Over the years, the Island Pacific School Society has been very fortunate to continually attract a diverse range of board members who bring strong qualifications, a wide range of skills and experience, and most importantly, a deep interest in education and student development. Our passionate Board ensures that IPS is focused on the Big Picture. We are as dynamic and innovative today as we were the day we started, over 20 years ago.
IPS has developed its own distinctly different identity based on strong values, an amazing staff, a unique liberal arts curriculum, continual educational innovation, and a culture based on the guiding principle that “Middle School Matters Most”; its ongoing evolution is thanks to exceptional staff, parents, alumni, community and a strong culture of volunteering. The Board has enjoyed a very productive last year of partnership with outgoing Head, Dr. Ted Spear – a year focused on activating the new strategic plan, working on long-term development and sustainability and creating a culture of philanthropy. We are excited to welcome new Head of School, Scott Herrington to our 2017-18 school year.Rick Brzezowski, IPS Board Chair, 2017-18
Steve is a chartered accountant by trade, residing most of his life in Vancouver. For the past twenty years he has been self-employed working as a consultant and operating two successful start-up companies. Currently he is the President of United World Transportation, a provider of long haul refrigerated transportation.
Steve is married with two active boys and lives in North Vancouver. Steve is very honoured to be nominated for a Director’s position on the Board of Island Pacific School. He is a strong believer in everything that IPS stands for and effectively utilizing those “middle” years to set our kids up for ongoing success in life. He has extensive volunteer experience and believes that he can contribute positively to the success of IPS.
Steve is involved in various sports, loves to travel, and enjoys the outdoors, whether it is on the ocean or in the mountains.
Rick Brzezowski, Chair
Rick was born, raised and spent his first 47 years in the wonderful city of Edmonton. After selling his business, his wife, Arlene, and daughter, Lauren, decided to start a completely new life in Squamish and they have loved every moment of it. Rick has started a new career in land development. He has always been a life long learner and still continues to enjoy learning about science, business and entrepreneurship. His other interests include travel, reading and most outdoor endeavors, especially skiing, biking and hiking. Rick has been involved with several corporate and non-profit boards and hopes that his business experience will be useful.
His family fell under the IPS spell after attending a presentation by Ted. In 2011, daughter Lauren began grade 6, and she still pops out of bed every day and can’t wait to get to school. Her enthusiasm has made Rick want to get involved and ensure the long term future of the IPS community.
Simon Clarke has 2 children currently attending IPS. Fergus in grade 8 and Skye in grade 7. Simon is a big believer in the positive impact that IPS has on its students, not only through the experiences of his own children but also having seen how IPS has helped shape the character and, in particular, the self-belief in several children of close friends. Simon has served on the IPS recruitment committee for the last 2 years and has found the passion and enthusiasm surrounding IPS contagious and very much enjoys being involved.
Simon has worked closely with small to mid-sized organizations both as an adviser and “in-house” throughout his 25 years in business. He has served in senior management roles and on the boards of several companies and has first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges that typically face businesses and is currently providing advice to several companies as a business strategy coach. Simon has an LLB and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen.
Jana and her family have been residents of Bowen Island for the past 10 years, after moving from the lower mainland they chose Bowen because of its accessibility to greater Vancouver, safety, quality of life and its reputation for good schools. She has had one daughter graduate IPS in 2015, another daughter in grade 8 at IPS and twin boys starting school.
“I think Island Pacific School is uniquely positioned in the realm of private schools as to what it offers its students on an individual level and its ability to shape and form the character of their students. Having parents play an active role in the school and their kids education has shown to strengthen the commitment between student, family and teachers.”
Jana’s career has included working with the Senior Vice President of one of Canada’s national banks, administrator of a national non-profit medical association and assisting the Dept. Head in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
David has two children attending Island Pacific School, Eric (grade 8) and Danae (grade 6). Several years ago, David and his wife, Chelsea, attended one of Ted’s presentations which reinforced for them the importance of the middle years, and how IPS’ qualities and programs could provide an environment for their kids to find their way through these crucial years. This special little school has and continues to meet their expectations as they watch their children’s enriched growth and development. And their kids like it at IPS!
David, as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), brings a career of progressively senior management roles in accounting, finance and communications with various natural resource public companies to the board. As a CPA, David believes in applying his experiences in giving back to the communities in which he is connected with, including being Treasurer for various non-profit health and youth sport organizations, mentoring young professionals and coaching youth sports.
Tom Peregoodoff and his wife Corinne Letts have been members of the Island Pacific community since moving back to Vancouver from Singapore in 2012. He is an active volunteer and Chair’s the IPS Risk Committee. Both of his sons are attending IPS, Scott having started in 2013 and Maxim starting grade six in 2014.
Tom is President and CEO with Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. He is also a member of the Sauder School of Business Mining MBA Steering Committee. Prior to re-locating to Vancouver he spent 18 years with BHP Billiton, a multinational mining corporation, 10 of them in overseas locations. The last four he was in a senior executive role with global oversight of mineral exploration activities. Tom has a BSc. In Geophysics from the University of Calgary.
Laura has over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the not-for-profit and post-secondary sectors, nearly half of those years as a Fundraising and Advancement professional. She most recently served as the Director of Advancement at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences where she retired last year due to a chronic medical condition.
Laura has volunteered on numerous committees, has served on four Boards of Directors and is a NCCP certified ringette coach. Her education includes a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from Simon Fraser University.
A native of Vancouver, Laura moved to Bowen Island with her husband Scott, daughter Lola and small brood of pets in 2015. She is delighted to be a part of the IPS community and is eager to contribute to the school as it continues to flourish.
Ted Spear, Ex Officio
Ted Spear is the founding Head of Island Pacific School. He led the school for eleven years, then spent four years working in senior management at two other schools, returning to Island Pacific School in 2011 and retires June 30, 2017. He holds a PhD in Education from UBC and has well over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. He is constantly involved in all aspects of the school, including core philosophy, finance, program development, risk management, student recruitment, staff development, and communications. He likes to play Ultimate when the students let him.
Chris and his wife Anne have been involved with Island Pacific School since their oldest son, Max, first came to the school for grade six in 2011. Max is now an alumnus, and they have two other children at IPS: Jack in grade 9 and James in grade 6. They are strong believers in what the school’s middle years program has to offer students in terms of a sense of community engagement, self, and desire for an “intentional education”.
Chris is an intellectual property lawyer recognized in the World Trademark Reporter 1000 as a leading trademark professional. Chris has experience with large and small non-profit boards that he hopes will be helpful to the IPS community, including experience as Past Chair of the National Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association, representing over 2,000 section members across Canada, and Past President of the Tunstall Bay Community Association.