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, while still delivering exceptional learning experiences through a strong school administration and faculty foundation. We are as dynamic and innovative today as we were the day we started, 25 years ago. Read the Executive Summary of our Strategic Plan.
At Island Pacific School, we have a 25 year history of doing a few things really really well. First and foremost, we allow middle school students, at a crucial time in their lives, to explore who they are and what their passions are. We ask them: Who are you as an individual? What values drive you? How are you connected to your community and the larger world?
In addition to posing these larger questions of kids, our remarkable teachers challenge them intellectually, socially and physically with a number of extensions throughout the year. From climbing a rock face to raising funds to address youth homelessness to tackling difficult polynomial equations, IPS teachers strive constantly to encourage students to take on personal challenges and test their limits — ultimately bolstering their sense of warranted confidence. It is remarkable to watch.
Finally, at IPS, we know how to have fun. The zany energy of middle schoolers is legendary; we see it as a strength to be harnessed as a force for good in the world. Buttressed by our core values of Wisdom, Courage and Integrity, kids are encouraged to express the full scope of who they are.
Our Board of Directors comprises talented, values-driven, and committed leaders from various sectors. This depth of experience has enabled us to support our incredible Head of School, Scott Herrington, to lead his staff to act nimbly in the face of the extraordinary challenge of the global pandemic. Their resilience and skill have created a gold standard distance learning platform to help guide our students through this tumultuous time. And we are becoming stronger and better able to navigate the demands of 21st century learning because of this effort.
I am humbled and delighted to be part of our community of learners and leaders. Please reach out if I can be of service or if you have any questions about our school. I look forward to chatting with you!
The Annual Report 2018/19
1. Equip & Inspire
2. Program Excellence
3. IPS Forever
Island Pacific School is an independent middle school that equips and inspires students to cultivate their humanity at this pivotal point in their lives. We are an educational community that fosters intellectual engagement, citizenship, leadership and self-confidence.
Island Pacific School will be widely recognized as a distinctly different, innovative leader of program excellence in middle school education.
Board Members, 2019-20
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 3 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.
Chris has two children attending Island Pacific School, Harrison (grade 9) and Malcolm (grade 7). Chris, his wife Karen and boys moved to Bowen several years ago and the attraction to IPS was a major factor in their move. They loved IPS’s sole focus on the informative middle years program and had similar ideals that middle school mattered and these years would be foundational to the growth and development of their two boys. After thee years at IPS they see the confidence and camaraderie their boys have developed through meaningful planned interactions with their peers.
Chris, is a Mining Engineer (P.Eng) and currently is a General Manager of a large project who brings a career of progressive senior management roles in projects, community development with various natural resource public companies and community board experience to the IPS board. As an engineer, Chris believes every opportunity is a chance to learn and is an avid supporter of the schools out trips. Chris also serves as a risk champion for IPS and provides guidance to the Board and School Head on opportunities to continually review and improve safety standards.
Scott Herrington, Head of School
Scott joined IPS as the Head of School in July, 2017. Over the course of his 27 years in education he has had the pleasure and privilege to teach at some remarkable schools. His career began at the Peace Zone International School in Kathmandu, Nepal (while backpacking through Asia) and then more formally at Crystal Park School in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The next 16 years were at the American School of Dubai where he taught in the middle school classroom for nine years before taking over the role of Recreation Director for seven years. The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia was his last overseas assignment where he held the roles IB MYP Coordinator, CIS/NEASC Accreditation Officer, and Activities Director.
Scott is a life long learner, an avid Ultimate player and loves to travel and explore this amazing planet.
Ian and his wife Julie were initially drawn to IPS for its focus on the crucial middle school years. The mission statement of ‘equip and inspire’ resonates with them. They have two daughters at IPS (Phoebe and Charlotte) and they have been thoroughly impressed by the impact that IPS has had on their girls. The IPS teachers, students and parent community continue to inspire them.
Originally from Ontario, Ian moved to Vancouver for the outdoor lifestyle. He is trained as a lawyer and has spent his career working in senior corporate roles. He has decades of experience with the acquisition and operation of businesses both big and small. Ian and his family live on the North Shore and are passionate about the west coast lifestyle and pursuing outdoor challenges.
Ian is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Shahrooz Nabavi is a partner in the Vancouver office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, practicing as a corporate commercial and corporate finance lawyer primarily working with innovation based companies. Shahrooz grew up in Calgary, Alberta where he started his middle school education in grade 7 and completed his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Calgary and practiced in Calgary for 5 years before coming to Vancouver in 2008 with his wife Alexa and then 2 kids, Leila and Cyrus, who are both IPS students this year. Shahrooz, Alexa and their 3 kids live in North Vancouver and he spends his free time attempting to play the various sports his kids are involved in, and cycling and running. Shahrooz’s interest in IPS comes from seeing his daughter’s growth over the past 3 years at IPS and the attitude of engaged citizenship and focus on academic growth that the school has instilled in her.
John and his wife Kim were introduced to the IPS community in 2015, and the following year their son Nicko joined the school as a sixth grader. The IPS experience has been fruitful for the whole family, delivering notable benefits for Nicko during these formative years, and starting many new friendships from the mosaic of IPS families.
John is excited about the prospect of participating on the Board of Island Pacific School, and he hopes to bring to the table his experience as a leader and manager of businesses & people. He was born and raised in Vancouver, completed his BA at SFU, and moved to the North Shore in 2004. John spent ten years in the Pattison Group, working in two different divisions in an array of positions, including Vice President, before moving on to become President and part owner for 11 years at Ames Tile & Stone – the top tile distributor in western Canada. John recently left Ames to explore entrepreneurship, which is taking form in the field of property investment.
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.
Karen and her husband Jeff were introduced to the IPS community through past families who had sent their children to IPS after years at North Star Montessori Elementary school. It was clear that the IPS environment was unique and the children who attended loved their school. Their goal as parents was to seek a school environment with teachers who would continue to foster the love of learning which was nurtured in their two boys from a young age, and allow for a unique education which stretched beyond the walls of the school and the basic curriculum.
Karen & Jeff’s two sons Jacob and Adam joined the school in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and are currently in grades 9 & 7.
Karen was born and raised in North Vancouver, completed her B. Comm at UBC, articled at Ernst & Young in Vancouver while earning her CA designation, and after relocating for 12 years to Bermuda she returned “home” with her family to the North Shore in 2009. Karen spent the years in Bermuda working in the offshore investment industry, with the majority of the time spent working for Jupiter Asset Management (Bermuda) Ltd. as the Head of Fund Operations and as a Director, and once resettled in Vancouver spent several years as a consultant to Bermuda based Investment Management Companies and subsequently 6 years with Orbis Investments Limited, where she was able to continue to employ her international relationships, tax and audit experience, and operational expertise.
Karen is excited about the prospect of participating on the Board of Island Pacific School, and hopes to contribute through her love for organization, thoroughness, details and experience as a former auditor, operational head and Director.
Chris Wilson, Ex Officio
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 and middle son Jack are now alumni, and James is in grade 9. 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.
Elizabeth Wooding, Board Chair
Since first reading Ted Spear’s message about the purpose of IPS, to ultimately sending all four of our children to Island Pacific School, my partner, Simon, and I have been delighted to watch our children grow as individuals through their middle school years. Our three eldest have now graduated and our youngest is in grade 8 this year. I have seen firsthand how IPS excels at encouraging students to step up to the challenges and responsibilities offered them and am now pleased to have the privilege to serve on the Board as Chair.
Although trained as a dentist, my background was in French literature both in undergraduate and graduate training programs at UBC. I have served on two other boards – the West Van Youth Band and the Adler Center in Vancouver. Currently, my interests centre around education and community, as well as writing — and when I’m feeling brave — a bit of live theatre!
Our independent middle school is a non-profit, which is different than a private middle school. We embrace the opportunities we have as an independent school with an arms-length Board of Governors dedicated to supporting an innovative and evolving middle school program. Not all independent schools or private schools meet rigorous and defined education standards. Our school is an accredited CAIS school and International Baccalaureate (IB) Global School teaching the Middle Years Programme (MYP). We’ve been accredited since 2009.