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Updates from our PAC
by Sara Salemink - Thursday, 4 November 2021, 10:01 AM

Hello Brentwood Eagle Families,

Please see the below updates from our PAC

Back by popular demand!  

The Confederation of Parents' Advisory Councils of Saanich (COPACS) and the PACs of School District 63 (SD63) are pleased to offer SD63 parents/guardians a series of workshops hosted by local parenting educator and counsellor, Dr. Allison Rees.  

Parenting can be a hard job and Dr. Rees has been offering life-changing skills and knowledge to Victoria families since 1991. 

Last year's COPACS-sponsored workshop with Dr. Rees was a big success!  54 families from across the district attended and 78% found the session very helpful and 90% said that they would definitely attend a future session. Well here's your chance!

Sessions are free, scheduled throughout the school year over MS Teams and are helpful for parents/guardians of kids of all ages. 

Please register for each session individually by emailing  

About the Sessions

1. Who Are You Parenting?  - Thurs, Nov 18 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Understanding developmental stages and temperament that many folks don’t understand.

In this workshop, we focus on individual differences in temperament, the master blueprint of all people. Once you understand this material along with the developmental stages, you will probably view your child differently for the rest of your life.

2. Sidestepping the Power Struggle  - Mon, Jan 17 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Taking the guesswork out of many parenting concerns. 

In this workshop we focus on practical solutions to questions like "Do consequences work, if so when and how?", "How do we get kids to take responsibility?",  "How do we get out of the negative relationship patterns like nagging and power struggles?" Great information for parents with children of any age.

3. Effective Communication Skills for Everyone Tues, Feb 22 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Effective communication is a game changer. 

In this workshop you will learn about helping children to deal with their feelings and help your child attain a positive self image. You can also gain cooperation in your family without nagging and the knowledge and tools are for communicating with adults too! 

4. Boundaries – Hidden Patterns, Building Resilience and Boundaries - Thrus, April 28 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Maintaining healthy boundaries and relationships

It’s important not only to respect  children’s boundaries, it’s also essential to set our own firm boundaries for our children. In this workshop we will talk about those invisible lines around responsibility and relationships. When parents gain clarity of boundaries, the guesswork is taken out of parenting and setting limits.

About Dr. Allison Rees 

Dr. Allison Rees has been teaching LIFE Seminars courses since 1991. Tens of thousands of parents and professionals have attended these popular courses in Victoria. Allison is the trusted voice of parent education.

She has co-authored two books, Sidestepping the Power Struggle and The Parent-Child Connection, and has written countless articles for various magazines. Allison has been featured as the expert on various television programs and was the co-host of the Island Parent Radio Show for twelve years.

Parent Educator and Counsellor Dr. Allison Rees | LIFE Seminars

A Webinar is being held regarding the findings from a recent study into school meal services in the Capital Region (study attached). PAC members, parents etc. are invited to attend. See the details below. 

Wednesday, November 17 - 3:30-4:30.

Join us for engaging conversations around the possibilities for creating healthier school food environments across the CRD!

About this event

Healthy school food environments are vital. Youth and Children consume ⅓ of their daily food at school everyday. The School Food Shift collaborative, an initiative of leading food organizations and health professionals in the Capital Region, has completed a study of food environments and food services in our region’s schools. 

This study sought to understand:

  1. What strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats exist in the current school food landscape? 
  2. What knowledge about this existing landscape might support the development of a regional approach to developing universal school meal programs in the Capital Region? 
  3. How did school districts manage to prioritize food during the Covid pandemic and how did they reach out to (and collaborate with) the community to support that? Can this be replicated and/or scaled up?

Through interviews with 27 champions of school food programming, and additional data from conversations with 12 school administrators - the report provides insights into: 

  • The existing need for food service in schools in our region;
  • Promising practices from the region and across Canada;
  • The diversity of food services provided in schools, currently;
  • Opportunities and challenges related to communicating about and developing school food programs;
  • Systems for supporting change, from local to National;
  • Impacts and lessons learned through the pandemic.

Join author Matthew Kemshaw and the School Food Shift Collaborative on November 17th at 3:30PM for an engaging conversation exploring the findings and opportunities of the “Healthy School Food Environments” 2021 report (attached) and engage in dialogue around the possibilities of creating healthier school food environments across the Capital Regional District. 

The School Food Shift Collaborative is a group of organizations leading efforts at the community level in partnership with school, health and food production sectors to improve school food environments. School Food Shift is supported by the Good Food Network.

Thank you,

Liz Keating