Community Schools are regular schools with a special belief in, and emphasis on, the value of community involvement.

A Community School is open to everyone in the neighbourhood. It’s a neighbourhood hub where people can go to make new friends, develop and grow. It’s a place where children, students, staff, families, residents, agencies and local businesses come together to build a strong and caring community.

Each Community School is supported by a Community Council with broad local representation. The Council promotes the exchange of ideas, identifies local needs, and participates in solving issues of local concern. Each school also has a coordinator who facilitates and matches needs to available resources to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Burnaby’s Community Schools are an integral part of the public education system. They are operated by the Burnaby Board of Education in partnership with the City of Burnaby, the Ministry of Education and local community residents.

A Community School has unique programming designed to meet the specific educational, recreational and social needs of the neighbourhood it serves.

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Community Schools offer:

  • early learning programs for families (StrongStart Early Learning Centres, Preschools & child care)
  • coordination of agency services for children and families
  • youth activities and leadership training
  • adult continuing education classes
  • support for new immigrant families
  • summer programs for all ages
  • celebrations, events and projects to connect the community
  • volunteer opportunities

A Community School:

  • opens the school as a centre for community participation and services
  • maximizes the use of local public school facilities and develops the school as a community resource
  • develops, integrates and coordinates programs and services
  • fosters communication between school and community
  • enriches learning through formal and informal activities
  • empowers residents to address community concerns
  • creates a sense of community


The Edmonds Community Room is a place for parents, families and community members to meet and interact. Free coffee and tea, computer use, internet access and printing are available for parents during regular school hours. Toys, books and a small play area are also available for small children.

The Community Room is also home to a variety of community services. Friday morning food distribution, an emergency food cupboard and school supplies for newcomers are all available for families in need. A clothing and household items exchange is also run by the Community Office in an adjacent storage area. This exchange room is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. There is no charge for any item. If you have clean clothing or gently used household items to donate, please talk to the coordinator or office assistant before dropping them off.


Burnaby StrongStart BC programs provide rich learning environments designed for early
learning development. All StrongStart Educators are qualified early childhood
educators and take great pride in providing high quality, engaging and accessible
learning environments where children ages 0 to 5 years explore, wonder, make friends,
and interact with others of similar ages.
Come and join us to learn new ways to support your children’s learning, get information
about community programs and services, and make valuable connections with others
attending the program.
There is no cost to attend a StrongStart BC Centre but the parent/caregiver is required
to remain with their child and fully participate in the program.
To ensure high quality programs and safe standards of practice many of our centres are
catchment only and/or limit family attendance to 2 or 3 days a week.
To avoid overcrowding, we ask families to follow the attendance guidelines that have
been set up at the StrongStart Centre that you attend.
Additional closures are posted at each centre.
If you would like to register for StrongStart please visit the centre closest to you.

The StrongStart Centre at Edmonds Community School, is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 103.

StrongStart Educator: Maria Kerekes

Phone: 604-296-9021




The Community Council oversees all of the work from committees and groups attached to the Edmonds community. At Council meetings, parents and community representatives voice their opinions about issues that affect the Edmonds Community. All are welcome!

Council Executive

Chair: Maria Gunner

Treasurer: Rocio Aguirre

Council Meetings  

The Edmonds Community Council meets after each month’s Celebration of Learning assembly at 3:00pm in the Edmonds School staff room. Please join us if you are interested in planning and implementing community initiatives.


If you need specific information about any of our programs or services, or have general questions, please call, email or drop by the community room. We would love to meet you!

John Nanson (604-833-4190)

Community School Coordinator

Linda Zimmerman (604-296-9012) Ext. 629011

Community Office Support

Dave Kumar

Connect Worker (604-839-3811)