From November 2016 to April 2017, the Parliamentary Secretary asked British Columbians and interested stakeholders to provide a range of different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing rural school districts and communities for her consideration.

The purpose of the regional open houses was to explore rural funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province. These regional open houses gathered feedback from families and community members through an open dialogue.

Community open houses were held in ten locations throughout the province. Everyone was encourage to attend.  The first 30-45 minutes of each meeting was an open house format, where light refreshments were served.  The remaining portion of the meeting was a more formal question and answer format with Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson and/or Ministry of Education staff.

The following questions were discussed at the open houses:


Discussion 1: What is your definition of a rural school?

Discussion 2: What are the positive impacts in the community?

Discussion 3: How are schools being used?

Discussion 4: Share your rural education story


View the open house poster boards

Below is a record of the events that took place during the engagement:

ChilliwackChilliwack Secondary School
Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Alumni Hall
46361 Yale Road
January 26, 20176-8pm
Prince GeorgeVan Bien Training and Development Centre
311 Wilson Crescent
February 1, 20176-8pm
Terrace3120 Highway 16 East
(formerly Thornhill Junior Secondary School)
February 6, 20176-8pm
Williams LakeLake City Secondary School
Williams Lake Campus 640 Carson Dr.
February 8, 20176-8pm
Comox - CourtenayMark R Isfeld Secondary School
(Multi-Purpose Room),
1551 Lerwick Rd.
February 17, 20176-8pm
TrailSchool Board Office
2001-3rd Ave
February 24, 20176-8pm
KamloopsHenry Grube Education Centre
245 Kitchener Cresent
February 28, 20176-8pm
Fort St. JohnNorth Peace Secondary School (Library)
9304 86 St
March 3, 20176-8pm
RevelstokeRevelstoke Secondary School
1007 Vernon Avenue
April 3, 20176-8pm