About Community Schools


Below are a couple of videos produced by the District explaining Community Schools in Burnaby

What is a Community School?

Community schools are regular schools with a special belief in, and emphasis on, the value of community involvement. As a result of this emphasis and special funding, Gilmore has a dedicated Community Office staffed by Mr. Mischa Greenwood, the Community School Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating community programs and services in the school for all age groups. These programs include after school activities for students, evening education and recreational programs for adults, and early learning programs for toddlers.

The Community Office is also staffed by Ms. Michelle Dahl, the Office Assistant, who supports the Community School Coordinator, Parent Council sponsored events, and the evening adult education programs.

The Community Office also provides information on family resources that take place in our school and in the local community, including free and low cost programs, health programs, volunteer opportunities, and subsidies available for families of low income. Stop by the office or call anytime. Mr. Greenwood and Ms. Dahl would love to talk with you.



We believe that it really does take a community to raise a child.  Therefore, we strive to support both the child and his/her family so that each student has the best chance to be successful in school and in life.

Contact us if you need help connecting with community resources or getting the right information.  You or your child can also access the following services at our Community Office:

  • Emergency Lunch: We have basic ingredients to make a sandwich for any student who doesn’t have lunch on a given day
  • School Supplies: We have free backpacks, binders, duotang books, pencils, felt markers, and more!
  • Food Cupboard: We have a small stock of non-perishable food items for Gilmore families who need a little extra items for their own cupboards. Call ahead or drop by. No registration required.


The following are a list of services and resources that families may be interested in (further information can be obtained in the Community Room office):


The Burnaby Christmas Bureau offers gifts to the children 16 years and under, of families with low income.

Registration takes place November 1st – December and toy pick up in December at a designated location


– Burnaby families with children 16 years and younger

– Income Assistance or family with low-income

The Burnaby Camping Bureau provides subsidies for Burnaby children with low income the opportunity to attend the summer camp of their choice. Along with our maximum subsidy of $175.00. They have partnerships with camps that match our dollars, allowing children the opportunity to attend a camp their families otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

Registration begins in begins on May 1st.

To qualify you must be a residents of Burnaby, have children aged between 5 and 16 years, and are low income but are NOT receiving income assistance*.

*If you are on income assistance, please apply for the Camp Fees program through the Ministry of Social Development.


  • Healthy Kids Program: The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eyewear for their children. Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health Services.
  • Global Family Care Clinic: just opened up on Edmonds and Kingsway for new Refugee or Immigrant families to Canada in the past 3 years that do not have a family doctor yet. It is fantastic! Check out the following:
  1. Information about the Clinic – GFCC_Clinic_Info_2013_email
  2. Frequently asked questions – GFCC_FAQS_2013_email
  3. Referral Forms for the Clinic – 2013 07 19 Global Family CareClinic Referral form circulation  


KidSport™ Burnaby makes it possible for more children to participate in organized sports. Through the KidSport™ Burnaby Fund, money is raised and allocated to children and youth in the Burnaby community who would otherwise not be able to participate in sports due to financial reasons.

Jumpstart helps kids between the ages of 4 to 18 by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.

The  Recreation Credit Program, a program of the  City of Burnaby, provides a credit to Burnaby residents in financial need. The credit can be used at any Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Culture facility for programs and admissions including programs they run in schools. You must apply each year.

You will need to order a C-Print from Revenue Canada (1-800-959-8281 Press *to speak with an operator)



We are here to help. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides a two-day food supplement to thousands of people each week by way of 15 depots located throughout Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore. In order to receive assistance, a valid piece of government-issued ID must be presented along with a piece of mail with a current address. If you live with anyone else at the same address, please bring ID for each person in the household.

Due to confidentiality and security reasons, we are unable to provide a list of our food distribution depots, however please contact the main office at 604.876.3601 and we will be happy to connect you with the location of the depot nearest to you.

*Please save your income tax papers each year. These are important to register for Parks, Recreation; Cultural Services Credits, Burnaby Christmas Bureau, and summer camp subsidies. You will need to order a C-Print from Revenue Canada (1-800-959-8281 Press *to speak with an operator).

For a list of programs and opportunities for above click here: http://www.sd41.bc.ca/community/