Central Parents' Committee

As stipulated in section 189 of the Education Act, each school board must establish a parents committee. If a school board divides its territory into administrative regions, it may establish regional committees and a central parents committee (EA, s. 191)

The English Montreal School Board divides its territory into two administrative sectors and therefore has two regional sector committees and a central parents committee composed of each of the delegates from the regional sectors and a member of the Advisory Committee on Special Education Services (ACSES).

What does the Central Parents’ Committee do?

The functions of the central parents committee, as outlined in Section 192 of the Education Act, are:

to promote parents participation in the activities of the school board and to designate parents who will take part in the various committees established by the school board;
to give advice on any subject conducive to the most efficient operation possible of the school board;
to inform the school board of the needs of parents as identified by the school representatives and by the representative of ACSES;
to give its opinion to the school board on any matter the latter is required to submit to it.

The Central Parents’ Committee elects four parent commissioners (one for the elementary level, one for the secondary level, one for ACSES and one at large) to represent them at the Council of Commissioners.  The parent commissioners have the same rights, powers and obligations as other commissioners but are not entitled to vote.

The CPC also elects members to participate in the board-based committees of the EMSB.  They include the Education Committee, the Finance Committee, Advisory Committee on Transportation, Educational Policies Committee and Adult Education and Vocational Services Advisory Committee. CPC elects 2 representatives Quebec Federation of Parents (FCPQ).

The school board must consult the central parents committee on matters stipulated in Section 193 of the Education Act.  These include:

the division, annexation or amalgamation of the territory of the school board,
the policy on school closure,
the Three-year Plan and Deeds of Establishment,
the school calendar, ,
the dedication of a school to a special project pursuant to section 240 of the Education Act and the criteria for the enrolment of students in that school,
the rules governing the promotion from elementary to secondary school or from the first cycle to the second cycle of the secondary level,
the objectives and principles governing the allocation of subsidies,
learning activities established by the school board and intended for parents.
The policy on Financial Contributions from Parents or Students

Over the course of a school year, the CPC, in concert with the regional sectors, will respond to a number of consultations, such as the Enrolment Policy, the Budget Building Process, the School Calendar, the Three-Year Plan and Deeds of Establishment.

How are members elected to the Central Parents’ Committee?
In accordance with Sections 190 and 191 of the Education Act, each year, before the end of October the regional committees meet to elect its’ executive members to the Central Parents Committee. At its first meeting, the Advisory Committee on Special Education Services appoints a member to represent ACSES.

Who are the members of the Central Parents’ Committee?
The CPC members for the 2016-2017 school year are:


Suzanne de Jonge


Chair, CPC Executive Committee

Steven Hudon


Member, CPC Executive Committee

Franco Mazzariello


Member, CPC Executive Committee

Karen Abecassis

Sophie Antippa

Observer, Finance Committee

Raymond Ayas

Member, Advisory Committee on Transportation

Isabelle Baas

ACSES Member 

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Marie-Helene Bedard

Mario Bentrovato

Parent Commissioner, Secondary

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Observer, Adult Education & Vocational Services

Richard Berger

Benny Berneti

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Joseph Bondi

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Observer, Education Committee

Serena Capplette

Milan Cardone

John Carosello

Joanne Charron

Parent Commissioner, ACSES

Anthony Cristofaro

Kelly De Pooter

Joe Di Liello

Cynthia Dudley

Observer, Educational Policies Committee

Mark Ellenbogen

Antoine Fecteau

Sherilyn Figueira

Alba Fiorino

Francesco Fortugno

Ann Gagnon

Norm Gharibian

Parent Commissioner, no designation

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Giovanni Goffredo

Michelle Grigat

Hannu Jailos

Observer, Finance Committee

Jahangir Kabir

Stacey Kaufman

Stephanie Keating

Alyssa Kuzmarov

Marc Laforest

Carmie Lato

Observer, Adult Education & Vocational Services

Erin Matheson

Pietro Mercuri

Adriano Miele

Felipe Morales

Mubeenah Mughal

Sonia Pecora

Member, CPC Executive Committee

Carlo Peruch

Todd Roberts

Observer, Adult Education & Vocational Services

Andrew Ross

Laura Saragosa

Observer, Education Committee

Patty Smyth

Tony Speranza

George Szatmari

Daniel Tatone

Observer, Educational Policies Committee

Jason Trudeau

Parent Commissioner, Elementary

Member, CPC Executive Committee

When does the Central Parents' Committee meet?

The central parents’ committee meets on a monthly basis.  Their meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.