The 2021 BC Parent Survey was developed by parents for parents from British Columbia. Our goal is to gather current data regarding your experience as a parent, and create a transparent open data set. Aggregated data and the descriptive information from data, will be openly provided on the www.bcparentinfo.com website. Other clinicians, researchers, and experts in British Columbia, and beyond, will be able to access and utilize the data to help us further understand the impacts of COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our members below before participating. We would also be happy to meet with you by phone or video conference and conduct the survey verbally, if that is easier. We have translated the survey into some common languages of British Columbia; however, we do have more languages we can provide. Please contact us to find out whether we can provide the survey in your primary language if it is not included!
Crystal Mundy is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. She has extensive research experience, including working with governmental agencies such as MCFD and Forensic Psychiatric Services. Crystal is serving as the primary research consultant for this project. Her complete curriculum vitae can be viewed here and her research background can be viewed here.
Crystal has chosen to participate in this project due to several direct impacts of COVID-19. Her grandmother, Evelyn Partridge, died on December 13th, 2020, from COVID-19 in a LTC facility in BC. Crystal's sister also acts as a teacher in BC. Lastly, due to an autoimmune disease, Crystal had to withdraw both her 15 year old son from BC public school and 4 year son from daycare due to COVID-19 risk.
Tracy Casavant has been navigating COVID-19 as the mother of two school aged children, and their family experiences those pesky 'underlying conditions'. Tracy enjoys reading scientific literature for fun, and was the Managing Director at Light House (on leave until school is safe) and part-time studies instructor at BCIT. Her LinkedIn Profile with complete information can be found here: Tracy Casavant | LinkedIn
Irene Corman is a former Associate Superintendent of Schools in Greater Victoria SD 61, who has worked at the K-12 and Post-Secondary levels in education, as well as in the B.C. Ministry of Education, in roles as a teacher, secondary school principal, sessional lecturer and Ministry Secondee.
Presently she is principal owner at Irene Corman Consulting, Research and Training. As an independent consultant, she works with k-12 and post-secondary educational systems, as well as community organizations and government in areas of leadership development, communicating through conflict, capacity-building and program development and evaluation.
Since February of 2020 and especially since her son’s family (grandchildren in #bced) all experienced Covid at the end of March (all are thankfully completely recovered) she has put her research skills to use in understanding, communicating, and networking to learn as much as possible about how to optimize the safety of young and older humans in schools, as well as about the kinds of approaches that promote high quality learning when education is not fully face to face.
Jaclyn Ferreira moderates the Option 4 Families of Vancouver SD#39 Facebook group, to work with families to advocate for equitable, non-punitive remote educational opportunities for their children for the duration of the pandemic. Jaclyn does this work so that no family has to choose between the fundamental human rights of health and education.
When not working (from home these days) in her two research, and legal permissions and clearances positions, she advocates for equitable education for disabled children in BC. She feels that such children are often left behind in non-pandemic times. Jaclyn, her husband, and her three children are all at high risk for COVID-19. She and her children share a degenerative genetic disorder, their two school aged-children have disabilities, and her husband has hypertension.
Juanita Jackson is a recently retired public-school district administrator. Her career passion and expertise has always been centred around successfully supporting the inclusion of children with diverse and complex needs within schools. She has taken on lead positions in three lower mainland districts to support staffs, administrators and families as a Behaviour Specialist, Principal of Interagency and Alternative Programs, and District Principal in Student Support Services. She has also worked closely with Safe Schools Departments, the RCMP and MCFD.
She also is a mother of two professional adult daughters who attended public school in BC.
She holds a master’s degree in Special Education from UBC. She has a strong interest in helping to build positive environments at home and school for children’s emotional, mental and physical well-being. You can access her full LinkedIn Profile here.
Kyenta Martins started the Option 4 Families of Vancouver SD#39 Facebook and Slack groups. These advocacy groups work to bring Option 4 families together to share resources and experiences, with the ultimate goal of providing a more stable education experience during the pandemic.
Professionally, Kyenta is a library technician at FPInnovations. She has been working in non-profit or special libraries throughout most of her career. Kyenta has two children with her husband. She has COPD (genetic), which is why they have chosen the Option 4 education choice this year.
Current and past operating costs associated with survey and website.
Allowed for direct translation of survey by line.
12-month term with 3 team members; required for multilingual surveys.
Required for knowledge translation and hosting open-access documents.
Required fees to establish new website.
All costs are covered by members until donations received to cover the costs.
Thank you to all those offering donations! We greatly appreciate your assistance.