Handsworth Parent Advisory Council

Welcome to the HPAC website.

As a community of parents, the HPAC works with school administrators and staff to support student success.


This site provides parents with news about HPAC activities and events, connects you with information and resources you need, and identifies opportunities where you can make a difference to the school.

Welcome Handsworth Parents!


The Handsworth Parent Advisory Council (HPAC) would like to extend a warm welcome to returning and new students, staff and parents.


We’re looking forward to meeting you and sharing an exciting year of learning together. 

Please join us in the school library for our first meeting of the year on Monday, September 17th,  2018 at 7pm. This evening will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and to connect with key members of the Handsworth Community.


Our guests will include Principal Rupi Samra-Gynane, who will talk about new school initiatives, including the school replacement project and this year’s theme “Building Connections.

We are also pleased to host our School Nurse Laura Battison who will talk about her role, as well as the Grade 9 vaccination program. Youth Outreach Workers from Capilano Community Services Society will also be on hand to talk about their lunch-time activities for students at Handsworth and additional resources.  


HPAC supports the school’s vision statement “to develop empowered, innovative and compassionate learners who serve and lead with curiosity and integrity."

We strive to provide parents and guardians with useful and interesting presentations throughout the year and to enrich the artistic, athletic and leadership opportunities available for students.


Attending our meetings is a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening at the school. Please see a complete list of meeting dates below.

We are also looking to fill the positions of Secretary, DPAC and Communications. Contact HPAC Chair Janet Carswell at janetcarswell@shaw.ca if you’re interested. 

We also encourage you to check the school website daily for updates and announcements @https://www.sd44.ca/school/handsworth/About/thisweekathandsworthsec/Pages/default.aspx.


Wishing your families a safe and successful school year.




HPAC Executive


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HPAC Meeting Dates 2018-19:

September 17, 2018

October 15, 2018

November 19, 2018 – Budget

December – no meeting

January 21, 2019

February 25, 2019

March – no meeting

April 15, 2019

May 13, 2019 – AGM

June 2019 – no meeting



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For information on the school replacement project please click on the link


The Foundry  www.foundrybc.ca

  • part of a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres for young people ages 12-24.
  • provides a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance abuse services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.
  • goal is to reach young people earlier before health challenges become problematic and to get them the services they need
  • Contact info: foundrybc.ca and located at 211 W. 1st Street North Vancouver

Capilano Community Services Society www.capservices.ca

  • Youth outreach workers at Handsworth four afternoons a week: DJ Hunt, Tristan Cyprien and Kelsey Pagley.
  • Fridays they have separate girls and boys clubs in rooms 231/233 - everyone is welcome and they provide free pizza at one meeting a month
  • Offer one to one support for youth and can assist with issues such as trouble with school, anger management, sexual health information, drug and alcohol support, self-esteem and family and peer relationship difficulties

School Nurse Laura Battison laura.battison@vch.ca

  • Vancouver Coastal Health nurse assigned to Handsworth
  • Able to provide support, education and referral in healthy living, sexual health, mental health, anxiety and disordered eating, also contact for immunization info.
  • Grade 9 Immunizations

Handsworth School Counsellors/Administrators

Grade 8 – Stacey Schwegler, Justin Wong

Grade 9/International – Dave Craik, Rupi Samra-Gynane

Grade 10/International  –  Dana Millar, Mark Barrett

Grade 11 – Trina Infanta, Justin Wong

Grade 12 – David Lavallee, Mark Barrett

Choices – Trina Infanta

Ways to support student success at Handworth

1. Come to a HPAC meeting or event  Connect with other Handsworth parents, catch up on what’s going on at the school, and provide your input and ideas on how parents can support student success at Handsworth.

2. Volunteer  Help out with an HPAC initiative or event. Any contribution of your time or talents is valued. Contact us for more information.


3. Donate  HERE  Contribute to educational resources to enhance student learning. Dollars from our Provincial gaming funds budget and fundraising efforts stretch only so far to meet  student needs. All donations in excess of $25 will be issued a tax receipt. 

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