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Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils of Saanich

The district parent advisory council of sd#63 Saanich

2125 Keating X Road, Saanichton, B.C. V8M 2A5



http://copacs.sd63.bc.ca
General Meeting Minutes

December 3, 2009 – 6:30 pm


District Resource Centre

6843 Central Saanich Road


Victoria BC V8Z 5V4

Attendees:  

COPACS Executive:  Barb Lund, Joyce Wautier, Beth Sangara, Catherine Demarchi

 PAC Delegates and other PAC Executives: (5 /9 – quorum)

-       Keating – Marnie Wilson

-       Lochside – Shannon Husk, Angie Zemanek

-       Royal Oak – Beth Sangara

-       Claremont - Mary-Anne Neal

-       Stelly’s –Jacqueline Peacock 

Board of Education Trustees:  - regrets from all Trustees 

Board Office:  - regrets from Superintendent 

Saanich Teacher’s Association:  regrets from Sean Hayes

Peninsula X-Roads Restorative Practices group – School Coordinator – Pat Macgregor

Approval of Agenda for December 3, 2009 and Minutes from Nov. 5, 2009

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

Stopping the Cycle: The Role of Parents and Adults in preventing abuse and violence against children”


Presented by: facilitators from the Mary Manning Centre (counseling centre for sexually abused children funded by the Ministry of Children and Families)

Program was developed for students at Middle School.


We enjoyed a wonderful eye opening presentation by Katie Domries, Child, Youth and Family Therapist and Chantelle Whitty, Child and Family Therapist Intern from the Mary Manning Centre. The interactive presentation was designed for kids 9 to 14 years of age in middle school.

(See attached handout describing presentation) www.marymanning.com


Topics for discussion:
A. Advocacy support for parents and their children – actions to avoid

- Heads up on posting personal information about your or someone else’s children and families on certain blogs such as KIV (‘Kids in Victoria’ hosted by Island Parent Magazine). You may think you are helping but it can actually cause more lasting harm to the reputation of the child and families. Remember that whatever you put on these blogs remains in the public domain for the lifetime of the child and may cause more harm in later years.


B. Parent Involvement Night ‘discussion results’ – what now?

- It was a successful night with some recommendations for next time. Perhaps table facilitators and more evenly mixed table groupings. Main goal was to change/widen views through conversations.

- Keven and Leigh Glancie will be putting together all the information received from that night for PACS and other partner groups to assess and make further recommendations for a more user friendly complaint process.

- want to look at the big picture, and ways of saving money using a more restorative practices approach. To be continued…

C. Draft COPACS ConstitutionNotice of Motion
Notice of Motion: At the February 4, 2010 COPACS General Meeting the following motion will be moved: “That the revisions to the present COPACS Constitution and Bylaws be approved”.
D. COPACS Budget for 2009/10 and Budget Advisory Committee for 2010/11
- COPACS Budget handed out to all attendees and then discussed with the possibility of handing some money back to the Board to help with SD63 Budget pressures. The COPACS membership would like to know what the returned funds will be used for. A request was also made that a letter be written to the Secretary-Treasurer requesting that future funds allocated by the Board, for use by COPACS for parent involvement, be deposited into a COPACS bank account instead of held by the District.
E. Other items
Early Years Conference
Motion: COPACS will sponsor two parents registration fee to attend ‘The Early Years Conference: the Rights of the Child’, February 4th to 6th, 2010. Passed

- Parents should email Beth Sangara by Dec. 11, 2009 if they are interested in attending and what days they would like to attend.

- A brief written report for your own PAC and COPACS is expected for these meetings following the conference.
BCSSA Conference Fall Conference 2009

A thank you was received from Mary-Anne Neal to COPACS for enabling her to attend a great Conference.

Barb Lund also attended and will email the ppt presentation”Transformative Innovation: the 21st Century Imperative” from the Keynote speaker Valerie Hannon. This is a must view. See attachment.



Southern Vancouver Island Parent Conference - not happening this year
Meeting Adjourned 9:35 pm
Next COPACS Meeting

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010

6:30 pm to 9 pm at the DRC

Stopping the Cycle: The Role of Parents and Adults in preventing abuse and violence against children”



Dec. 3, 2009
Presented by: facilitators from the Mary Manning Centre (counseling centre for sexually abused children funded by the Ministry of Children and Families)

Program was developed for students at Middle School.


We enjoyed a wonderful eye opening presentation by Katie Domries, Child, Youth and Family Therapist and Chantelle Whitty, Child and Family Therapist Intern from the Mary Manning Centre. The interactive presentation was designed for kids 9 to 14 years of age in middle school.
What is Sexual Abuse in children?
…when a child under 16 years of age is used for sexual gratification
STATS: (as per the power point presentation)


  • A child 12 years of age and under cannot be ‘charged’ with sexual abuse.




  • Most sexual abuse happens in the family or by a known person.




  • 1 in 5 youth is sexually solicited online.




  • 79% of teens give too much info about themselves online.




  • 64% of teens don’t tell their parents what they do online.


  • 89% of youth who are abused online are solicited through chat rooms and IM (instant messenger – such as MSN) conversations.





  • ½ of victims of online sexual soliciting are under the age of 12.




  • More than 100,000 websites offer child pornography.




  • 37% of people who make child porn are family or friends.




  • Youth Sex Trade Prostitution…

    • Trading sexual acts for:




  • 1 million youth worldwide are pulled into the sex trade yearly.




  • Sexually exploited youth face…

    • Homelessness, past abuse, drug use




  • Belief #1

    • Pedophiles only target little kids

      • The whole story… Most victims are between the ages of 13 – 15.




  • Belief #2

    • Pedophiles lie about their age and motives

      • The whole story… Pedophiles rarely lie about their age or sexual intentions (they pry on children with low self esteem)




  • Belief #3

    • Pedophiles trick youth into sharing personal information

      • The whole story…. Youth choose to share too much info online.




  • Belief #4

    • Pedophiles stalk and forcibly abduct victims

      • The whole story…. Pedophiles usually plan a meeting with victims for a sexual encounter.




  • 1 in 4 girls (in North America) will be sexually assaulted before turning 19 (peak between 12-14 years of age)




  • 1 in 10 boys will be sexually assaulted before turning 19 (peak between 3 – 6 years of age)




  • 2 out of 3 youth don’t tell anyone about their abuse during childhood.




  • 90% of all sexual offences are never reported.




  • Sexual abuse victims almost always know the offender (coach, relative, spiritual leader...)




  • 3 in 10 youth never tell anyone about their abuse




  • 75% of abused youth tell someone about their abuse by accident (diary, overhearing conversation…)

5 videos during the power point acted out specific situations by students for the students.


Poster displayed “BREAK THE SILENCE!”
Some effects of sexual abuse…. addictions, depression, poor health, social problems, low self esteem, troubled relationships (symptoms can take up to a year to show) - the quicker the help happens the quicker the repair.
What can you do… (for student)

  1. Say NO

  2. GO to a safe place ASAP!

  3. Talk to someone you trust.

  4. Remember YOU HAVE RIGHTS!!

Support your friends…


Tell someone:

Counselor, teacher, parent, adult…



Keep telling your story until someone really listens and takes you seriously.


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