SD83 DPAC has been an 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.

DPAC represents all local PACs (Parents’ Advisory Councils) at the school district level by participating in monthly meetings and regular conversations with School Board Trustees and SD83 leadership. This relationship as the parent voice has led to positive and direct impacts on policies, budgets and the overall culture of education within our district.

DPAC – Our Voice is Your Voice

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Protest Events of September 17, 2021

DPAC extends its sincere appreciation to principals, teachers, staff and the SD83 leadership team in their decision to implement a “secure and hold” status to schools in Salmon Arm on Friday, September 17, 2021. The safety and well-being of our children is always the priority and was demonstrated by their immediate response and subsequent communications to students, parents and our community. Principals effectively diffused situations that could have escalated to another level.

At no time is it acceptable for protesters to enter school grounds and buildings with a clear purpose to engage in their personal agendas that put students, educators and staff at risk. Disrupting schools and causing children to be fearful is an egregious act of irresponsible social behaviour.

These last few years have been extremely difficult and we have all worked hard to maintain a safe and secure environment for our children. The action taken by protestors compromises all those efforts.

Protests should be directed to the appropriate decision-makers – not our children.

2020/2021 DPAC Executive

  • President: Corryn Grayston, Tappen
  • Vice President: Christy Wright, Salmon Arm
  • Treasurer: Christine Barbour-Jontz, Grindrod
  • Secretary: Sandy Thon, Grindrod
  • Director at Large:
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Executive Members – 2021/2022 Term

We have vacancies on our Board for the 2021/2022 term and invite any parents/guardians who want to help shape the future of education for our children to join our team.


Diverse Abilities Advocacy Committee (DAAC)

We are committed to obtaining a better understanding of the challenges facing parents and guardians of students with diverse abilities.

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

Visit our Advocacy page to learn more about DAAC and the initiatives we are working on.