Governance


Westmont School is operated by the Western Communities Montessori Society (WCMS) a non-profit society registered under the B.C. Societies Act.

The WCMS is governed by a volunteer board of directors elected by the Society membership at the Annual General Meeting. All of Westmont’s parents/guardians are required to be members of the society and are encouraged to actively participate in the democratic process by attending and voting at the Annual General Meeting.

The board is the keeper of the Mission and Guiding Principles of the WCMS. It sets policy, establishes the budget (including tuition fees), and employs the school principal. The Board has several committees to help it do its job. These include: Finance, Site, New Building, Leadership, Marketing, Teaching and Academic Excellence.

Westmont’s Principal is responsible for the operation of the school. The Principal hires and supervises the staff, leads the development of curriculum, and handles the day-to-day administration and financial management of the school. The Principal is accountable to the board of directors.


Children in Montessori classrooms, by the very nature of the environment, learn to respect one another and build a sense of community.

Important Meetings + Dates

At the Opening Ceremonies we talked about the work that the Westmont Board of Directors has been doing over the past 18 months. We’ve invested a lot of time and effort, looking at options for the construction of a new school building to accommodate our growing school population. The board would like to restate our desire to engage with the Westmont community so that everyone has an understanding of how we got to where we are today; and to communicate the factors that led us to the solutions available to us as we move forward.

We encourage you all to come to the Open Houses that are planned (dates below) to learn more about this exciting opportunity for a new school building, and to have an open discussion about the future of the school.

Please make note of some important dates. We hope you can attend:


New Building FAQ

The Board answers questions about the new building project, divided up by category.

Read Here!

2nd Town Hall Meeting

November 5, 2016
Westmont Gym
This is a Saturday afternoon to accommodate people who cannot attend on this coming Monday evening.

2nd Town Hall Meeting
Monday Night

November 7, 2016
Westmont Gym
7:00pm

Special General Meeting
VOTE

November 21, 2016
Gym
6:30pm - Registration
7:00pm - Special General Meeting to vote on the planned financing for our new building

Regular Board Meeting

November 21, 2016
Wolf Classroom
Immediately following the Special General Meeting

Minutes, Agendas 2016 + Our Strategic Plan

At Westmont School our mission is to build a learning community founded upon respect and harmony, that graduates students who embrace life and learning with personal, communal and global integrity.



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“Iste quidem veteres inter ponetur honeste, qui vel mense brevi vel toto est iunior anno.” Utor permisso, caudaeque pilos ut equinae paulatim vello unum, demo etiam unum, dum cadat elusus ratione ruentis acervi, qui redit in fastos et virtutem aestimat annis miraturque nihil nisi quod Libitina sacravit.

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Interdum volgus rec videt, est ubi peccat. Si veteres ita miratur laudatque poetas, ut nihil anteferat, nihil illis comparet, errat. Si quaedam nimis antique, si peraque dure dicere credit eos, ignave multa fatetur, et sapit et mecum facit et Iova iudicat aequo.
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Meet the Westmont Board of Directors

David Caughran

David Caughran


Board President

David is Principal Consultant at Connected Thought. As a digital strategist, he is responsible for creating digital and social strategies that enable clients to create and maintain engaging user experiences. He has delivered digital marketing strategies in non-profit, consumer and business-to-business markets, developing programs across a range of categories including IT, sport, entertainment, non-profit, politics, food & beverage, retail, health care & mining. He is also experienced in event management, communications, business development and fundraising. David is an active participant in the community, currently chairing a program committee for Volleyball Canada, and is currently president of the board of the Western Communities Montessori Society. David and his family have been part of the Westmont community since 2009 when they enrolled son, Keiran, into Preschool.


Mike Bobbitt

Mike Bobbitt


Vice-President

Mike graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc. Biology in Plant Physiology and a minor in Marine Biology. He worked at Forestry Canada as a research technician, as a gardener at Butchart Gardens and in the horticulture industry as a Certified Arborist before obtaining his teaching degree in 2002. Mike completed his MEd from UVic in First Nations and Aboriginal Education in 2007. Mike has worked for School District 62 (Sooke) for fourteen years, six as Vice Principal, and is currently assigned to Royal Bay Secondary School.

He is very active in his community and shares his interests of food production, mountain biking, hiking and paddle boarding with his wife and two sons.

Mike is passionate about education and excited to be a board member for West-Mont Montessori School. He endevours to share his experiences in education and strives to contribute to the amazing learning environment at Westmont. Mike’s older son has been enrolled at West-Mont since 2015 and his younger son will be attending in September 2016.


Andries Loubser

Andries Loubser


Board Treasurer

Andries runs a IT sales and services business called Boardwalk Communications with offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Regina. Prior to founding Boardwalk in 2002, Andries trained as an Electronic Engineer and worked as a consultant in the IT industry for many years. Andries and his wife are the proud parents of two girls who have both been attending Westmont Montessori School since preschool, starting in 2009. Andries and his wife are also involved in volunteer efforts in their local communities at school, sport, local government and church. The Loubsers immigrated to Canada from Cape Town, South Africa in 1996.

Andries has served on the board of directors for the Western Communities Montessori Society since 2011 and as the Board Treasurer since 2013.


Myriah Breese

Myriah Breese


Board Secretary

Myriah has spent the majority of her adult life working in the non-profit sector and is currently with the Victoria Women's Transition House working in the Fundraising Department. Myriah's experience in running direct mail campaigns, grant writing, social media marketing and public speaking have been invaluable in her non-profit career. Myriah is active in her community and sits as a director on three boards, one of which is the Western Communities Montessori Society where she is the Board Secretary. Recently, she founded a non-profit with her mother and sister. The Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses is in memory of her father, and the mission is to build a bridge of hope from loss to living. Myriah resides in Victoria, BC, with her husband and two amazing boys, Sampson and Atticus. Sampson has been enrolled at Westmont since 2009 when he started preschool and Atticus will be enrolled in preschool in September 2017.


Gary Beels

Gary Beels


Director

Gary came to Victoria with his wife and two children in 2012 to pursue an engineering career in Canada after spending 27 years serving in the Royal Navy in the UK and is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in BC. The Beels family have two boys, Samuel and Elliot at Westmont in Grades 5 and 8 along with a Canadian born boy, Theo, who is 3. Gary has enjoyed a varied working career with the Navy all over the world and has both a Masters and Bachelors of Science along with experience of teaching in the adult education sector, in particular teaching coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills. Gary is passionate about all things submarines, which is the reason for his family’s move to Canada. With three active boys he enjoys the boundless outdoor opportunities that are provided by living in Metchosin especially kayaking, paddle boarding and cycling. Gary brings experience in safety and risk management along with a practical engineering acumen should the need arise.


Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson


Director

Matt has owned and operated an environmental consulting business since 2004 where he has been involved in developing innovative strategies to manage the environmental impacts related to the construction of heavy civil (roads/bridges) infrastructure and industrial infrastructure (pipelines/transmission lines).

Matt Johnson’s family has been a part of Westmont since 2013 when Myles and Chloe were enrolled and he has been on the board since 2014. Matt is excited to be involved with the West-Mont board of directors and believes that Westmont is an exceptional learning environment for students, teachers and parents alike.


Matthew Walsh

Matthew Walsh


Director

Matthew operates his own consulting company working as a land agent for major infrastructure projects in BC. During this work he negotiates with land owners to acquire the land required for the project. He has completed a Diploma of Urban Land Economics from UBC and holds both the Canadian Residential Appraiser designation from the Appraisal Institute of Canada and the RI(BC) designation from the Real Estate Institute of BC. The Walsh family joined Westmont in 2015 with their two oldest daughters attending the Early Primary program.


Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson


Director

Sarah works for the provincial government as a curriculum designer. Sarah completed her BMus (1998), PDPP in Education (1999), and MEd (2011) from the University of Victoria. She also volunteers with two organizations in addition to serving on the board at the Western Communities Montessori Society (dba Westmont Montessori School) where she has been a director since 2015. In her spare time, she teaches music, studies Tae Kwon Do, and is working towards a Commerce degree specializing in Public Sector Leadership and Management. Sarah lives in Metchosin with her husband and four sons. She is passionate about family, education, and building community through the arts. The Wilson family joined Westmont Montessori School in 2015 when two of their sons started attending the preschool/kindergarten program.

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