Parent Volunteer Association

Hello, Selwyn House Parents!
The start of the 2020-2021 year will be like no other. Normally, the Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) would be busy organizing welcome-back events and introducing new parents to the school and the wonderful world of volunteering at Selwyn! As you can see from the information below, we have many different opportunities that parents can be involved in at the school. This year, however, we will have to put our involvement in the school on hold until the COVID-19 situation allows us to get back into the school. 

Our goal is always to help create a strong parent body that feels connected to the school. We will be working on remote activities to make those connections, and will send updates soon! 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us for anything—questions, concerns, suggestions or anything! We're all here for you and can't wait to meet you in person soon!


The Parent Volunteer Association helps the school by providing support to classroom and school activities. There are so many ways to get involved and the help is always very much appreciated.  It’s fun and a great way to meet other parents. Some of the areas where volunteers are required are listed here. If you are interested in helping out, please email the contact person listed below.  If you would like to know more about the Parent Volunteer Association at Selwyn, please contact the Chair of the PVA, Karen Anderson,


Contact: Nathalie Gervais,  
Volunteers are needed to welcome potential new families at various events organized by the Admissions Office. Admission volunteers also welcome new families at the New Parents’ Reception and provide a “buddy system” for them for the upcoming year.


Contact: Business Office, Pia Lalli,  
Volunteers are needed throughout the year to work weekly two-hour shifts. Additional volunteers also provide assistance with the physical inventory, receiving stock, restocking shelves and providing additional sales support during busier seasons.


Elementary School – Anne Garschagen,
Middle and Senior School – Karen Anderson,
These volunteers represent the parents of students in a particular class and provide a line of communication with the class teachers. Teachers have a variety of support requests and needs. Class parents may be asked to assist with the following activities: classroom decorating, facilitating class-related outings, carpool arrangements and parent get-togethers, assisting with school photos and vaccinations and involvement in special events.


Contact : Krystal DuBose,
Volunteers are needed to decorate the front entrance, main hallways and the Rossy Agora to mark the various seasons and/or holidays. Several display cases also need to be decorated with archival materials and posters before major school events.


Contact: Librarian Carol-Ann Hoyte,
Volunteers assist by shelving books, repairing books before professional re-binding, maintaining and creating displays and bulletin boards, entering data for cataloguing, and correcting database errors.
A plant caretaker is also needed to water plants once a week and to provide general maintenance such as re-potting.


Contact: Valerie Menard,
This is great job for Kindergarten to Grade 1 parents who will enjoy seeing their sons at lunch! It’s also a great way to meet other parents in the school. Volunteers are needed to help serve lunch to Kindergarten to Grade 1 boys.


Volunteers are needed to coordinate and offer support for a wide array of school activities and special events throughout the year. These events include:
Gryphon Sales: (October, January & May) Volunteers gather, sort and sell second-hand uniform items during the Gryphon Sale. All proceeds go towards the Scholarship Fund. Contact: Joyce McCauley, 
Elementary School Play: (December) Working with new play director Ryan Kennedy, volunteers help to create sets and costumes, find props and apply makeup for the performances. Contact: Ryan Kennedy, 
Teacher Appreciation: Volunteers are needed to help make this activity extra special for teachers. New ideas for ways to appreciate the faculty and staff are always welcome. Parents are needed to bake or cook for the potluck lunch. Contact: Laura Osborne,
Senior School Service Day: A day of community service amongst various Montreal organizations for Grade 11 students.  Contact: TBD
Annual CRC Robotics Competition: (February) Senior School parents are needed to help supervise the SHS robotics team during the event. Contact: Tom Downey,  
Art Aide: Working with our art teacher, volunteers are needed to post artwork, prepare materials and gloss or varnish items. Contact: Catherine Dupras,
Judging: Volunteers are needed to judge science fairs, debating and public speaking events.  When judges are required, a notice will be put in the weekly update.

Cultural Liaison: Danping Shi,

Executive Committee

Karen Anderson
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

Anne Garschagen
Elementary Class Parent Coordinator

Joyce McCauley
Gryphon Sale
Krystal DuBose
Decorating and School Beautification

Anne-Valerie Menard
Lunch Duty Coordinator

Laura Osborne
Back to School Coffee
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

Danping Shi
Cultural Liaison

Kimberly Auclair
Selwyn On-Staff Coordinator
Volunteer Appreciation Tea