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

2022-2023 School Council & Friends of Parkland Way Meeting Dates

These meetings will be held virtually until further notice, from 6:30-8pm.  Please email powcouncil@gmail.com for meeting invites!  All are welcome.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022
  • Thursday, Oct. 13,  2022
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022
  • December - no meeting 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023
  •  March - No Meeting 
  •  Wednesday, April 12, 2023 
  •  AGM - Thursday, May 11, 2023 
  •  Tuesday, June 13, 2023

The Prince of Wales School Council Association

The P.O.W. Party Givers, Communicators and Cheerleaders

The Prince of Wales School Council is the structure where the school community discusses and supports school activities. The agenda for meetings is developed by the Council Executive and School Administration with input from sub-committees. Council sponsors social and family events throughout the year (i.e., Halloween Family Dance, Family Picnics, Staff Appreciation, etc.) and works with the staff to co-sponsor other events (i.e., Terry Fox, Sports Day, Book Fair,  Safety & Wellness committee, etc.). Council also sponsors Fun Lunches, guest speakers of interest to parents and other social or educational events. Other duties that fall under council’s role include the organization of school volunteers, communication to the school community about events and Calgary Board of Education priorities, and the cultivation of school culture and spirit. Council welcomes and encourages all parents to attend some or all of the council meetings. These meetings are informative and are a great way to participate in school priorities and to meet other parents. Please plan to attend the first meeting of the year as we need many volunteers and voices to come together and support this wonderful school. Minutes of the meetings are posted on the website. Copies of the minutes are also posted on the Parent Bulletin Board in the main hallway. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Council Chair Jayne Benham at powcouncil@gmail.com

2022-2023 Executive & Committee Leadership 

School Council Executive Membership

Chair: Jayne Benham
First Vice Chair: Melissa Holloway 
Second Vice Chair: Christy Berscht 
Co-Treasurers: Laura Briggs & Jen Pedersen 
Secretary: Rebecca Gillhespy 
Key Communicator: Jennifer Zeleke

Standing Committees

Volunteer Coordinator: Leah Kirk
Book Fair Chair: Anna Klippert
Fun Lunch Chair: Jo-Lynne Straathof 
Grade 4 Committee: Vacant
Grade 6 Year End Celebration: Laura Briggs & Jayne Benham 
Parent Programs and Social Events Coordinators: Danielle Bilodeau & Teena Feuchuk 
Safety & Wellness Committee: Jennifer Zeleke & Jill Vaters 
Staff Appreciation Chair: Jayne Benham

Contact the School Council

Email: powcouncil@gmail.com

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