Parents' Committee

Education is a shared partnership between parents and Ashbury College.

The Ashbury Parents' Committee (PC) acts as an advisory group and sounding board for the Head of School, Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, Head of Senior School and the Head of Junior School. It provides a vital link between the school and the parent community by:

  • providing the administration with advice and support on issues pertaining to Ashbury's core values: academic excellence, community, character development, personal growth and international engagement;
  • facilitating good communication within the school community;
  • coordinating information-sharing events to foster communication between the College and the parent community;
  • organizing and providing volunteers for the new parent orientation and open house events. 

The PC membership includes the Head of School, Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, Head of Senior School and Head of Junior School as well as Ashbury parents representing each grade of the Junior and Senior Schools and Boarding community. Incoming members are selected in April from a list of nominees and are appointed for a term of up to four years. All parents of Ashbury students who are independent of the daily operation of the school can apply for committee membership by contacting the current Chair.

PC sub-committees work on specific projects and tasks throughout the year. A representative of the Parents’ Committee sits on and acts as liaison with other Ashbury Committees and Boards such as the Guild, the Board of Governors, the Advancement Committee, the Food Committee and the Green Committee.

Monthly meetings are held throughout the school year. All parents are invited to attend town hall meetings, which are held twice a year, and include guest presentations on topics of interest to the parent community. Minutes for all past PC meetings are posted for all parents to review.

Please contact any member of the PC Executive if you have any questions or suggestions.



Parents Committee Executive

Melynda Layton, Chair
Ishrat Balaa, Vice Chair
Sarah Waters, Secretary
Montserrat Bouvier, Past Chair

Parents Committee Members

Junior School:

  • Nicole Ye
  • Tina Fallis
  • Mei Xie
  • Parmoun Eatemadi
  • Carolyn Tharson 
  • Elena Gonzalez
  • Colleen Acharya

Senior School: 

  • Chigozie Maidoh 
  • Esperance Niyonkuro   
  • Amparo Oviedo 
  • Jacqui Wilson
  • Sarah Waters 
  • Gail Silver 
  • Doug Cochen 
  • Sandra Ballarte

PC Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 Careerscope
  • Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 Town Hall
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 Parentscope
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020



Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724