DPAC Executive Nomination: Alan Patola Moosmann

Alan Patola Moosmann has been nominated to the DPAC Executive by the Kitsilano PAC. His nomination will be voted on at our AGM on June 20, 2019. In his own words:

Hello, my name is Alan Patola Moosmann and I am asking your PAC to please consider supporting my nomination for the Vancouver DPAC executive.

I am a lifelong Vancouverite, living in the same small house in the West End that my parents bought in the 1950’s. I attended Sir William Dawson Elementary and, after that school was closed, Lord Roberts. My high school education was at St. George’s (a good experience personally, although I am not supportive of public funds going to independent schools). Our two children are students in the Vancouver public school system, our son about to graduate and our daughter in grade 8, both at Kitsilano Secondary, where I have been the DPAC rep for the last year. Previous to that, I was the DPAC rep for Henry Hudson Elementary for three years, serving on that PAC for a total of nine years in a variety of other positions, from class rep to Centennial committee chair to co-vice chair. During four years as a DPAC rep I have been privileged to bring issues to DPAC’s attention from my school that also have wider implications (such as a call to revise the provincial area standards – with DPAC’s assistance Henry Hudson brought a resolution to the 2018 BCCPAC AGM, where it was passed and forms part of BCCPAC’s current mandate for advocacy with the Ministry of Education). I have also had opportunities to bring advice back from DPAC to help my PAC deal effectively with challenging internal situations. I have learned much about our public education system during this time and have come to appreciate the value of DPAC both as the voice for parent concerns at the district level, and as a venue where individual PACs can connect with others grappling with similar issues and gain insight and practical suggestions from their experiences.

I am standing for the DPAC executive as it seems a natural next step to contribute to the work from that side of the table. I don’t come with a specific agenda and realize that much of the work will demand an ability to be responsive to whatever comes up over the next three years. I am however interested in working on advocacy re area standards, continuing to participate in DPAC’s current project of assembling a toolkit for PACs preparing to navigate the seismic mitigation process, exploring ways to address the shortage of before and after school childcare spaces, and in general contributing to DPAC’s efforts to increase the capacity of PACs to advocate effectively for quality public education. I am strongly in support of SOGI, and hope that DPAC’s steps towards creating an executive role for indigenous parent representation will bear good fruit.

I currently work as a licensed family childcare provider, for the past ten years operating a small daycare from our family home. Prior to that I worked for about a decade each as a mediator in restorative justice, primarily with teenagers in conflict with the law, and as a technician designing and installing domestic wastewater treatment systems. In all three contexts I have needed to find ways to engage collaboratively with civil servants as allies in delivering the best possible services to my clients, and hope to continue this approach when bringing parent perspectives and concerns to trustees and school district staff. Twelve years answering the phone as a volunteer at the Vancouver Crisis Centre has also helped me develop listening skills which are I think key to much of DPAC’s work.

Even with this experience, I anticipate that joining the DPAC executive will involve a steep learning curve, and challenge my abilities to manage personal time and energy. But I have family support for taking on this role, and am at a point in my life where other commitments have decreased. I look forward to an opportunity to serve!