Role of the APA in the School and Community

The APA is a parent-run organization that aims to enrich Allenby students’ education, in collaboration with the school, through unique programs and initiatives supported by fundraising efforts and community partnerships. The APA also supports Allenby families through communications and community building.

The APA follows the school council guidelines as set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education. All parents with children attending Allenby Public School are members of the APA.

The APA and school have developed a collaborative approach to spending. Here are some of the initiatives supported by the APA:

  • Classroom Grants
  • Experts in the School
  • Lice Check
  • Character Education
  • Grade 6 Graduation Yearbook and Mural Project
  • Sports Plaques and Physical Education Equipment
  • Literacy and Arts
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Teacher Appreciation

APA Committees

The APA focuses its efforts on eight main areas:

Communications
Community Awareness
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fundraising
Safety
Health & Wellness
School Programs

Each area of focus is headed by an elected Director. This person(s) oversees the activities pertaining to their area. The Directors ensure that all activities follow APA guidelines and culture.

Each area of focus includes various APA committees. APA events, activities and initiatives are planned with the needs and wishes of the majority in mind, while supporting the inclusion of all Allenby students. The APA’s approach will encourage cost effective and efficient use of all resources.

APA Elected Positions

The Allenby School Council (Executive Team) consists of elected positions. All parents are encouraged to put their names forward for these important roles.

APA Chair – Lisa Parker

The Chair oversees the operation of the APA, and liaises with the Principal on a regular basis. The Chair may also act as a starting point for parents to direct them to the correct person or support system for their particular needs.

Treasurer – Beau Buchmann

The Treasurer works with the APA executive to draft an annual budget and to perform the bookkeeping required by the APA, such as reviewing reimbursement requests, writing cheques, keeping track of the cash balances and consulting on spending. The Treasurer is responsible for preparing income tax receipts for all eligible donations. The Treasurer also provides a monthly financial report for presentation at the APA meetings.

Secretary – Valerie Midmer

The secretary is responsible for taking the minutes at the monthly APA meeting and finalizing these minutes for distribution to parents.

Directors of Communications — Diana Bold & Kristyn Scott

Director of Community Awareness – Krista Chaytor

Directors of Fundraising – Jennifer Lenk

Director of Health and Wellness – Amanda Cooke

Directors of Safety – Kate McNeill-Keller and Lesley Cogan

Directors of School Programs – Lindsay Goldberg, Heather Hough and Lauren Booth

Election Process

The term of office for APA Board of Directors is one year, therefore elections must be held annually, in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education regulations.

Notice of elections will be sent out 1 week prior to the ballot date. If, by the closing date, only one person is nominated for a position then he/she will be acclaimed to that position. To encourage collaboration and community connection, more than one Director is permitted per position.