One of the most important ways parents/guardians and community members can make a meaningful difference for students is by participating on the school council. Under the Education Act, a school council is a collective association designed to advise the principal and the CBE Board of Trustees on matters related to the school. School councils have legislated advisory and decision-making authority. They are different from Parent Societies & Associations, whose main function is to raise funds for the school.​​ You can find more details in the CBE School Council Handbook​.​

School Council

Warrior Parents/Guardians are Invited to Join School Council for 2022-23!

Are you looking for a new opportunity to be involved in the community?  The School Council and Parent & Alumni Association for Henry Wise Wood are seeking parents/guardians who want to serve for the 2022-23 school year.  Several present members have children who are graduating this June, so there will be an even greater need for new volunteers to bring their enthusiasm and ideas to the school community next fall.

School Council and the Parent & Alumni Association meet on the fourth Monday evening of most months of the school year at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone in the school community is invited to participate in the meetings.  The School Council and HWPAA is headed by the Principal, Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Key Communicator, and Representatives of the Teaching Staff and Students.  The HWPAA is the fundraising body, and the vast majority of the funds that support our students and programs are generated by a casino held every two years.  Our next casino will be held in November, 2022, and a Casino Chair is required to keep our casino date.

Serving on School Council is a great way to meet the members of our school community, and to encourage and advocate for the important work that they are undertaking.  Contact us at to get started!

For 2022-23, the following positions are open:

School Council Chair – The school council chair needs to be a parent of a student in the school. The chair actively encourages others to become involved in meaningful ways and organizes both programs and people.

School Council Vice-Chair – This role may be shared with the chair through the creation of co-chairing positions. The vice-chair assists the chair and prepares to become the school council chair in the future. Some typical duties include: 

  • Chairing meetings in the absence of the school council chair
  • Helping to prepare for school council meetings
  • Preparing to assume role of chair in the future.

Casino Chair

  • Completes Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis forms once Casino date is given (before deadline).
  • Coordinate with Casino advisor as date approaches.
  • Inform families of upcoming Casino; send home information letter.
  • Coordinate volunteers, alongside volunteer coordinator, to fill required shifts.
  • Attend first Casino shift and/or support Casino Advisor throughout duration of Casino.
  • After Casino, email or fax casino venue with preferred location form.
  • Maintains casino binder with pertinent information. 

The School Council is made up of interested parents/guardians as well as the school Principal and an Assistant Principal or other designated staff. The School Council is primarily an information sharing, communication and advisory vehicle for parents, school administrators, teachers and student council.

Why is School Council important? 

Through participation on School Council, parents and teachers share cutting edge ideas and key information. Through comprehensive updates from Administration, parents are kept informed on everything from interesting upcoming events and key dates as well as ongoing initiatives, educational and program goals and outcomes, curriculum assessments and updates, facility and other budget reporting, and knowledge of the other supports for the learning success of all students. 

Moreover, at School Council meetings, learning leaders, program quarterbacks and administration seek the input of parents and other key stakeholders through presentations and Q and A sessions. Finally, through fundraising initiatives, such as our Casino, Bottle Drive and Cheque Writing Campaign, School Council is able to raise funds and allocate support for initiatives from Fuel Your Brain to purchasing new technology/equipment and furnishings for our new courtyard space.

So consider attending our last meeting of the year….and perhaps think about joining our small but dedicated cadre of enthusiastic parents next year at one (or more!) of our monthly meetings! Indeed, the rewards of being a part of School Council are immediately realized by parents who attend, and ultimately, a strong School Council benefits all our students.

Meeting Dates/Schedule

The Henry Wise Wood School Council meets on the second Monday evening of every month unless otherwise advertised. Meetings start at 6:30 PM and are held in the Staff Room.

See our Calendar page for dates and times.

Our 2021-22 Members

Chair:   Shariff Khader

Vice Chair:  Hatem Hammad

Treasurer:  Sonia Marshall

Vice Treasurer:  Ana Maria Gavriliuc

Secretary:  Kersi Bird

COSC:  Cinnamon Burrell & Kerry Urban 

Community Representative:  vacant

ASCA Representative:   vacant

Volunteer Coordinators (for Cobbs Bread Donation Coordinators):   vacant

Contact the School Council


Additional Resources

School Council Bylaws | 2013

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