BCSTA's Board of Directors
BCSTA’s Board of Directors support and advocate for effective public boards of education in BC.
Stephanie Higginson is a trustee in SD68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith). Stephanie is excited to bring her love for public education and advocacy to the BCSTA Board of Directors as 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rick is the past chair of Communities that Care, a mobilization project aimed at preventing six youth health and behavior problems in the Sea to Sky corridor. He is also a past member of Squamish Search and Rescue. Rick has served on the Board of Education in Sea to Sky since 2005, and has been chair for ten years.
As the father of two adult daughters, and grandfather of two grandchildren, Rick loves to be surrounded by his family and friends. Proud to call Brackendale home, Rick resides in the same house he built himself over forty years ago. When not at home, Rick is likely to be found exploring the outdoors. He has a passion for backpacking, hiking and cycling, and recently rode from Canada to Mexico. Other international trips have included racing under sail from Victoria to Maui.
Rick strongly believes that public education is a cornerstone of our democracy and our society, and that effective board governance is our organization’s key asset in supporting students.
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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