What IS a Community School?

Second Street is one of eight Community Schools in Burnaby.  We are still a regular public school, however, being a community school, we have a special belief in, and emphasis on, the value of community involvement.  It is an accessible place where people can volunteer, find support, ideas and new friends.  Community schools offer a variety of programs (after school programs, adult education classes, etc.) and services (help with subsidies, Parks & Recreation, etc.) to meet the needs of the community, from infants to seniors.

Each community school also has a Community School Coordinator who works with the community to develop and support many of the special offerings and programs within the community school.

Please drop by the Community Office to find out more about our school and community, about how we can help you, or how you can get involved!

Community Schools

Second Street Community Council

According to the Community Council’s Constitution, this council was established to:

  1.  assist the school staff in the pursuit of quality education;
  2. foster communication between parents and school;
  3. work for physical, cultural, educational, and recreational improvement within a diverse community;
  4. provide opportunities for all people residing, working or having an interest in the area bordered by Newcombe on the west, 6th Street on the east, 10th Avenue on the south, and on the north by Robert Burnaby Park;
  5. develop and sustain a feeling of community spirit and to utilize the school and neighbourhood facilities for fostering this spirit;
    1. serve as a sponsoring body for community and school activities, events, and programs; and
    2. facilitate coordination and cooperation among agencies and organizations in the delivery of community services.



Second Street Community Council

2015- 2016

(elected representatives)

Chair:  Roger Mlait

Vice-Chair: Laura Ward

Secretary: Karin Bourne

Treasurers: Sarb Basi & Lisa Young

Past Chair:  Jim Senay

Social Convenor: Karin Bourne & Cindy Dyal

Communications & Membership:

Events & Fundraising Contact:

Senior & Eastside Opportunities Society Representative: Georgie Cole

District Advisory Council (DAC): Roger Mlait


Community Council

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday evening each month from 6:30–8:00 pm

  • A blend of parents and community representatives discuss issues that affect the Second Street Community.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!
  • Babysitting is available on request


  • One-To-One Listening & Reading to Children (1/2-1 hour)
  • Help in the library shelving books
  • Help at special events (see below)
  • Recycling Program or organizing the clothing cupboard
  • Food Pickups (donations and events as needed)
  • Delivery of Community Signal Newsletter
  • Fruit and Veggie Program
  • Help with fundraisers
  • If you are interested in volunteering some time to help out with any of these activities or if you are interested in sharing your gifts/talents with the Second Street community, please contact the Community Office at 604.664.8821 or

***Please note that school volunteers will need to fill out a Volunteer Application form and may need to have a Criminal Record Check***