What is a PAC? 

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What is MPCS PAC? 

The Myrtle Philip Community School Parent Advisory Council (MPCS PAC) is made up of parent volunteers who oversee a wide variety of programs, fundraising initiatives and advocacy to help support our students, teachers and the administration of our school which serves 330 students from kindergarten to grade seven. The purpose of the PAC is to support, encourage and improve the quality of education and the well being of MPCS’s students to support the school’s mission “to ensure academic excellence by building a community of engaged learners”.


We work to:

  • Advise the principal and staff on parents’ views on any matter relating to the school, including its programs, policies, plans and activities

  • Communicate with parents to promote cooperation between home and school in providing for the education of children

  • Support the teachers at the school in their work in the classroom

  • Assist parents to gain access to the educational system

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the school by promoting the involvement of parents and other community members.

MPCS PAC Bylaws can be viewed here.


What are some of the PAC initiatives? 

MPCS PAC oversees a variety of activities and committees for the purpose of fundraising and the cultural and educational enrichment of our students. We believe that by involving and informing parents, we will have a more supportive and effective school environment for our children. It is up to us to work together as a community to ensure our children have the best possible school experience. Each year we need to raise funds for our school, and we need your support!

Programs and Fundraising


Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our volunteer parents, in the school year of 2018/19, the Myrtle Philip PAC had revenues of approximately $104,505 and expenses of $76,875, which netted $27,630 as per our June 2020 statements. We invested over $33,000 directly back into our school and programs for our students. 


We are going into 2019-2020 with approximately $24,500 in reserve funds, which we have budgeted to spend to support our students and school!  


Here’s a summary of how the money was raised and what programs we supported in 2018-2019:


Net Fundraising: $42,919

  • Hot Lunch Program – approx. $17,000

  • Teacher File Supplies - $1,869.67

  • Welcome Back BBQ - $1,171.64

  • Movie Nights - $1,387.88

  • Holiday Art Cards – $1,406.00

  • Easter Egg Hunt Event - $8,492.19

  • May Day - $1,723.80

  • Various Grants:

    • Gaming Grant - $7,872.00

    • Real Estate Association of Whistler - $1,800 Outdoor Learning Centre benches

    • SD48 Annual Donation - $150


In addition, we thank our sponsors who have graciously supported the following initiatives:

  • Nesters Market – Welcome Back BBQ 

  • The Grocery Store - Harvest Soup Festival and Easter Egg Hunt

  • Coast Mountain Photography - May Day Photo Booth

  • Village 8 Cinemas for the popcorn donations for our movie nights


Key Accomplishments

  • Provided classroom funds of $1,000 per 15 divisions (classroom) - $15,000

  • Funded field trips for all classrooms for a total of $6,500

  • PAC funds purchased 40 new guitars and two racks for Ms. Edwards music programs. These instruments will enable students to learn and play together.

  • Supported and funded the OPT Sexual Health Workshops for all students 

  • Supported two Whistler Secondary Grads and MPCS Alumni with the MPCS PAC scholarship of $500 each

  • Completed the MPCS PAC 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

  • Welcome Back BBQ – biggest turnout to date

  • Supported and funded Soccer programming for all students

  • The Garden Project supported classroom vegetable gardens and the third annual MPCS Harvest Soup festival.

  • The Outdoor Classroom Project was completed with 6 new benches installed. 

  • Held our second annual May Day celebration to gather our school community together.

  • Maintained the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee strategies to address concerns for our students safety

  • Advocated for a middle school for Whistler

  • Fun Day - The students end the year on a high note!


LOOKING FORWARD to 2020-2021 and beyond


For the 2020-2021 school year, our PAC will be focusing on continuing to work with our school administration and teachers to support the best interests of our parents and students. Specifically, this includes implementing our five strategic actions as outlined in our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan as follows:

  • Engagement, Communication and Advocacy

  • Building Community through our events and programs

  • Fundraising through our events, programs and grants as well as charitable giving

  • Enhancing and Extending Programming, Learning and Development

  • Capital Investments


Major Fundraising initiatives to include:

  • Hot Lunch Program

  • Movie Nights - CANCELLED

  • Holiday Art Cards / books (November)

  • Easter Egg Hunt (April 11) - TBD

  • May Day - TBD

  • Grant writing


2020-2021 Community building initiatives to include:

  • First Day Café

  • Welcome Back BBQ 

  • Harvest Lunch (October) - In classroom 

  • Movie Nights - Cancelled

  • Trinkets & Treasures (December)

  • May Day (May)

  • Teacher Appreciation Lunch

  • Fun Day (June)

  • WSS Scholarships