Community and Parent Engagement Committee

What is CAPE?

The Community and Parent Engagement Committee (CAPE) is a group of organizations with similar philosophies and principles, who work collaboratively to engage, support and educate parents and other caregivers.


CAPE is committed to achieving the following goals:

  • increase awareness of resources and learning opportunities among parents and families;
  • collaborate on parent/family education and engagement efforts; and
  • make information and learning opportunities accessible to as many parents as possible

What Does CAPE Believe?

CAPE has identified a set of shared guiding principals which direct our work.  Our guiding principals are as follows:

  • Relationships are the cornerstone of our work and require active and continued reaching out.
  • We recognize the important role that schools play in building community.
  • We take a strength-based approach (asset development, focus on resiliency, appreciative inquiry, promoting protective factors) rather than a deficit-based approach (risk-factors).
  • Engaging parents and caregivers is a way to support youth.
  • Youth empowerment - engage youth wherever possible by creating opportunities for parents/caregivers to hear directly from young people.
  • One size does not fit all – messages and programs have to be flexible enough to meet the needs of all families. 

Who Are We?

CAPE members include representatives from School Aged Children & Youth (SACY), Youth Empowered & Safe (YES), Community and Action Assessment Network (CAAN), YWCA, Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), Vancouver Board of Education (VSB), District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC), Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Community School Teams (CST).