Join us for the GEPIC Virtual Thursday Spring Speaker Series

Grand Erie's Parent Involvement Committee (GEPIC) is a great way to get involved in the education of your child. The Committee is a direct link to Grand Erie’s Trustees and Executive Council by providing important input. GEPIC is comprised of parents who wish to support school councils and other parents across the system.

As part of GEPIC’s focus on education from a system perspective, Grand Erie has partnered to develop the Spring Speaker Series, bringing together knowledgeable representatives from the fields of education and mental health to offer attendees helpful practical advice, industry insight and professional experience. 

Featured below are the current virtual events for the month of April. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register online.

Click here to learn more about Grand Erie's Parent Involvement Committee (GEPIC).

Mental Health & Well-Being During COVID-19

Overview: The Mental Health Lead, a School Social Worker and a Child & Youth Worker will talk about mental health promotion, targeted prevention and intervention services within Grand Erie. There will also be a discussion of the roles of Security, Belonging and Hope in maintaining positive mental health. Finally, the speakers will highlight the 5 Ways to Well Being which will be introduced during Mental Health Week 2021. Q&A’s.

  • Date: April 1st 
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Presenter: Piyali Bagchee, Mental Health and Wellness Lead; Katie Boyle, School Social Worker; Rachel Gee, School Child & Youth Worker – Grand Erie District School Board. 

How to be an Ally for Marginalized Students

Overview: Understanding our own identity, being willing to learn and unlearn, and uplifting the voices of others are some of the foundational aspects of becoming an ally. In this workshop, a panel of speakers will explore these themes through sharing reflections about how to be an ally, through both their lived experiences and their roles within Grand Erie.

Speakers will include Jean Samuel, Equity Educator; Joe Tice, Lead Teacher Consultant, Indigenous Education; Jeannie Martin, Native Advisor, Indigenous Education; Jeff Benner, Co-Chair of the Safe and Inclusive Schools Committee of Grand Erie and Secondary Principal; and Kathryn Cottrill, Secondary Teacher and Equity Champion.

Please join us for an engaging and meaningful discussion about equity and inclusion and the importance of allyship for our children, youth and communities. Q&A’s.

  • Date: April 8th 
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Presenter: Christine Bibby, Safe and Inclusive Schools Lead – Grand Erie District School Board 

Parenting in a Pandemic

Overview: As pareDouglas.jpgnts, we can’t help but be affected by what’s happening in the wider world. Is it any wonder then that so many of us are feeling so anxious, so guilty, and so overwhelmed right now? In this thought-provoking conversation, parenting author Ann Douglas will acknowledge the challenges that we are facing in this moment and share strategies and solutions for parenting through a strange and uncertain time. Expect a conversation that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone. Q&A’s.

  • Date: April 22
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Presenter: Ann Douglas  
  • Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and a bestselling parenting book author. Ann is the creator of The Mother of All Book series and the author, most recently, of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm. 

“I believe that writers can change the world. We have the power to tell stories and share ideas that can fuel social change. It’s both an extraordinary privilege and a daunting responsibility.”

Indigenous Education and Reconciliation

Toulous.jpgOverview: Contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the World and the Importance of this to Equitable Education. Q&A’s.

  • Date: April 29th
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Presenter: Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse, Full Professor & 3M National Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Education, Laurentian University. 

Indigenous peoples have given an abundance of innovations and inventions to the world and in this presentation, Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse will address the need for these contributions to be highlighted and shared within the context of Education and Reconciliation. She will explain why such actions will boost the self-esteem and success of Indigenous students and foster stronger relationships between all peoples. 



Use the form below to register for the GEPIC Virtual Thursday Speakers Series.

Once your invitation has been processed by Grand Erie you will recieve an email confirming your attendance along with a Microsoft Teams virtual event invite link.

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Registration Form

Thank you for your interest in the GEPIC Virtual Thursday Spring Speaker Series. Unfortunately, all of our available virtual attendee slots are now filled and the deadline has ended for registration.

Please stay tuned for future GEPIC Speaker Series announcements later this year.

Yours in Education,

Grand Erie District School Board