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, over 20 years ago. Read the Executive Summary of our Strategic Plan.
IPS continues to maintain its distinct identity built on a liberal arts foundation and innovation in education led by our remarkable Head of School, Scott Herrington. Scott joined IPS last year to great acclaim and is supported by the exceptional teachers and staff, parents, alumni and community together with the strong culture of volunteering and philanthropy at the school. The Board works closely with the Head and for the 2018-2019 year will continue to focus on tuning and executing the IPS strategic plan including three core values: providing engineered experiences to equip and inspire students in the most important middle school years; continuing program excellence through innovation; and the long-term sustainability of the school and its vision through the Bridge to the Future development program.Chris Wilson, IPS Board Chair, 2018-19
The Annual Report 2017/18
1. Equip & Inspire
We provide engineered experiences designed to equip and inspire adolescents at a critical moment in their development. We encourage students to cultivate their humanity during their crucial middle years – a time when we can either lose students or set them up for the rest of their lives. Middle School matters and kids like it here.
2. Program Excellence
We are middle school experts building innovative programs that support a true liberal arts foundation with the best of new education technologies. We are distinctly different and other schools follow our lead.
3. IPS Forever
We recognize the importance of the long-term sustainability of IPS and we will create a development and alumni engagement plan that will secure the financial foundation of IPS. Our plan will ensure that we can continue to fund innovative programming and financial aid at our well-equipped small by design campus on Bowen Island.
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, 2018-19
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, Ex-Officio
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 at IPS, and she still pops out of bed every day and can’t wait to get to school, now at Brentwood College School. Her enthusiasm has made Rick want to get involved and ensure the long term future of the IPS community.
Brad Carter has spent more than 15 years exploring the impact of technology on society and, in particular, K12 education. His global travels, which include leading an international student body and faculty around the world, have given him a broad perspective on schools and schooling. He is an experienced school administrator, teacher and public speaker and has presented internationally as a keynoter and workshop leader. Brad is a National Development Executive with Apple education. His work there focusses on the strategic development of technology and on improving the collective adaptive capacity of schools.
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.
During four years of learning and sharing the IPS story as their Director of Communication and Marketing, Kristin has watched the IPS community consistently equip and inspire middle school kids to “express the very best of what it means to be human.” Her daughter Oceana will start at IPS in 2018. She lives with her husband and two girls on Bowen Island.
Kristin is a business consultant specializing in engagement, change management and communication. Her fifteen-year consulting practice, providing project management and training development to private businesses and non-profit organizations, evolved after several leadership positions in Retail Banking. Kristin has crafted strategy and communication plans for several non-profits, including Island Pacific School. She is passionate about people and education and is a serial volunteer and active fundraiser on Bowen Island and beyond. She has served on on many boards during her career and as a parent, most recently as Chair of the B.I. Community School Association.
Scott Herrington, Ex Officio
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.
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.
Chris Wilson, Chair
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.
Since first reading Ted Spear’s message about the mission of IPS, my partner, Simon, and I have had the pleasure of sending all four of our kids to Island Pacific School. Our two oldest have now graduated and our two youngest will be moving into grade 9 and grade 9 this coming year. I have seen firsthand how IPS excels at passing important educational skills and values to students during their middle school years and am now pleased to have the privilege of serving on the board.
Although trained as a dentist, my background was in French literature both in undergraduate and graduate training programs at UBC. I have served some time on a couple of boards – the West Van Youth Band and the Adler Center in Vancouver. Currently, my interests center on the performing arts both in writing and performing (looking forward to my improv classes on Granville Island this fall!)
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.