The president of the group overseeing all of the parent advisory councils in the Greater Victoria School District has been selected to lead its provincewide counterpart.
Tracy Humphreys moves from the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils to the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils on Tuesday. The broad scope of her new role means she will have to step down as the executive director of the BCEdAccess Society, a group of families of children with disabilities advocating for their equitable access to education.
Humphreys was in her second year as VCPAC president but has been involved with the group off and on since 2003.
She said she is looking forward to her new role with BCPAC, which represents the parents of the approximately 570,000 children in B.C.’s public schools, but realizes she will have to move away from some of the work she has been doing at the local level with the Greater Victoria district’s 47 schools.
As president, she has spoken out on local issues ranging from trustee elections and district budgets to the presence of school-liaison officers in schools.
She said as executive director of BCPAC she will be dealing with 60 school districts, and she will be less of a public figure and more of an administrator.
“BCPAC has a president and has a board, and they do the public engagement,” Humphreys said. “I’m doing more supporting of the board and helping create and guide their direction.”
She said her duties will include “taking forward the concerns of parents to government.”