Community Development

The New Westminster School District is committed to Community Development to educate, enable and empower individuals and our community to move through processes that promote change for the benefit of our students and the greater community.

The Community Program Development Officer position was established to play a leadership role in the development of District programming and supports, and to work with multiple community partners to encourage collaborative program development for the benefit of our students, and the community at large.

The position plays a key role within the Student Services department working directly with the Director of Instruction for Student Services in the areas of Early Learning, Life Long Literacy, Community LINK programs (Food and Nutrition and Community Schools), Post Secondary Transitions and a variety of Social Responsibility oriented programming. The position also provides support to Aboriginal Education and Special Education in the development of communication materials and community-based partnerships, and the acquisition of funding.

The Community Program Development Officer is an active member of theDistrict  Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, the District Aboriginal Advisoruy Cmmittee and Distrit Community LINK Committee, and also represents the District at the following community and provincial tables:

  • New Westminster Healthy Community Partnership Committee
  • New Westminster Childhood Development Public Partners Committee
  • KIDS NEW  WEST Child Development Committee
  • New Westminster Community Food Action Committee
  • New Westminster Community Schools Partners Committee
  • New Westminster Homelessness Coalition (Liaison)
  • New Westminster Inter-agency Council
  • Safe Routes to School
  • BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN)

Community Development questions can be directed to Betina Wheeler (formerly Ali), Community Program Development Officer at 604-517-6168 or