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in and dealing with scenarios, but that

he wants to. He has this lion heart. He

wants to make things better for the staff

and for the students. He is an incredibly

capable person and he also brings in a

wide, wide knowledge. Not only is he

good at being an administrator, but he

has an incredible knowledge in math and

sciences as well.

Jessica Duncan, Vice Principal, Junior

Grades (returning from a maternity

leave this December)

What Jessica brings to our team is

a nurturing heart. She’s taught at

both campuses and understands the

whole student. She really understands

the bridge between elementary and

secondary. She understands the fears

and confusion of Grade 7’s in particular.

We wanted her to be part of the team

because of how she connects with

her colleagues. In Jessica, you have

an administrator who gets kids, but

who also knows how to step alongside

a colleague to either support that

colleague or to build new programming.

Leanne Arevski, Vice Principal,

Senior Grades

Leanne hit the ground running. We

got the sense quickly that she was

very capable. She wanted to step

in with administration and she did

that immediately. She is systematic,

intentional and purposeful. When you

have a school that has many balls in the

air, she is a person that will create all the

different support points that she knows

needs to be in place for something to

be successful, both with the staff, but as

well as the whole system. And she’s done

that profoundly well.

Trish Joyce, Secondary ESS Coordinator

Experience, experience, experience

with a tremendous, great heart. Trish

understands her crew, but she also

understands the students. She has an

amazing relationship with Lindsay at

elementary, so she always knows who’s

coming into secondary and how she’s

going to support them. She’s often in

Adam’s office or my office advocating.

She strongly supports and advocates

for her students to get what her

students and her staff need.

To read the full interview with Dr. David

Ward, go to our website:



Left page: Elementary administrative staff - Kelly

Blackmore (top left), Jacob Rodgers (top right),

Kim Beunk (bottom left), and Lindsay Tafazzoli

(bottom right)

Below: Secondary administrative team (left to right) -

David Ward, Jessica Duncan, Wendy Perttula, Adam

Wasik, Trish Joyce, Leanne Arevski

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