Governance and Leadership
As an independent school, Southpointe Academy is a not-for-profit organization, existing under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Registered as the Tsawwassen Independent School Society (“the Society”), the school is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors. The Board’s mission is to support the mission of the school by taking viability-focused action on behalf of the next generation of students.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Kelly Bahi, Chair
Janette Pantry, Vice Chair
James Leung, Treasurer
Jonathan Jeske, Secretary
Gordon MacIntyre, Head of School (ex officio)
Southpointe’s Board of Governors is responsible for developing and executing our Strategic Plan and hold a fiduciary responsibility for the financial management of the school. The Board supports and collaborates with the Head of School and the Leadership Team to advance policy direction, ensuring that the School meets its strategic objectives. As outlined in our Strategic Plan, the Board’s work is guided by the following key pillars:
- Academic Programme
- Student Programmes
- Master Campus Planning
- Financial Strength
Much of the work in achieving our goals is done by committees of the Board. Committee members can include Governors, staff members and non-Board members, as appropriate. The following Committees meet regularly, report their activity to the Board, and make recommendations to the Board for approval:
- Executive Committee
- Finance Committee
- Governance Committee
- Advancement Committee
- Head Support & Evaluation Committee
- Risk Management Committee
- Buildings and Grounds Committee
- Ad hoc committees may also be struck, as needed
The Board meets regularly between September and June.
Our mission at Southpointe Academy is to involve, instruct and inspire our students to learn, lead and succeed. Our Senior Management Team channels decades of experience at K-12 schools in Canada, the US and abroad to accomplish this mission; they serve as the infrastructure connecting all departments with the Head of School.
Head of School: Gordon MacIntyre
Director of Finance and Operations: Mino Padda
Director of Admissions: Tobin Hammerberg
Director of Advancement: Stacey Kahn
Senior School Principal (Grade 10-12): Gordon Cogan
Middle School Principal (Grade 6-9): Cori Kusel
Junior School Programme Director (Grade K-5): Coralie MacIntyre
Director of Technology: Vincent Jansen
Human Resources Coordinator: Onieka Brown
Events & Facilities Manager: Vicki Dodwell
- How is the Board structured?
- What types of issues are outside the role of the Board?
- How is a Governor selected?
- Are there additional opportunities for involvement?
Per our Bylaws, a maximum of 12 members comprises Southpointe’s Board of Governors, all of whom are elected by the Society. The Society, in turn, is comprised of current and past members of the Board. Elected Governors may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The Chair and Vice Chair each serve two-year terms.
The Board is strategic in its mandate and does not get involved with day-to-day school operations, such as curriculum, student discipline, building maintenance, or bussing. These areas, as well as anything else relating to daily school life, remain the sole purview of the Head of School and the Leadership Team.
The Board is comprised of past and current parents, selected on the basis of their business and community leadership. Applications for membership are considered for members of the Southpointe community who:
- Have demonstrated a continued interest in, and support of, the School;
- Have had a child enrolled in the School for at least three successive years;
- Have maintained continuous good standing in all business dealings with the School.
The election of new Governors takes place at a Special General Meeting of the Society each May. Upon their election, members of the Board automatically become members of the Society.
At Southpointe Academy we welcome parent participation; there are many opportunities for parent involvement throughout the school community. Parents can become involved either by volunteering their time or supporting our school events. For more information, please consult our Parent Portal.