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 Ramsay School Council Executive: 

Chair Sarah Dymytryshyn 

 Co-Chair Brelyn Shannon 

 Secretary Carol Engstrom 

 Member-At-Large Anna Vouladakis 

 Past Chair Vanessa Porteous

Message from your School Council

Ramsay School Council supports the learning and well-being of Ramsay students; advises the Principal and Board of Trustees on school matters; ensures the parent/guardian perspective is presented in school decision-making; and shares information about the school with the community. All parents and guardians of current Ramsay students are members, and invited to attend, participate, and vote at School Council meetings.

Every year we elect a School Council Executive of Past Chair, Co-Chair, and Secretary. These are volunteer roles filled by parents or guardians of current students. We convene a meeting every month of the school year except December to which all Ramsay families are welcome. The agenda is distributed in advance and minutes are available on the website shortly after the following meeting. Reach out to us at

(The Ramsay School Parent Association (RSPA) is the other organization led by parent/guardian volunteers. RSPA raises all the funds to support the enriched and equitable learning environment at our school through activities like residencies, field trips, school supplies and books for the Resource Centre. Get in touch with help raise funds for our school at

Meeting Dates/Schedule

Ramsay School Council meets on the second Thursday of the month (exceptions noted) at 6:30 pm on Microsoft Teams.

Thursday September 9, 6:30 pm

Thursday October 14, 6:30 pm

Thursday November 18, 6:30 pm (Note: Third Thursday of the month)

No meeting in December

Thursday January 13, 6:30 pm

Thursday February 10, 6:30 pm

Thursday March 17, 6:30 pm (Note: Third Thursday of the month)

Thursday April 14, 6:30 pm

Thursday May 12, 6:30 pm

Thursday June 9, 6:30 pm

Annual General Meeting date TBA

Ramsay School Council online meetings take place using  Microsoft Teams. To join, click on the link sent by Tammy Calhoun via email. You can download the app ahead of time to join on your browser by searching Microsoft Teams. Once the window opens, type in your name, chose your audio and video settings and click on Join Now. YouTube tutorial (1:29 min) : 

Meet the School Council

Past Chair:  Laura Beecroft Chair: Vanessa Porteous Co Chair: Christine Fletcher

Secretary: Carol Engstrom

Contact the School Council

All Ramsay families, whether participating in on-site or distanced learning, are encouraged to reach out to the School Council exec with questions, ideas, and suggestions to help foster a supportive learning environment for our students. Reach us at

If you are on Facebook you can join the conversation at  Ramsay School Parents. Note this is not an official channel for School Council activity.

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