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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 School 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

All parents are automatically members of this important body. Meetings are open to all parents and everyone attending has a voice. The purpose of School Council is to provide a venue and opportunity for parents/guardians to participate in discussion of policy and decisions made by the school and to offer advice and support. School Council is an excellent way for parents to become involved in their child’s education.

Meeting Dates/Schedule

Richmond School Council meets monthly at the school. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM and conclude by 8:30 PM.  

Our School Council Members

Chair – Sandy Shanks 
Vice-chair – Marina Cathcart 
Treasurer – Vance Wanchulak 
Secretary – Terris Grunert 

School Council Committee Members 

Events Director – Denise Wanchulak 
Volunteer Coordinator – Heather Riome 
Fundraising – Nadine Griffiths 
Liaison with ASCA and COSC – Heather Ganshorn 
Community Association Liaison – Rani Wiedemann 
Richmond School Childcare Liaison – Dana Nevison

Contact the School Council


Richmond School Council Role Descriptions

Chairperson - Chairs meetings, establishes agenda, and works closely with the Principal.

Vice-Chair - Assists as required when Chairperson is unable to chair monthly meetings.

Treasurer - Maintains council and society bank account.

Secretary - Keeps minutes of meetings, distributes minutes to the school and to members.

Key Communicator(s) - Represents Richmond at one CBE system wide meeting held every other month. Reports system issues to council. Updates School Council infor-mation board and assists with write ups for community Review publications.

Fundraising Representative(s) Receives information regarding possible funding from outside sources reviews and presents applicable projects to council. Coordinates volunteers for Casino fundraising when required.

Special Event Organizer(s) - Plans and organizes in school events such as Welcome Back Breakfast, community building activities, and parent education evenings. Assists with organizing volunteers as required for larger school activities.

Community Representative - Shares information from Richmond Community meetings, brings forth Community issues to council.

Charity Coordinators - Receives and seeks information regarding charities that are applicable for support by council. Presents applicable information and projects for council consideration as required.

Casino Coordinator(s) - Completes Provincial requirements to update applications for future Casino dates as required. Collects and schedules all volunteers.

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