Our Board

James Cameron School is operated by the Fraser Valley Society for Children with Learning Disabilities, a registered charitable organization established in 1980. Its membership consists of parents or guardians of students currently enrolled at James Cameron School. It is registered as a Society with the Registrar of Companies and as a Charitable Organization under the Income Tax Act.

 

JCS is an independent school operating under the guidelines established by the Ministry of Education under the Independent School Act.

 

Board representatives are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society. The Board of Directors consists of parents of former students and members of the community. This dedicated volunteer board is accountable for the school’s strategic planning, financial management, governance and successful operation. The Board of Directors meets monthly. Two general membership meetings are held, one in the Spring and the Annual General Meeting in October.

 

James Cameron School is seeking to recruit three new board members. Position descriptions here.



Board Members

  • Mark Evans, Chair

    Mark recently retired after many years with Scotiabank. Mark holds a Certified Financial Planner designation from the Canadian Securities Institute and is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. He is a resident of Langley, is married, and has two daughters, one of whom attended James Cameron School. Mark has been involved with James Cameron School as a volunteer and board member more than 19 years, focusing on the financial stability of the school and enhancing its technological resources. Mark has also served as a board member of FISA (Federation of Independent Schools Associations) and the New Westminster Community Services for Children.

  • Josef Schwarz, Vice-Chair

    Josef is a resident of Maple Ridge and lawyer with Schwarz & Company Law Corp in Coquitlam. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (both from McGill University). Josef has served as a volunteer and board member with JCS for more than 20 years. Josef is a father of 3 children, 2 of whom attended JCS.

  • Doug Forsyth

    Doug joined the board in 2013 and is a resident of Surrey. His association with James Cameron School dates back to its first golf tournament, which he organized. Doug is a long term member of the RCMP. He attended Simon Fraser University in the 1980s, studying computer science as well as being a member of the wrestling team where he developed an interest in mentoring and education. A specific interest is dealing with diversity issues, primarily focusing on disability and discrimination matters.

  • Glenda Ouellette

    Glenda joined the Board in January 2011 and is a long-term resident of Langley. Glenda worked in a variety of operational and leadership positions at ICBC for more than 22 years. She holds a Master of Business Administration (Queen’s University), a Bachelor of Arts (McGill University) and is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional with the Insurance Institute of Canada. Over the years she has been an active community volunteer and member on several not-for-profit boards. Glenda and her husband Bruno have two sons, one of whom attended James Cameron School.

  • Bob Parsons

    Bob has been on the JCS Board since 2011. He has lived in Maple Ridge for over 30 years, where he and his wife raised their two children. He has been involved in education for over 38 years. He has 21 years experience as a classroom teacher in both the elementary as well as the middle school settings. He has served as an elected official for the Teachers’ Union for 4 years; as a school-based administrator for 4 years, and as a district-based administrator for 5 years.

  • Rino Perrella

    Rino, a long term resident of Vancouver, joined the JCS Board in March 2016. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. Rino has a PENG (professional engineer) designation in the APEGBC and a PMP designation with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has worked in the Telecommunications industry (primarily in information technology) for many years. The two main companies he has worked for are MPR Teltech and TELUS. At the end of 2015, Rino took an opportunity to retire from TELUS with the intent of pursuing some things that he’s always wanted to do – this included volunteer work and tutoring of Physics and/or Mathematics as top items.

Special Advisor to the Board

Cynthia Garton

Cynthia joined the Board as an Educational Consultant and Special Advisor in 2010. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership from San Diego State University. Cynthia has an extensive background in education working as a teacher, Program and Learning Support Consultant, and school principal. Cynthia has worked in a variety of educational settings supporting students with diverse learning needs. She has worked at the provincial, district, and school level promoting educational environments and programs that meet the needs of all learners.