2007-2008 Board of Education Goals
Enhancing Communication in our Schools and Community;
Promoting Safe, Healthy and Sustainable Schools;
Providing and Expanding Educational Opportunities for All of Our Learners
Board of Education, from left to right
LORI FIELDING - Representing Area 1, KEN SINNOTT - Representing the Town of Gibsons,
GREG RUSSELL â€“ Representing Area 2, SILAS WHITE - Representing the District of Sechelt,
DAVE MEWHORT â€“ Representing the District of Sechelt, FRAN HEPPELL - Representing Area 2,
JASON SCOTT - Representing Area 2
SILAS WHITE â€“ (Chair) Representing the District of Sechelt
Having graduated from Pender Harbour Secondary in 1995, Silas White is extremely proud to be a product of School District No. 46. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia and then running his award-winning national book publishing company, Nightwood Editions, out of Toronto for four years, he returned to the Sunshine Coast and married his wife Amanda in 2005.
Silas has served on many boards and committees including the Area 'A' Advisory Planning Committee of the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the Board of the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Executive of the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Board of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. He is also a songwriter and musician. Currently he is working on a Masters degree in Public Administration through the University of Victoria. Silas and Amanda have one daughter, Simone.
He was elected to his first term of the board in 2005, and has served as Board Chair since December 2007. Silas believes a most vital level of community building takes place in our schools, a process to which we should all contribute.
KEN SINNOTT â€“ Representing the Town of Gibsons
Ken is the manager of HomeLife Benchmark Realty in Surrey. He has been licensed since 1978 and has his Brokers license since 1994. After a successful sales career, Ken chose to enter the management side of the Real Estate business.Â He has held positions in Branch and regional management, trainer for a national real estate organization, and even had a two and one half year period as a correctional officer in a large prison in the Vancouver area.
Ken has three childrenly currently in the school system. Ken is a Rotarian, past president of Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce, and is always active in the community.
An advocate for all children and parents on the Sunshine Coast, Ken believes we should, not only educate, but prepare our children for productive lives after they leave school.Â Education is a life long process, combining learning with teaching and sharing knowledge and experience with our community.
FRAN HEPPELL â€“ Representing Area 2
Fran Heppell grew up on the Sunshine Coast (attending Port Mellon and Gibsons Elementary Schools) and returned in 1998 after university, travel, work and marriage. Her children were both born in Scotland. They attended primary school in Edinburgh, where Fran worked in an office. Coming to Canada, her children graduated from Elphinstone Secondary School in 2003 and 2007. Fran spent several years caring for her severely disabled husband. Since his death in 2004, she has volunteered in the community as a member of the Ocean Beach Esplanade Stewardship
Committee, Elphinstone Electors and as a driver for the Lunch Bunch program for seniors. She has also been a weather observer for Environment Canada since 1998.
Fran will always strive to provide the best educational experience for the students in this school district and will listen to the concerns of students, parents and teachers.
DAVE MEWHORT â€“ Representing the District of Sechelt
Dave Mewhort has been a resident of the Sunshine Coast since 1974. Over the years Dave has run for, and been elected to, the school board five times. Before arriving on the Coast, Dave graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Mathematics and later received an HBA in Mathematics and Sociology.
After receiving these degrees, he traveled the world visiting 35 countries during the next two and one half years. After moving to Sechelt, Dave became a social worker and the Director of the Wilson Creek Family Centre (a residential treatment centre for emotionally disturbed children). As Director, Dave was a founding member and President of the Federation of Private Child Care Agencies of BC and the author of the first ever set of Standards of Care for children in care in the province of British Columbia.
Over the years, Dave has held a variety of positions with the School Board and has chaired many Committees including Bargaining, Policy and Transportation. He has also been the Provincial Councillor and more recently, the BCPSEA representative and Vice-Chair of the Board of School Trustees.
Dave has two grown children who have gone through our school district. He is married to Sue Thompson, owner and operator of Sew Easy in Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt.
LORI PRATT â€“ (Vice-Chair) Representing Area 1
Lori Fielding grew up in Alberta, moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1994. She was a "stay at home" mom for many years, enjoying the early years of her children's development. Lori is a proud mom of three girls, all of whom are enrolled in Pender Harbour schools. She has been an active member of the Parent Advisory Councils at those schools, as well as being a contract coordinator for the Pender Harbour Community School. Lori has volunteered in many aspects of her community. She is currently employed at Painted Boat Resort as a front desk
Administrator and Sales Assistant.
Lori has always felt that it is important to be involved in her children's schooling and hopes that she can encourage more parents to take an active role in their children's educational careers. She looks forward to the new challenge that being a member of the Board of Education entails.
GREG RUSSELL â€“ Representing Area 2
Greg Russell has been a resident of Roberts Creek since 1996. As "The Gentleman Gardener," he has received many awards for his landscaping work and gardening skills. Greg is married to Carola Russell, the owner of Carola's Quilt Shop in Gibsons. They have one daughter, a 2005 graduate of Elphinstone Secondary School. Greg served on the Parent Advisory Councils at Roberts Creek Elementary and at Elphinstone Secondary for nine years.
Greg continues to be a community volunteer at those schools. He has been a council member on the Gibsons/Elphinstone Community School Council since 2001. He also is a member of the Bell Walk for "Kids Help Phone" committee of the Sunshine Coast, serves as the Roberts Creek representative on the (South Coast) Community Policing Consultative Group, is the chair of the Sunshine Coast Youth Awareness Committee and is a member of the "Communities In Bloom" committee for the Town of Gibsons. In 2007, Greg was honoured by the Town of Gibsons for his volunteer service to the community.
First elected to the Board of Education in 2002, Greg was re-elected in 2005 and again in 2008 in Rural Area 2, representing Areas D, E and F and the S.I.G.D. He served as Board Chair in 2006 and 2007.
JASON SCOTT â€“ Representing Area 2
Jason is the proud father of two young children and is intent on ensuring that our schools are safe and healthy places that promote learning for all students.
Jason has a wealth of experience directly supporting children, youth and families, and has been a constant advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society. As a School Trustee, he continues to advocate for what is best for children and families in our community, ensuring that children are the first priority.
Jason believes that Boards of Education serve the public and encourages public participation. You can check out his website here: http://jscott46.wordpress.com/
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