Parent Society

Parents/guardians can make a meaningful difference for Elbow Park students by participating on our school’s parent society. The Elbow Park Parent Society (“EPPS”) was formed approximately 10-years ago by a group of committed Elbow Park parents that wanted to raise funds for the benefit of our school.  Parent societies are a formal group of parents, incorporated under the Societies Act, for the purpose of raising funds for the school. A society is a separate legal entity from the school council and school administration. More information can be found in our CBE Administrative Regulation 5001 – School Councils and School/Parent Societies.

Our Parent Society is known as Elbow Park School Parent Society (EPPS).

Some of the activities undertaken by our Society include: fundraising; organizing of social activities for the children; donation of supplies, services and society expenses; coordination of charitable activities; special lunches; and more. These activities have a major impact on the success and enjoyment of the children at the school.

Examples of what our fundraising efforts have purchased are: 

  • Playground equipment upgrades
  • Providing financial assistance to James Short
  • Outdoor Boulder Classroom
  • Planting trees and shrubs to create our naturalization area
  • Class set of 25 iPads for student use
  • Core academic residencies/guest speakers including:
    • Trickster Theatre
    • Jeff Stockton oral storyteller and harpist
    • Author Visits
    • Mad Science
    • Curatolo Political Cartoons
    • Evergreen Theatre
  • Many residencies for Physical Education including: 
    • Foothills Nordic Skiing
    • Elev8 Lacrosse
    • Aussie Rules Football
    • Movement with a Message dance
    • Decidedly Jazz
    • Rocks & Rings curling
    • Sound Creations Hip Hop Dance
  • iXL Math and Language Arts online subscription
  • RAZkids reading

Our Priorities

Through formal and informal input and feedback from parents, EPPS has identified the following top-three priorities for funds raised through donations and charitable activities. In consultation with the acting Elbow Park Principal, these priorities guide how EPPS funds are spent annually:

  • Guest speakers & activities related to core subject enrichment (e.g. MadScience, Tyrell Museum virtual visit, author writing/speaking workshops)
  • Facility upgrades (e.g. picnic tables, outdoor rock circle classroom, playground equipment)
  • Physical Education residences (e.g.,lacrosse, curling, x-country skiing, etc)


Our Members (as of Sept, 2023)  

Chair: Michael Martin

Treasurer: Navaz Cassam

Director: Nathan Minovitch

Director: Carol Kearl

Director: Christian Darbyshire

Director: Amy Norman

Director: Risa Desa

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