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!

We had a fantastic turnout of about 50 parents to our first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! Many thanks to our school nurse Laura Battison and the Capilano Community Services Youth Outreach Workers for coming out to speak at our 1st HPAC meeting of the school year! The school nurse has lunch time office hours at Handsworth every Tuesday. The Youth Outreach workers have office hours 12 to 2 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Handsworth Principal Rupi-Samra Gynane was on hand to talk about some of the new initiatives. This year the theme we will be focusing on at Handsworth is "Building Connections" which is about relationships, including relationships between people, places, spaces and curriculum. She also answered questions and gave us updates on the timeline for the Handsworth Secondary Replacement Project. 

We urge all families to consider donating to the Handsworth 21st Century Classroom Furniture Fundraiser. If you would like to contribute online go to: https://sd44.schoolcashonline.com. 

Please join us at our next HPAC meeting on Monday, October 15 in the Learning Commons and learn more about student council and school clubs at the school. We look forward to seeing you there! 

We are gathering feedback from parents about the types of programming you are interested in for the upcoming year. Please complete the survey available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ HPAC2018Program You can also subscribe to updates from HPAC using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ HPACSubscribe Follow us on twitter @handsworthpac.

Next HPAC meeting is Monday Oct 15th 2018 in the Library Learning Commons@7:00PM

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HPAC Meeting Dates 2018-19 @7:00 PM Library Learning Commons:

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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