Community

WELCOME TO THE EDMONDS COMMUNITY!

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Community Schools are regular schools with a special belief in, and emphasis on, the value of community involvement. They are one model of a Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

A Community School is open to everyone in the neighbourhood. It’s a neighbourhood hub where people can go to make new friends, develop and grow. It’s a place where children, students, staff, families, residents, agencies and local businesses come together to build a strong and caring community.

Each Community School is supported by a Community Council with broad local representation. The Council promotes the exchange of ideas, identifies local needs, and participates in solving issues of local concern. Each school also has a coordinator who facilitates and matches needs to available resources to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Burnaby’s Community Schools are an integral part of the public education system. They are operated by the Burnaby Board of Education in partnership with the City of Burnaby, the Ministry of Education and local community residents.

A Community School has unique programming designed to meet the specific educational, recreational and social needs of the neighbourhood it serves.

Community Schools offer:

  • early learning programs for families (StrongStart Early Learning Centres, Preschools & child care)
  • coordination of agency services for children and families
  • youth activities and leadership training
  • adult continuing education classes
  • support for new immigrant families
  • summer programs for all ages
  • celebrations, events and projects to connect the community
  • volunteer opportunities

A Community School:

  • opens the school as a centre for community participation and services
  • maximizes the use of local public school facilities and develops the school as a community resource
  • develops, integrates and coordinates programs and services
  • fosters communication between school and community
  • enriches learning through formal and informal activities
  • empowers residents to address community concerns
  • creates a sense of community

COMMUNITY ROOM

The Edmonds Community Room is a place for parents, families and community members to meet and interact. Free coffee and tea, computer use, internet access and printing are available for parents during regular school hours. Toys, books and a small play area are also available for small children.

The Community Room is also home to a variety of community services. Friday morning food distribution, an emergency food cupboard and school supplies for newcomers are all available for families in need. A clothing and household items exchange is also run by the Community Office in an adjacent storage area. This exchange room is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. There is no charge for any item. If you have clean clothing or gently used household items to donate, please talk to the coordinator or office assistant before dropping them off.

STRONGSTART

The StrongStart Centre, for children from 0-5 years along with their caregivers, is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 103. This is a drop-in program and is provided at no cost to families.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

About

The Community Council oversees all of the work from committees and groups attached to the Edmonds community. At Council meetings, parents and community representatives voice their opinions about issues that affect the Edmonds Community. All are welcome!

Council Executive

Chair: Pam Venkataya

Vice Chair: Maria Gunner

Treasurer: Rogio Aguirre

Secretary: Lorrie Forseth

 

Council Meetings  

The Edmonds Community Council meets after each month’s Celebration of Learning assembly at 3:00pm in the school library, except for the November meeting which will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.. All parents and community members are welcome to attend. Meetings for the 2016 school year are planned for October 26 , November 30, January 25, February 22, March 29, and April 26. The Annual General Meeting will be held May 31.
2016 – 2017 Burnaby DPAC Meetings & Schedule

 

The Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is the recognized voice of parents at the District level and is made up of representatives from each PAC and Community Council in the Burnaby School District. DPAC meetings are held on the last Monday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

Monday, September 19, 2016                        Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016                             Monday, April 3, 2017 *

Monday, November 21, 2016                         Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES & RESOURCES

The following are a list of services and resources that families may be interested in (further information can be obtained in the Community Room office):

Metrotown Rotary Coats for Kids

Burnaby Christmas Bureau & Burnaby Camping Bureau

Healthy Kids Program (covers dental care and prescription eye wear for children)

KidSport Burnaby Application

Canadian Tire Jumpstart: How to Apply

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services forms: Recreation Credit and Grade 5 Be Active.

Food Bank: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Southside Community Church (see How to Access Food)

Helping Families in Need Society (furniture and household goods):Referral Form (2014)

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you need specific information about any of our programs or services, or have general questions, please call, email or drop by the community room. We would love to meet you!

John Nanson (604-833-4190)

Community School Coordinator

Luci Baja (604-257-4457)

Community Office Support