About Your School Council

Lakeview school crestLakeview School Council is made up of parents who are interested in getting involved at Lakeview and helping enrich the lives of students through special events, extra-curricular activities, the support of school and Board initiatives, and funding for school sports and academic programs. School Council is also responsible for providing a forum for parents to share their opinions and make recommendations known to the school administration.

The School Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month of the school year at 6:45 pm in the Lakeview School library. Free childcare is available for school-age children. Meetings are open to all Lakeview parents.

2016-2017 meeting dates – September 13, 2016 | October 11, 2016 | November 8, 2016 | December 13, 2016 | January 17, 2017 | February 28, 2017 | March date TBA | April 18, 2017 | May 16, 2017 | June 13, 2017  Read council minutes.

Chairpersons – Julie Dagenais-Watson and Tauhid Thomas
Email: chair@lakeviewschoolcouncil.ca

The Chair of the School Council acts as the official spokesperson of the School Council. He or she may attend the Trustee’s Inter-school meetings and communicates with the Principal on a regular basis. He or she chairs the monthly meetings, and prepares the agenda for each meeting in advance. The Chair updates the Principal Profile on an annual basis, writes the annual report at the end of the year, and ensures that all other Council documents are kept up to date. The Chair may participate in regular communication with the chairs of the various sub-committees of council. The Chair may be a signing officer for Council.

Secretary – Caitlin Cooke

The Secretary of the Council is responsible for maintaining a full and accurate accounting of all School Council meetings through the taking of minutes. In conjunction with the Chair, he or she ensures the adequate notice of meetings and sets the meeting schedule for the school year. After each meeting, the Secretary distributes the minutes to all council members by email, to solicit feedback and edits.

Treasurer  – Jenna Nunas
Email: treasurer@lakeviewschoolcouncil.ca

The Treasurer ensures safekeeping of the School Council finances in accordance with the policies and procedures of the OCDSB and provides accounting thereof, as required, to the Board and the Council. The role of the Treasurer is to set up and maintain a detailed record of all income and expenses along with accompanying receipts ad invoices; to check the accuracy and consistency of monthly bank statements; and to report monthly to School Council on fundraising and other revenues and expenditures. The Treasurer deposits all incoming cheques and signs all outgoing cheques. The Treasurer is a signing officer for the Council.

Fundraising Coordinator – TBA
Email: lakeviewpsfundraising@gmail.com

The fundraising coordinator coordinates fundraising campaign activities (i.e., order-taker campaigns), researches possible fundraisers, proposes schedules for campaigns throughout the school year, and reserves or confirms participation with the chosen fundraising companies. The coordinator also provides general support and information to the individual campaign organizers and volunteers to run the various campaigns. Tracking information such as percent participation, net proceeds versus volunteer time, and ease of running the campaign help Council to decide on whether to run the campaign again.

Pizza Day Coordinator – Julie Dagenais-Watson
Email: lakeviewhotlunches@gmail.com

The Pizza Day Coordinator interfaces with the pizza company to make sure the program runs smoothly; distributes order forms; gathers the forms and returns them to the pizza company; and delivers the incoming cheques to the Treasurer. The coordinator organizes parent volunteers to be on site for the pizza delivery and to distribute the pizza to students.

Ottawa-Carleton Association of School Councils Representatives (OCASC) – Chris Klymowsky

The OCASC representatives represent School Council at OCASC meetings and raise issues on behalf of the School Council. They then report to School Council at each council meeting and keep School Council members up to date on pertinent issues. The OCASC meetings often feature a guest speaker who talks about issues affecting all schools in the Ottawa area, and allows the representatives from Lakeview to meet and interface with other schools in the area.

Parent representative for Lakeview PS for the OCDSB Western Accommodation Review – Jen Nielsen

If anyone has questions or concerns regarding the Western Accommodation Review, please contact Jen at jen.nielsen08@gmail.com.

Parent Representatives

Parent Representatives commit to attending at least 50% of School Council meetings to provide input on how council funds should be distributed. They have a vote in determining how the council should spend its budget. Parent Representatives also often step in to volunteer and help plan various special events during the year.

School Staff Representatives

The council also has two voting positions for staff members, one for a teacher, and one for a non-teaching staff member. The principal also attends School Council meetings but is a non-voting member of council.

Community Representatives

The Community Representatives represent the Lakeview community’s perspective and help build partnerships and links between the school and the community. They contribute to school and school council discussions, participate on council committees, and encourage parents/guardians and community members to participate in events and programs.


School Travel Planning Committee – The School STP Committee participates in the development and implementation of a School Travel Plan for Lakeview P.S. in an effort to increase the number of children using active modes of transportation to and from school.  As a collaborative committee, it will organize and oversee the activities required for developing, implementing and evaluating the impact of a School Travel Plan: goal setting, baseline data collection, action planning, implementation and evaluation, all with the assistance of the STP Facilitator. The Committee conists of one or more representatives from each of the following critically important groups:  School administration (Principal or VP), Teachers and Parents (including Council). Additional representatives such as, local residents, block parents, municipal representatives and local non-government organizations with an interest in active transportatin, air quality improvement, or physical activity would be welcome.  If you are interested in hearing more or participating on this Committee, please contact the school principal.