The PIC is hosting a Safe, Caring & Inclusive Schools (SCIS) panel discussion for parents and community members that participate in SCIS teams.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 7-9:00PM

Where: St. Clements Room – Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue Kitchener

RSVP: Please RSVP by March 6 to Jill Magazine at

Panellists for this event include:

  • Principal Nancy Woodhall, Vice-principal, Naya Markanastasakis, and Christine Bilton, parent, from Baden Public School’s SCIS team to provide examples of what this active team has been doing since its inception in October 2013
  • Christine Carmody, parent, with experience in establishing an SCIS team at Westmount Public School in October 2014
  • Jim Woolley, SCIS System Administrator and previous secondary school principal, regarding the role that parents can play on secondary school SCIS teams
  • Hend Shalon, parent member of the WRDSB’s Parent Involvement Committee, PhD candidate (with a focus on engaging newcomer parents in their children’s education), to address how SCIS teams can consider the needs of newcomers when looking at school climate
  • Natascha Voll, District Facilitator, Williamsburg Community Centre, Community Programs and Services, City of Kitchener, to address finding a community member for your team and the role a community member can play
  • Deepa Ahluwalia and Nicole Robinson, Equity and Inclusion Officers at the WRDSB, to speak about building equity and inclusion of minority groups, including Aboriginal families, into the work of SCIS teams and how these officers can support teams to do so
  • Barbara Ward, Mental Health Lead at the WRDSB, to share her knowledge about mental health and the kind of actions that an SCIS team could take to improve the school climate for students facing mental health challenges, and their families
  • Helmut Tinnes, principal at Mary Johnston Public School, to speak to how parents and community members can work with the school administrator