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. And for raising compassionate kids as a community.

    2021-2022 School Council 

    Chair & Communications Lead: Carrie Klassen

    Vice Chair/Meeting Host: Ben Blakey

    Secretary: Lichia Liu

    Treasurer: Genevieve Kenny

    Alternative School Advisory Committee Rep.:
    Angela Matich (generous volunteer, not a general member of school council)

    General Members:

    Andrea Schneider
    Alanna Goldstein
    Anna Mancuso
    Brad Lucifora
    Denise Handlarski
    Sonia Castiel

    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

      Thank you so much to Secretary Lichia for taking our notes.

    • Equinox Family Survey Summary Fall 2021

      Click here for the report (pdf)

    • Equinox School Council 2020-2021 Annual Report

      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? 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

    GARDEN STEWARDS - July & August - We are only able to have gardening education at school because of the volunteers who tend the gardens over the summer while the school is closed. No gardening experience required and it’s a wonderful way to connect with the land (and enjoy sun-warm tomatoes!) We need many garden stewards to make for light watering work. Email chair@equinoxschool.ca to express interest.

    SUMMER SOLSTICE at the beach - June 21: We celebrate the solstice at the beach. If you’d like to support your child’s class by coming along, let your teacher know.

    LOST & FOUND organizer - mid-June: Our Lost & Found area is overflowing and what’s unclaimed needs to be sorted, returned to its owner if there is a label, and donated. If you can take this on (bring a friend! Make it fun!), please let Jodi know.


      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

        Click to view PDF.

      • 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

         Click to view PDF.