Anti-Racism 2-Part Speaker Series! February 22nd and March 1st!

The Hastings PAC and the Lord Nelson PAC are proud to co-present this important 2-part online speaker series for parents and caregivers, as a part of our acknowledgement of Black History Month.
Session 1: Foundations in Anti-Racism
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

7:00-8:30 p.m.

What is racism? What isn’t racism? What does it mean to be
anti-racist? Explore the history and realities of race and racism in
Canada and Canadian schools and what it means for all of us who call
this place home. Question and answers to follow.

Session 2: Talking to Kids About Racism
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Kids need adults to help guide them through the inequities that exist in
their world. How do you help them understand and what can you do as a
parental figure in their life to make a meaningful difference for racial

Eventbrite link is here and ready for your registration!
Tickets are available for free and by
donation – pay only what you are able. Any funds raised to cover the
cost of the speaker are greatly appreciated.

We hope you will join us!

Speaker Series Volume 2

Gaming: The Good, The Bad and The Lonely

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00-8:30 pm via Zoom

Tickets are by donation (min $1). Reserve your spot today!

The PAC welcomes back Merlyn Horton in Part Two of this three part Speaker Series on Online Safety.

Are you worried that your child is spending too much time gaming?
Does it seem like they are not happy doing anything else?
Are they more upset after they game, than before?
Do you really know who they are talking to on that headset?
What is being spoken about? 

Gaming is a big part of most children’s live, actually part of all our lives!  From grocery store rewards cards to global scavenger hunts, our lives are becoming ‘gamified’. Games are used to develop skills and train professionals. It’s important to appreciate games and gaming before we acknowledge the risks and concerns.

This webinar will talk about gaming; pro-social and education uses of gaming, concerns about excessive gaming (and how to remedy it) and exposure to inappropriate content in-game and online (and how to remedy it).

Following the webinar, participants will get a link to a webpage with links to follow up and learn more about gaming, it’s role in children’s lives and futures, and how to best guide your child to making life-long, positive gaming choices.

Tickets are available by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you!

All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. Please email with your questions.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite: 

Speaker Series Volume 1

Parenting Online and Parental Controls Online

The PAC is delighted to present the first in the line up for our 2021/2022 Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 19th from 7-8.30pm. Back by popular demand from Hastings school administration and parents, Merlyn Horton will provide us with an informative, engaging and useful discussion around the implications and effects of technology on our children. She will also share some tools and suggestions for supporting good online and off-line choices. 

Tickets are now available for reservation by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you! All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. We will do our best to cover as much content as possible.Please email with your questions.

We hope you will join us on October 19th!

Student Art Show Announcement

Hastings Division 18’s Grade 5/6 students are putting on an art show and you’re invited!

A message from the class…

Hello Hastings Community!

Division 18’s Grade 5/6 students would like to invite you to our art fundraiser, ‘Building Black Futures’, starting next week at The Laughing Bean!

Our class has been inspired by the important contributions of Black icons and the Black Lives Matter movement, and has organised this fundraiser in the hopes that it can serve as a small but meaningful step in the building of Black futures in Vancouver.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will present art made by students featuring important Black trailblazers and icons. These artworks are not only visual representations, but also educational keepsakes: they include short biographies celebrating the life and accomplishments of these famous figures. It is our hope that by sharing these works with our community we can help spread their stories and contributions more widely.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will take place at The Laughing Bean (2695 East Hastings) and will run from Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27. The Laughing Bean is open until 4 pm every day. Artworks will be sold on a sliding scale starting at $10. The Laughing Bean accepts cash and debit. 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Hogan’s Alley Society, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and preserving Vancouver’s Black History!

We hope you can visit the exhibit!:)

Division 18 students

Body Science Parent Information Session–FREE, Registration Required

Each year, students in all elementary grades throughout BC receive instruction in sexual health education. Some schools bring in experts in the field to compliment and reinforce the content that is being delivered by teachers.

We are excited to inform you that this year Hastings PAC has organized for Saleema Noon Sexual Health Educators to be presenting to students through class-based online workshops as well as a LIVE evening Zoom presentation for parents by Sarah Maitland! In this session, Sarah will give an overview of student presentations and, using humor and straight talk in an open, interactive environment, will show parents how easy it is to convey healthy, meaningful messages about sex and growing up to children.
Please join us on Monday, June 7th via Zoom 6:30pm-8pm for Body Science Parent Information session.
Tickets are FREE but pre-registration is required through Eventbrite.

Safe Online: Info that Clicks!


Speaker Series Volume 3: Parenting Online and Parental Controls Online

The PAC will present the third installment in our Speaker Series this year! Coming Tuesday, March 9th from 7-8pm,
join Merlyn Horton for an informative, engaging and useful look at
parenting online today and some immediately accessible tools and
techniques to manage our current challenges. A custom website, with
links to all resources and tools referenced in the webinar will be
provided to access to all. More info at

Reserve your tickets now. Please pay what you can afford. Donations to
cover the cost of the speaker are very much appreciated. Tickets available through Eventbrite now

Speaker Series Volume 2

Mental Health and Wellness Tools for Children and Families during COVID

This online workshop explores the impact of COVID on the mental health of children & families, and provides tools to support better mental well being.

Date and Time
Thu, February 11, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST
About this Event
We are more connected today, than we have ever been in human history; however, in some ways we have never been lonelier. COVID has exacerbated this separation and has resulted in a mental health crisis, not only in Canada but globally, and this has particular implications for our children.
At this workshop, Ali will explore how our mental health is being impacted during these challenging times, and will introduce various clinical tools to support ourselves and our children. He will also focus on how to best provide a supportive environment for our children.
**This is a donation-based event and everyone is welcome. You may attend for free, or provide a donation that will help cover the costs of the speaker.**
About the Speaker
Over the last twenty years, Ali Afzali has had the privilege of working with and supporting individuals and groups in achieving their social and emotional goals. He have clinical experience in various sectors including child and youth mental health, addictions and foster care, and has extensive training in trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, and relationship issues. As a father, he understands the struggles that come with parenting and is here to help you come up with positive, creative solutions.
For more information, go to
For planning purposes we appreciate if you can register ahead of time. Simply click below to secure your spot. We hope to see you there!

Speaker Series, Vol. 1 Michelle Wing

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 |7:00 – 8:00 pm | Zoom

We have a parent education speaker focused on anti-racism. On Wednesday, January 20th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, join Michelle Wing to discuss what is anti-blackness, decolonization and white fragility. She will also share how racism shows up in schools and how it can be addressed.

Cost: By donation (sliding scale of $0-$20)

Register now!