Louis Riel School Division trustee report
Tom Parker is a Ward 4 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.
Recent articles of Tom Parker
Regular programming resumes in LRSD2 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 11, 2022
In the Louis Riel School Division, we are finally seeing a resurgence of regular programming, including in music and band.
As a result, many schools have arranged to have spring concerts and musicals. For example, Windsor Park Collegiate is presenting Mamma Mia! from May 10 to 12 and Nelson McIntyre Collegiate will present High School Musical on May 26 and 27. More information about what is happening in schools throughout LRSD is available on each of our school’s websites and their social media channels.
We also highlight what is happening in our schools at each of the public meetings of the LRSD board of trustees. Members of the public can attend these meetings virtually through Zoom.
Recent focuses of these meetings have included the proposed reconfigurations of schools and the ongoing work in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and Indigenous education.
LRSD PACs helped us stop Bill 643 minute read Preview Monday, Sep. 27, 2021
Last year, I highlighted the time, effort, and support that parent advisory council (PAC) groups gave to enhance educational experiences within their community. This September, I would like to recognize their efforts in bringing support to keep parents/guardians informed about Bill 64.
Many PAC groups held virtual meetings with their communities to explain the ramifications of Bill 64. They contacted the Louis Riel School Division board of trustees for assistance, and Sandy Nemeth and Pamela Kolochuk were presenters at most events.
Louise Johnston, as chair of the board, worked with LRSD superintendent Christian Michalik and the division’s senior leadership team to organize a large virtual meeting with presentations that included parent voices, several Grade 9 students from Windsor Park Collegiate, and special guest Dr. John Wiens, who was able to bring his valuable knowledge as a principal, superintendent, and as a former dean of education at the University of Manitoba.
These events combined to create a community that understood the negative aspects of Bill 64. The steady flow of information passed on by the division, your PAC groups, and many individuals who used social media to spread their concerns about the bill eventually became a community effort to stop Bill 64.
Thank you to the PAC-men and women3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021
Parent advisory councils (PAC) have proven that they can bring many positive contributions to their local schools and communities.
They have assisted their schools by fundraising for many special projects such as playground equipment and outdoor learning centres. They’ve also raised funds for environmental upgrades such as native prairie grasses and trees, school/community events, and school information signs. Some of the money used has supported upgrades to school libraries, technical items, and other student learning supports.
PAC members are volunteers who are interested in their children’s education, but we all benefit from their hard work and passion that adds to the educational experience for all children. Parents with children in elementary schools tend to move on when their children change schools. Therefore, schools are always in need of new volunteers.
Please consider volunteering your time to assist in your child’s school. You will find it a positive experience. One of the important tasks of PACs is talking with their schools’ leadership groups and providing parental perspective. PACs also keep parents informed of divisional events and issues.