Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

What is the PIC?

The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is comprised of parents, community members and Ottawa-Carleton District Board (OCDSB) staff. At the OCDSB, PIC’s primary objective is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement across the District in order to improve student achievement and well-being. By providing information, advice and recommendations on parent engagement to the Board of Trustees, PIC members can serve as an essential advisory body within the District. Below are some activities that PIC members may find themselves undertaking:

  • Advising the Board of Trustees and the Director of Education on strategies and initiatives to enhance parent engagement in improving student achievement and well-being; 
  • Collaborating with school councils, partners and agencies to assist parents in supporting student learning at school and at home;
  • Collaborating with school councils and the OCDSB Family and Engagement Coordinator (FACE) on outreach to parents while recognizing the barriers of time, language, recent immigration, socio-economic status, unfamiliarity with the system, or other factors; and
  • Participating in the promotion, development, and implementation of grant applications and projects funded under the Ministry of Education (MOE) Parents Reaching Out (PRO) program.

For a deeper understanding of the PIC and the OCDSB, please browse the resource links to the left of the page.

2023-2024 PIC Members
Only the parent members and community representatives are voting members.



Diana Mills

Parent (Chair)

Calla Barnett

Parent (Vice-Chair)

Alexandra Arraiz


Vicki Arkinstall


Tabassum Khan


Seyi Okuribido-Malcolm


Mohammed Saleem


Claudine Santos


Alison Telford


Scott Walker


Adriana Johnston

Ottawa Network for Education Community, Primary (ONFE)

Kristina Price

Ottawa Network for Education Community, Primary (ONFE) Alternate

Fartun Farah

Centre for Resilience and Social Development (CRSD) Primary

Alison Kinahan

Parents for Diversity Primary (P4D)

PIC Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend PIC meetings. The Committee meets at least six times per year, on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, 133 Greenbank Road. Click here for a link to the OCDSB meeting calendar page, or see the list of 2023 to 2024 meetings below:

  • September 13, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • November 22, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • April 17, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
PIC Membership

Each fall the PIC must hold an annual membership campaign to fill one and two year member vacancies. Information on how to apply and the dates associated with the application period will be posted here and in other District communication tools.  

Members are chosen from the OCDSB community and appointed for a one or two year term. PIC members must have a strong interest in and commitment to public education and represent the views of a diverse range of parents. The Committee can have up to 18 members, the majority of which must be parents.

Contact Us

  • Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

    133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa ON, K2H 6L3
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