Gwen Giesbrecht is a parent, owns a small business and is an active advocate for public education and strong communities. She is a longterm resident of Grandview-Woodland.
Gwen’s involvment with Public Education includes working with other stakeholders in the Vancouver School District as member and past chairperson of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council ( DPAC ), the COPE education committee, and the Justice not Charity working group.
Currently Gwen is President of the Britannia Community Services Centre board of management and Chair of the Britannia Secondary Parent Advisory committee. Britannia has an integrated model for community service delivery and works closely in partnership with the VSB, the VPL, the COV, and many local organizations. She is a leader in the Public Education Project, and stands up for families and community.
In her role as a parent representative to the VSB, Gwen has consistently worked to ensure that the voices of families, especially those that have barriers to advocating on their own behalf, are heard.
Ms. Giesbrecht truly believes that the best opportunities for lifelong learning and support for all students should be available, accessible and equitable. She believes that there is not a more important achievement for a society to aspire to than working to provide the means for every individual to the reach the fullest potential of their abilities.