Approximately 40 parent council members gathered with Trustees and other LRSD representatives on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 for an evening of sharing, connecting and learning.
Members of the LRSD's Community Connections Committee hosted A Night of Sharing, which ran from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Louis Riel Board Office.
In preparation for the event, parents were asked to submit topics of interest. As a result of this feedback, parents discussed Island Lakes School busing and swimming in LRSD Curriculum at two break-out sessions.
Naomi Kruse is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils. She says she has attended three or four Community Connections Committee events in LRSD and always walks away impressed. "Not every division offers a community forum, especially like this one," she says. "It takes a lot of guts to let parents open up about what is really impacting them, and the willingness to provide the supports where [Trustees] are able to, and—if they can't—building the understanding as to why, and sometimes that leads to creative solutions."
Kruse also says the event facilitates parent networking. "Parents get a chance to meet each other. It makes them stronger as a parent community," she says.
The night also included updates and sharing from the Division, including technology improvements, the next RIEL-EVATE Foundation clothing drive and a screening of LRSD's Diversity video. It also included information on Administrative Guidelines for Parent Advisory Councils, and a brief presentation from the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils.
Louise Johnston is an LRSD Trustee and Chairs the Community Connections Committee. "The event was a success with great conversations," she says. "It was a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another as we continue to build strength and capacity in LRSD."
Members of the Community Connections Committee include Louise Johnston (Chair), Trustee Josie Landry and Trustee Tom Parker. The Committee was established in 2014 with a mandate to meets with parent councils, seniors, students, service groups, and other members of the community on an ongoing basis to seek feedback on the work of the Board. and to ensure the Board is accountable to, and reflects the viewpoints of the entire community, not just specific individuals, interest groups or geographic areas.
For more information about the Committee's work, view the Community Connections brochure