Parent Societies & Associations
A Valuable Impact
The CBE values the contributions of parent societies and associations. They help make our school communities stronger in a variety of ways.
It’s important to understand there is a difference from parent societies & associations and school councils.
Parent societies are a formal group of parents, incorporated under the Societies Act for the purpose of raising funds for the school. A society is a separate legal entity from the school council.
School councils exist to advise the principal and the Board of Trustees on school matters.
School council and parent society meetings must be kept separate and distinct. Meetings of the two groups can be held on the same date as long as the meeting of one group officially comes to an end before the other meeting begins (e.g., school council meeting 7-8 p.m. and parent society meeting 8-9 p.m.). Meeting minutes should also be recorded separately.
This guide around Best Practices for Parent Societies and Associations was developed by the Fine Arts Best Practices Subcommittee and has valuable information relevant to parent societies and associations across our system.