Important Rally Oct 20 5:30pm b/c Democratic Officials Fired

The John Oliver PAC wants you to be aware of this:

Please join us this Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. for a rally at the Vancouver School Board 1580 West Broadway South Lawn. In order for us to be united and have a strong voice to say NO to constant under funding, we MUST stand together and be heard!

(*Ironically, this rally was going to be held at the John Oliver gym, and the gym had been booked, but the Vancouver School Board cancelled the rally booking on Wednesday October 19th!)

After the VSB Trustees advised the BC Education Minister of an imminent balanced budget meeting, they were fired!

The VSB Trustees were democratically voted in by the people of Vancouver. After hearing the public’s demands and outcries about potential school closures the Trustees refused to agree with the cuts and closures and were in turn fired by the Province!

– Are you tired of constant underfunding?

– Are you tired of program cuts and closures?

– Are you tired of more work being downloaded?

– Are you tired of year after year uncertainty?

We ALL need to show our support and stand up against this unbelievable move by the Provincial Government.

We are concerned for the future of our families’ livelihoods and well being!

Please attend this important rally!

JO PAC Meeting Wednesday Oct 19 7pm – discussing money allocation

Our most exciting meeting of the year is happening on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm in the Learning Commons. Students and teachers will be presenting their requests for funding and the PAC (all JO Parents are members and can vote if present!) will start voting on where to spend the gaming grant. If you want a say in what money is spent on at JO, please attend this meeting! Refreshments will be served.

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JO PAC Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2016

JO PAC Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2016

  1. Attendance – Principal Pedro DaSilva; Anne Montgomery, Chair; Tracey Santos, Treasurer; Ramandeep Minhas and Suzanne Smythe, DPAC Reps, and over 30 parents.
  2. Motion to accept last meeting’s minutes – Karwal and Tracey
  3. Introduction to the PAC by Anne – the main reasons the PAC operates is to support our children’s education and school experience, to fund teacher and student requests, to volunteer at school events, to fundraise as needed, and to create a community of support for families.
  4. Principal’s Talk – This is Pedro’s first year at JO; he was the Principal of the Vancouver Learning Network for a number of years. Tim McGeer, our previous Principal, was sent to University Hill.
  • The school’s goals this year are literacy and numeracy, social responsibility and Aboriginal Education.
  • Current enrolment stands at 1075 students.
  • There are a number of District programs at JO including: the Special Education classes, Take a Hike, International Student program, and the Mini Digital Immersion program.
  • A number of sports have already started: girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.
  • There are plans to get better communication via social media, the school’s website and regular emails and newsletters. There is a Google app (free from the app store) called ‘JO Agenda’ that can be used to see what is going on in the school, as well as the WAAG emails (Week At A Glance) that are supposed to be sent out to everyone. Some of us haven’t been receiving these emails; if you haven’t, please talk to Teresa Minato or one of the other office staff.
  1. Treasurer’s Talk – we don’t have exact numbers at the moment but we spent all of our gaming grant funds last term and won’t receive the new grant until October.
  • $5,000 is left in the contingency fund, including $3,000 that was generously donated by Bank of Montreal last year.
  • $30,000 to $40,000 remains in the Legacy Fund that was started by alumni at JO’s 100th anniversary celebrations. This money has been earmarked for use in saving the auditorium if the school is torn down in the future.
  • We will be holding a Direct Drive this year to raise funds; an email will be sent soon.
  1. PAC Business:
  • JO was taken off the school closure list, however, there is still an imbalance between the east side and west side of the city in terms of which schools are up for possible closure (more on the east side) and which schools are on the list for a seismic upgrade (more on the west side). Members of the PAC will be looking into what can be done to convince the VSB and Minister of Education, Mike Bernier, to give more support to east side schools.
  • There will be a VSB meeting at Tupper Secondary on Monday, September 26 at 7pm to discuss the possible school closures. The public is welcome to attend.
  • PAN (Parent Advocacy Network) is a great resource for keeping track of what is going on with our schools. Their website is
  • The Mini program will be holding a Bingo Night in November.
  • Our next meeting is on October 19 at 7pm. This is when student groups and teachers present their wish lists for donations and we vote on where we think funds will make the biggest impact. Please join us!

JO PAC meeting September 21 2016 7pm

Welcome back! September is the time for seeing old friends and making new ones, and one of the ways that parents can get in on the action is by joining the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)!
Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, in the Learning Commons (the library) at 7pm. There will be refreshments and some really cool people to meet, such as the PAC executive, some very friendly parents, our awesome new Principal, Pedro DaSilva, and quite possibly some teachers.The first meeting is the time where we get to know one another, talk about what we can expect from the upcoming year, ask and answer questions, and hear from Pedro what is happening at John Oliver this term.
The PAC allows parents to get involved and have a say in their children’s school experience. We share concerns, become educated, volunteer at school events, and decide how gaming grant money will be spent within the school. Everyone is welcome to join so if you want to know what’s going on at John Oliver, please come to our PAC meetings or sign up for the PAC’s emails so you can stay informed.
Feel free to connect with us via the JO Facebook page: and/or our Event on this meeting – 

JO PAC Meeting – May 25, 2016

JO PAC Meeting – May 25, 2016

Present:  Anne Montgomery – PAC Chair, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Ramandeep Kaurminhas and Suzanne Smythe – Co-DPAC Reps., Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Paul Thandi (Moberley PAC Chair), Tim McGeer – Principal, and 10 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m.

  1. PAC Elections:

Co-Chair – needed for next year as it will be Anne’s last year at John Oliver

Treasurer – Tracey

Secretary – Jo-Ann

DPAC – Suzanne and Ramandeep

In September there will be a re-structuring to share Chair duties – including teacher liaison, student liaison, email distribution, etc.

  1. Principal’s Announcements: Tim McGeer

New Principal for September 2016 – Tim is being transferred to UHill and Pedro de Silva (currently VLN Principal) will be replacing him.

Dry Grad – happened Wed. May 25 with a Mystery Bus Tour, followed by fun event in gym.

Graduation – June 7th – Chan Centre

5 PAC Scholarships (2 for Mini Students; 1 i/n/o Thomas Harapnuick – past VP) – to be presented by Anne and Ramandeep.

Sr. Girls Softball – won Provincial Championship

Subject Awards Evening – Tues. May 31st – family and students welcome to attend.

Music Concert – June 9th concert with Alumni – tickets are $2.

  1. Update on John Oliver Secondary School – closure or seismic upgrade:

Anne and Suzanne will speak at the June 15th Long Range Facilities meeting on behalf of PAC.

Intention is to have John Oliver back on list for seismic upgrade; to build a right-size new school and use the old building as swing space for other schools.

June 20th – school closure list will be announced.

Henriquez architects have drawn up plans for new John Oliver school (under capacity) to be built along 43 Avenue. Mentioned that the plans should be made public to parents, with “Envision the Future” as slogan.

Any voicemail phone calls to Minister Mike Bernier’s office in the evening will be documented and shared the next day. Please phone (250) 387-1977 with your positive message for a new school to be re-built.

  1. Amateur Radio Club:

Have given John Oliver an HF Unit = emergency radio communication HUB. JO was chosen for its location.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held in September 2016.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page ( ), the Twitter feed (, or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (

Have a good summer.

JO PAC meeting Wednesday 25 May 2016 7pm Learning Commons

Regular week changed b/c of important VSB Facilities meeting (Committee II) (we are sending a delegation). May 25, 2016 is the last JO PAC meeting of the year. We’ll be hearing results of our recent BMO fundraiser, having elections for a few PAC positions so would love to see parents out!

PAC meetings help you be informed about issues around school, allow you to meet with Admin (Principal McGeer always attends) and allow you to contribute towards and connect with a great school family! Be a great role model for your children!

Email with questions and ideas!

ps – seen our FB page?

Letter from Anne Montgomery to VSB Trustees re: Considerations re: JO and Facilities May 9 2016

Here is the letter to the VSB and Minister of Education re: JO Opportunity re: Facilities by Anne Montgomery, John Oliver PAC Chair mentioned my Anne Montgomery at the meeting on May 9 2016 re: considerations for the Facilities team re: John Oliver and seismic upgrades. Questions?

Ever wondered the purpose of PAC?

If you’re wondering more about what PACs in Vancouver are for, and the benefits of being in one, read this summary from the BC PAC website:  (

What is a PAC?

The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).

PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:

  • providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school;
  • involving parents in volunteer activities; and
  • openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.

Who Can Become a Member of PAC?

All parents and guardians of students registered in the school are able to participate as a member of the PAC.

What Governs a PAC?

As an autonomous body, the PAC must abide by its Constitution and Bylaws and the School Act.

How Does a PAC Work?

Through their elected executives from parents in the school, PACs communicate with their parent community gathering and discussing issues of importance regarding their school in order to adequately advise those that influence their school. In addition to PAC meetings communication may also be done through, newsletters, telephone, email, and websites so that all parents have the opportunity for input. PACs, with strong participation from parents, have an important influence on life at the school and the feelings the community has toward the school and education. There is strong evidence that increased parent involvement in the school results in increased student achievement, accomplishment, satisfaction, and bonding all of which result in decreased dropout rates and better citizen.

Whom does the PAC Advise?

(a) advise the board and the principal and staff of the school or the Provincial school respecting any matter relating to the school or the Provincial school, other than matters assigned to the school planning council, and

(b) at the request of the SPC, assist the SPC in carrying out its functions under this Act.

(c) advise their District Parents’ Advisory Council (DPAC), British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), the Ministry of Education and any other organization, as they deem necessary.

The Purpose of a PAC can be:

  • to provide parents with the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the school;
  • to assist the School Planing Counsel in carrying out its function;
  • to give input into school- based decisions;
  • to participate in goal setting;
  • to unify efforts of the school community towards the goal of quality education;
  • to monitor and review school rules and conduct, the safety programs, the educational programs; learning materials, equipment and the school building;
  • to educate parents;
  • to advocate equal educational opportunities for all students;
  • to liaise with other education partners and organizations; and
  • to provide methods to resolve problems between the school and community by directing parents and students to the Advocacy project.

The PAC is NOT:

A forum to discuss individual students/staff problems or conflicts.

Your Involvement

Parents are encouraged and invited to bring forth issues, suggestions, or concerns relating to the meeting and enhancement of the needs of your school community.

These issues can be brought forth by:

  • contacting a PAC executive member
  • sending a letter to the school addressed to a member of the PAC executive
  • attending a PAC meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you out at an upcoming John Oliver Secondary PAC meeting!

Funds raised, Budget Shortfalls, Activities – great stuff – Minutes April 13 2016 PAC meeting

Lots of goodies talked about at the JO PAC meeting Wednesday April 13, 2016, including success of our BMO-fund-matching program ($3250 raised), some filming going on ($7000 raised), and some very important issues you should read about (VSB shortfalls that will affect our school in terms of kids per class (raised), loss of mini school program secretaries (jeopardizing programs at all 17 Vancouver secondary schools).

Read please!  JO PAC Meeting Minutes 04-13-2016

Do you follow JO on FB? Do you receive emails from JO PAC? Being informed and sharing accurate information with other parents, students and neighbours in the John Oliver family is key to our success. Thank you!

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Communication is key for the goals of our kids and our school. Ask 3 parents of JO students you know if they are on the email list and/or following JO via the methods above. If not, ask them to please sign up! Thanks!

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