Parent Involvement Committee

The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) provides the school board with information and advice to help engage parents. The PIC undertakes activities to help parents support their children's learning at home and at school. They also share information with and support School Community Councils (SCC).

The DDSB Parent Involvement Committee Regulation provides guidelines for how the PIC is governed.

Explore the Ontario Ministry of Education Parent Involvement Committee website for more information about the role of PICs. Read through the PIC factsheet and handbook for a detailed explanation of the purpose, membership and activities of PICs.

Current Opportunities available for 2021

Durham District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is calling for applications for two volunteer Parent/Guardian Representatives from all areas - Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, the North schools (Brock, Uxbridge Scugog). Expressions of interest for the role of Community Representative
from all areas will also be accepted.  View more details.

Joining the Parent Involvement Committee

The Parent Involvement Committee’s (PIC) primary role is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the board level to improve student achievement and well-being.  This purpose is achieved primarily by providing advice on parent engagement to the board, communicating with and supporting school community councils and undertaking activities to help parents support their children’s learning at home and at school.

The Parent Involvement Committee is comprised of parents/guardians, community representatives and staff representatives. This video shares the voices of our Parent Involvement Committee Members.

Each September, PIC vacancies are advertised through the DDSB website, school websites, school newsletters and School Community Councils (SCCs). If you would like to get involved with the PIC, watch for these advertisements.

New members are appointed prior to November 15th of each school year and before the first meeting. PIC members serve a two-year term.

View the following resources to learn more about PIC:


Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. All parents, guardians and community members are welcome to attend our PIC meetings as non-voting members.

Registration for PIC meetings is required. 

Upcoming meetings will be held on:

Committee members

The PIC includes two parent representatives from each geographical area of the board, the Superintendent of Education/Engagement – Parent and Community and a Board Trustee. A balance of elementary and secondary representation is desirable. The board may appoint additional members including community representatives, administrators and teachers.

Committee Chairs
  • Tiffany Shewood, Co-Chair, Parent Representative
  • Valerie Estridge, Co-Chair, Parent Representative
Parent Representatives
  • Jennifer McLaughlin, Elementary Parent Representative, Ajax
  • Patrick Symister, Secondary Parent Representative, Ajax
  • Patricia Clark (Crosbie), Elementary Parent Representative, Oshawa
  • Adriana Fajardo-Chadha, Secondary Parent Representative, Oshawa
  • Michelle Montgomery, Elementary Parent Representative, Pickering
  • Ted Foster, Secondary Parent Representative, Pickering
  • Simon Kariuki, Elementary Parent Representative, Whitby
  • Margaret Ogunkoya, Secondary Parent Representative, Whitby
  • TBD, Elementary Parent Representative, North
  • TBD, Secondary Parent Representative, North
Staff Representatives
  • Heather Mundy, Superintendent of Education/Family of Schools/Engagement – Parent and Community
  • Frank Samuels, Elementary Administrator Representative 
  • Marianne Rogers, Elementary Teacher Representative
  • Kavita Kanavalli, Secondary Administrator Representative
  • Sarah Khatab, Secondary Teacher Representative
  • Kim Brathwaite, Communications Officer
Board of Trustees
  • Scott Templeton, Trustee—Town of Whitby
  • Carolyn Morton (alternate), Trustee—Township of Scugog
Community Representatives
  • Rupal Patel 
  • Nigel Hunter
  • Mayline Brown

Read through past meeting minutes to stay informed:


To request archived minutes or agendas, please contact the PIC.

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