Board of Directors
In response to being elected President of the BCSTA in 2017, he made the following statement. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for the trust they’ve placed in me and the board of directors. BCSTA is bigger than the sum of our parts – our strength is in our diversity, and we look forward to representing our local communities and addressing the particular needs of students across the province.”
Stephanie Higginson is a trustee in SD68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith) where she is vice-chairperson of the board. Stephanie is excited to bring her love for public education and advocacy to the BCSTA Board of Directors as vice-president.
Stephanie is a former high school teacher and educational researcher with a master’s in educational studies focusing in social justice in education. Her areas of interest in education are vast and broad. They include, but are not limited to, governance structures that strengthen public education, equity in education, collaborative inquiry in teacher professional development and nature based education.
Stephanie and her family live outside of Nanaimo where they operate a small farm and maple syrup production business. Stephanie’s passion for public education is deeply personal as she is mom to two school aged boys who are just beginning their educational journey in BC’s public schools.
Valerie is in her twentieth year as a trustee for school district 74 (Gold Trail) whose Indigenous student enrollment is close to 60%. She currently sits as co-chair of the board. In the past, Valerie enjoyed sitting as a BCSTA director, a member of, and board liaison to, the BCSTA Indigenous Education Committee and board liaison to the BCSTA Finance & Audit Committee.
Education is a passion for Valerie and she believes that all students, given the proper education and high expectations, have the potential to graduate and succeed. She is a firm believer in public education and would not have wanted any of her children to graduate from any other system.
Tim’s passion is driven by a desire to build a stronger community and public education system for his two young boys.
A mother of two teenaged children, Carolyn is passionate about public education and believes that we need to continue to work to ensure that every student in our K-12 system gets the support and individualized attention they need to reach their full potential.
Mike retired from his previous career as general manager of community development, parks and recreation for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in 2010 and has served as the president / director of numerous local, regional and provincial nonprofit boards since 1974.
Mike and his wife Nancy enjoy their four grandchildren who are just entering the public school system, are active participants as hosts and counsellors in the Rotary International Youth Exchange program and enjoy spending time at Timothy Lake in the Caribou region of BC.
Donna has been the co-chair of the BCSTA Election Engagement Committee, BCSTA Indigenous Education Committee Board liaison and an ELL Consortium member. She has been school district 38’s chair and vice-chair, and has served on many committees. She is actively involved with the Metro Branch.
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