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By Arusha Vegt, Development Director

Dr. David Ward playing foosball with secondary students

Dr. David Ward has taken on the

new role of superintendent at John

Knox Christian School this year. With

700 students, 110 staff, and two growing

campuses, this is a vital role as JKCS

looks ahead to a future that is firmly

rooted in God’s word and prepares

students for a life of service and

transformation. Along with the addition

of the new role of superintendent, the

JKCS administration team has grown

with some familiar faces and some

wonderful new additions.

David’s lengthy post-secondary

education started at Trinity Western

University and ended with a PhD from

UBC. Before joining the JKCS community

5 years ago, David was the director of the

elementary education program at Lewis

and Clark College in Portland, Oregon

where he taught literacy courses while

also observing teachers and schools

across the state.

Having made his home in North

Vancouver with his wife Ariana, a BC

crown prosecutor, David spends his

time writing books, playing hockey and

“old man” soccer, and connecting with

their three children. Their 21-year-old

son, Owen, studies health sciences at

the University of Toronto as well as

participates in theatre and hockey. Holly

is a freshman at the University of Texas

where she received a scholarship to

play soccer as a Longhorn beside fellow

Canadian Julia Grosso (who is known for

scoring the gold medal winning penalty

kick in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics). Grade

10 student, Tessa, studies at a French

immersion school, a particular joy for

David who was born in Quebec.

Their family is excited to have everyone

together for Christmas where they

will continue Ward family Christmas

traditions including Advent Conspiracy,

started at their former church in

Portland, which encourages people to

love more and spend less.

David sat down with us to share his

thoughts on his role at JKCS today,

his plans for the future, and what this

administrative team means to him.

Superintendent is a new position

at JKCS. What do you see as your

main responsibilities?

I see my main task as being the overall

running and setting the overall trajectory

of our faith-based school. But really it

is the health of the school. We’re not

just any old school, we’re a Christian

school which means you’re looking at a

Christian community inside and outside.

It’s the spiritual component that changes

the whole game.

One of the biggest delights and biggest

challenges is that we have such diverse

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