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.

Joining the Parent Involvement Committee

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

Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the DDSB Education Centre located in Whitby at 400 Taunton Rd E. 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:

  • October 16, 2019
  • November 26, 2019
  • February 11, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
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
  • Co-Chair, Parent Representative (TBD)
Parent Representatives
  • Jennifer McLaughlin, Elementary Parent Representative, Ajax
  • Valrie Estridge, 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
  • Robyn Skube, Elementary Parent Representative, North
Staff Representatives
  • Heather Mundy, Superintendent of Education/Family of Schools/Engagement – Parent and Community
  • Michael Bowman, Administrative Officer
  • Stephanie Spencer, Elementary Administrator Representative 
  • Derek Mereweather, Elementary Teacher Representative
  • Kavita Kanavalli, Secondary Administrator Representative
  • Sarah Khatab, Secondary Teacher Representative
Board of Trustees
  • Scott Templeton, Trustee—Town of Whitby

Donna Edwards (alternate), Trustee—Town of Ajax

Community Representatives
  • Rupal Patel 
  • Nigel Hunter
  • Fatima Seedat
2019-2020 Agendas

To request archived agendas, please contact PIC.

Minutes

Read through past meeting minutes to stay informed:

2019-2020
 2018-2019
 2017-2018
 
2016-2017 
 2015-2016

To request archived minutes, please contact PIC.

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