Equinox School Council

    The Equinox Holistic Alternative School Council is a group of volunteers contributing our skills and time and care to ensure our parent and guardian community is engaged and that our teachers and school staff are supported. We are advocates for Holistic Curriculum, outdoor and land-based education, environmental stewardship and anti-oppression work in education. We are also committed to raising compassionate kids as a community.

    2022-2023 School Council 

    Co-Chairs: Clare Hacksel & Robyn Switzer

    Communications Lead: Alanna Goldstein

    Secretary: Sunny Freeman

    Treasurer: Genevieve Kenny

    Alternative School Advisory Committee Rep: TBD

    General Members:

    Allie Martin
    Andrea Schneider
    Ben Blakey
    Denise Handlarski
    Diana Fleming
    Sinéad Rafferty
    Vanessa Chudy

    We welcome your questions and contributions, please say hi at the school fence or email us at chair@equinoxschool.ca.

    Thinking about supporting our school by volunteering with Equinox School Council?
    Please do! School council is formed within the first weeks of each new school year and the term is one year. Because we’re such a small community, positions are generally acclaimed so there’s no campaigning necessary.  Here is a look at the different roles and responsibilities on council to see where you might best fit. Thank you so much for considering!

    Everyone in our school community is welcome and wanted at our School Council meetings.
    They’re quick and online and friendly and are a nice touchstone. Mark your calendars and watch your inbox for the zoom link a day or two before each meeting.

    • Equinox School Council Meetings for the 2021-2022 term

      Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m. – cancelled 

      Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, noon – 1:00 p.m.

      Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022, noon-1:00 p.m. 

      Wednesday, June 8, 2022, noon-1:00 p.m. 

    • Equinox School Council 2021-2022 Meeting Minutes

      Meeting minutes for Oct. 13, 2021 meeting

      Meeting minutes for Feb. 9, 2022 meeting

      Meeting minutes for Apr. 13, 2022 meeting

      Meeting minutes for June 8, 2022 meeting

      Meeting minutes for Oct 3, 2022 meeting

      Meeting minutes for Nov 24, 2022 meeting

      Thank you so much to Secretary Sunny Freeman for taking our notes.

    • Equinox Family Survey Summary Fall 2021

      Click here for the report (pdf)

    • Recent Equinox School Council Annual Reports

      Click here for a summary of the 2021-22 council’s activities.

      Click here for a summary of the 2020-2021 council’s activities.

    Current Volunteer Opportunities

    SEWING SUPPORT - Are you or someone you know game to sew some fun DIY guitar cases? Our music teacher Anna has some ideas and needs some sewing fingers to bring them to life. Email school council if you might like to help: chair@equinoxschool.ca

    TEAM EGG SUPPORTER - While not a school council program, the parent volunteers who do the heroic work of weekly egg sales could use some help. Could you be a carton runner or do you like tracking payments at home in a spreadsheet? There are different ways to pitch in and you will be directly supporting a program that supports our school's ability to do outdoor learning, Holistic Curriculum practices, cultural programming, and more. Email Team Egg if you might be able to lend a hand: thursdayeggs@gmail.com

    WINTER FAIRIES - Volunteers are needed for the Winter Fair committee. This is a beloved Equinox tradition, a beautiful day for the whole school community with food, entertainment, and magical experiences for the children. And it's a wonderful way to connect other community members, whatever your skills and talents: winterfair@equinoxschool.ca

      School Council document archive

      • School Council Bylaws

         Click to view PDF (2015)

      • Meeting Minutes April 12, 2018

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      • Meeting Minutes February 21, 2018

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      • Meeting Minutes November 23, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes October 25, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes September 18, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes June 14, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes May 10, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes April 12, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes February 15, 2017

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      • Meeting Minutes January 16, 2017

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      • Proposed Council Budget Survey Responses

        Thank you to the 62 individuals who completed the online proposed budget survey. As promised we are responding to the questions and feedback we received, including information on council, class sizes and third floor room dividers. View Responses.

      • Meeting Minutes November 9, 2016

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      • Meeting Minutes October 19, 2016

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