Member Bios

DAYNA ROBINSON

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Dayna Robinson

Co-chair
chair@smpscouncil.org

Dayna has been a resident of Riverside South for 17 years and has two children attending Steve MacLean PS.  She has been on Parent Council for 5 years and has engaged the school with a pro active awareness about the Hearing Impaired Community (Dress Loud Day) and School Travel Planning (School Crossing/Drop Off Safety).  Dayna and her family have run a yearly fundraiser for CHEO which has raised in excess of $375,000 with the funds allocated towards needed hospital equipment. She enjoys collaborating with others and the process in making a difference within our school and surrounding community.

 

LYNN VANASSE

Lynn Vanasse

Co-chair
chair@smpscouncil.org

Lynn has been a resident of Riverside South for 13 years and has two children attending Steve MacLean PS. She has always enjoyed volunteering whenever possible in the classroom and on field trips and started taking an active role in helping the SMPS council in June of 2016 by taking on the maintenance of the school gardens. Last year, she also volunteered to update school staff and parents each morning on ice conditions at the local outdoor rink during skating season and to post the daily school announcements on the council’s Facebook page. This is Lynn’s first time being a member of the School Council and her goal this year is to work collaboratively with fellow Co-Chair Dayna Robinson and all council members to increase parent attendance numbers at council meetings, raise awareness of council initiatives, and promote parent volunteer opportunities.

 

ANKE ADAMS

Anke Adams

Treasurer
treasurer@smpscouncil.org

Resident of Riverside South for over 14 years, parent to two children and community volunteer whenever an opportunity arises.  A member of the SMPS School Council for five consecutive years, serving as Secretary, Chair and now Treasurer.   As Treasurer, I commit to preparing and maintaining accurate financial records and reports, and ensure transparency of incoming and outgoing school council funds.  I look forward to representing the school in this capacity.

 

BILYANA ANICIC

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Bilyana Anicic

Communications Coordinator/Webmaster
web@smpscouncil.org

Bilyana Anicic, a long-time resident of the Riverside South community, joined the Steve MacLean Parent Council two years ago in a Communications Coordinator/Webmaster role. An Enterprise Architect and active volunteer with The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), where she serves on the Board of Directors, Bilyana brings to the Council a passion for information management, effective communications and stakeholder engagement. In her role on the Council, Bilyana is hoping to improve communication with and the engagement of the parent community by improving council’s web presence.

 

SARAH BLACKADDER

Pizza Lady
pizza@smpscouncil.org

Sarah has lived in Riverside South for more than 12 years. She has previously served as a Board Member for a local Cooperative Nursery School, and she decided to join the Steve MacLean School Council now that both of her children attend the school. In addition to being a Leader of a local Sparks (Girl Guides of Canada) group, Sarah strives to be involved in the school lives of her children. Sarah is confident that being part of School Council will complement her involvement within the community.

 

MONICA COYNE

Monica Coyne

Parent-at-Large
parents@smpscouncil.org

Monica Coyne joined the Steve MacLean Parent Council as secretary this year after attending meetings and volunteering at school council activities over the last few years. A resident of the Riverside South community for over 10 years, Monica is also the Ottawa Chapter Chair of VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children and has experience with the Ottawa Carleton Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). She believes that Riverside South community has something special and that our schools are the foundation as our community continues to grow.

 

SHAWNA-MARIE GIRN

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Shawna-Marie Girn

Secretary
secretary@smpscouncil.org

Shawna-Marie is a proud mother of three children at Steve MacLean, in grades 2, 4, and 5. She considers it a joy and a privilege to be involved in their school life. She has been the Volunteer Coordinator on the council for the past four years as well as a regular volunteer with their teachers, and for one year worked as a Lunchtime Monitor where she got to meet and befriend many of the students. Outside of school she coaches her kid’s softball teams, and volunteers her time wherever else it is needed. Her goal every year is to get one more new face out to the council meetings, and to encourage many more parents to become involved in whatever way they can. She is grateful and thankful for her regular volunteer parents who devote their time willingly, and in turn make her job that much more enjoyable. Shawna-Marie looks forward to the years ahead with her hard working and committed council members.

 

JESSICA BRANDON-JEPP

Jessica Brandon-Jepp

OCASC Representative
ocasc-rep@smpscouncil.org

Jessica is new to the SMPS community and is the proud ‘bonus-mom’ of two amazing boys who began attending SMPS this year. Jessica and her partner Neil have been impressed by the warmth and openness of the SMPS community and look forward to meeting other parents in the school community. She hopes to strengthen the ties between the SMPS community and other parent councils, as well as the school board, in her role as the OCASC Representative. A lifelong volunteer, Jessica is excited to be more involved in the school lives of her boys and put her time and energy towards supporting the staff, students and families of SMPS. If you see her around, please stop to say hello!

 

HEATHER THOM

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@smpscouncil.org