Deer Lake School

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PAC Parent Advisory Council
Every parent of a Deer Lake School student is automatically a member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Being a part of PAC allows parents an opportunity to get to know one another, and to contribute to school life in a positive way. Parents have traditionally supported the school hot lunch program (hot meals offered every day) as well as volunteering as classroom reps, event coordinators, sport coaches and fundraisers.

If you would like to be more involved in the DLS PAC, please send an email to or speak to any of the PAC leaders listed below. PAC meets the second Tuesday of every month, in the DLS Humanities Room.

2016-2017 PAC Leadership Team
President Faith Barrett
Communications Mahendran Maliapen & Jon Barrett
Events Faith Barrett & Josie Baquian
Fundraising Tara Emmons & Jo Sian
Treasurer Winsome Bernard
U P C O M I N G   P A C   E V E N T S
PAC Calendar of Activities

Raising Children in a Digital World
The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far-reaching consequences for our children. What are the implications for raising children?  How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of being overly attached to technology? How do we prepare our children to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place?
As parents we need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of overuse of technology.
During this workshop we will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is the author of the best selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, and is the Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center.  She is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom. She also provides counselling services to parents and professionals to make sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids – from babies to teens.
Deborah travels nationally and internationally, speaking to child and adolescent development issues to groups including the United Nations and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. She regularly speaks to parents, educators, child care professionals, social workers, foster and adopt communities, and health care professionals, sharing her insight and passion for making sense of kids.
Deborah completed a two-year post doctoral internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, is an award winning researcher, and has over 20 years of experience working with leading institutions such as UBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Vancouver School Board. Deborah regularly appears on radio and TV, her articles appear in parenting magazines, websites, and newsletters across Canada and internationally including Australia’s “Nurture-Natural Parenting Magazine” where she is a regular contributor. She resides in Vancouver with her family and consciously works at creating an attachment village for her children to grow up in.   More details about Dr. MacNamara at