved parent voice over the past several years. It is important that a strong parent voice continue to represent the perspectives of our Shuswap families.

2019/2020 DPAC Executive:

  • President: Corryn Grayston, Tappen
  • Vice President: Christy Wright, Salmon Arm
  • Treasurer: Kari Wilkinson, Salmon Arm
  • Secretary: Katherine Watson, Tappen
  • Director at Large: Sandy Thon, Grindrod
  • Director at Large: Monica Seys, Sorrento


North Okanagan Shuswap DPAC are extremely concerned for the well-being and health of our children, families, educators and community as a whole. We completely support the provincial decision to close all K-12 schools for an indefinite period. Knowing this decision has created additional challenges for families, we still believe it is in the best interest of our children to do whatever is possible to safeguard them from exposure to COVID-19 and to do our part to flatten the curve of transmission.

Click here to go to our Covid-19 | Student Resources page.

Please note until further notice, any DPAC meetings will be hosted via Zoom meetings only (audio or video conference platforms).

Diverse Abilities Advocacy Committee (DAAC) Survey

We are committed to obtaining a better understanding of the challenges facing parents and guardians of students with diverse abilities and invite you, if applicable, to complete our survey.

This survey will assist us to advocate for, and support the enhancement of, high quality learning experiences for students with diverse abilities in the public school system.

We define Diverse Abilities as physical, cognitive, developmental, learning, and/or neurological differences in ability levels.

Special Needs Students are those that require resources different from most students (the formal definition can be found in the BC School Act found on our website links page).

This survey will close March 31, 2020.

Long Range Facilities Plan (2020 – 2029)

Thanks to all the parent/guardians and other interested community members who participated in the public information sessions as well as SD83’s long range facilities plan survey (which closed March 16).

Our trustees have a challenging time ahead to determine the most advantageous model for our district. We look forward to their recommendations when they are complete.

Long Range Facilities Plan (2020 – 2029)