Meet Our Board
Carmon Currie joined the Board of Directors in 2015 as Secretary/Treasurer and chairs the Finance Committee. She is a CPA, CGA and gained her finance management experience working in venture capital for 16 years in Vancouver before moving to Victoria in 2009. The move to Victoria allowed Carmon to explore her interests in gardening and cycling, work at BC Investment Management Corp. as Corporate Accountant for six years and most recently take on the Finance Manager role at Connect Hearing. Carmon enjoys walking, cycling, gardening and spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.
Marilyn Sandford has been a board director since 2015 serving on the Board's Education and Long Term Planning Committees . She comes from the public school system where she was for 35 years a teacher, school counsellor, and school administrator at the secondary level in the Cowichan Valley. Marilyn throughout her career also worked with the school district , college , teachers, students and parents in Career Education. Marilyn enjoys spending time with friends, her family and especially her son.
Leo Bacon has served on the board for the last 7 ½ years mainly in the capacity as Secretary/Treasurer. Leo is the chair of the Long-Term-Planning Committee and has been on various committees – Finance, Management, Building & Grounds and Teacher Salary Committee. Leo Bacon is a CPA/CMA graduate and retired from the accounting profession 10 years ago. Leo has a wide variety of experience as a controller in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Leo in the last 26 years has worked in the public school system as a controller and Secretary-Treasurer in a variety of school districts both large and small. Leo enjoys outdoor activities: running, bicycling, kayaking, fishing and hiking. Leo and Darlene have been married for over 42 years and have just recently returned from a 5 ½ month trip across Canada.
Mark Stoker has been Board Vice-Chair since 2011 and serves on the Finance and Long Term Planning committees. Mark attended the University of Toronto for two years specializing in Accounting before moving to Victoria and graduating from the University of Victoria in 1985 with a B.A. and a major in Economics. Mark has spent the last 20 years as a Senior Wealth Advisor with ScotiaWealth Management. Prior to that, he worked 14 years in both Victoria and Vancouver as a Federal Income Tax Auditor. He is the proud father of three, his youngest, Liam attended The Maria Montessori Academy on Wilkinson Road before the move to its current Fairburn location. Mark is an avid golfer and has been a member of the Uplands Golf Club for the last 25 years. Mark enjoys gardening, spending time with family and travelling with his wife Lisa.
Bob Nicholson has been a Board Director since 2013, serving on the Buildings & Grounds sub-committee for the last three years'. He comes from serving 25 years in the public school system (18 years as a Senior Buyer in the Victoria School Board, and 7 years as a Purchasing Agent with the Cowichan School Board). He also served 3 years with the BC Purchasing Commission as a Purchasing Agent. After retiring from the School System, he joined the First Open Heart Society (a non-profit group) as an Administrative Officer for 7 years and became the Executive Director for his last 10 years' of employment.
Bob & his wife Doris (also a former Board member) travel extensively, spending a considerable amount of time in sun-drenched countries like Mexico and Hawaii. In their spare time, Bob volunteers his time serving the community with the Gordon Head Lions Club, where he has been the Treasurer for the last 11 years. He also serves on the Board of the Municipal Employees Retirees Association and is currently the Treasurer of this group.
Annetta Probst has been a Board director since 2013, serving on the Board's Education and Personnel subcommittees. She comes from the public school system where for 35 years she was a teacher, school administrator at the elementary and middle school levels, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Victoria School District. Annetta has also taught sessional courses on Early Childhood Education, Language Arts Instruction and Evaluation for the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University, as well as being a supervisor of student teachers. Annetta has organized and presented at numerous conferences.
Now that she is retired she spends part of her time in Hawaii and the rest of her time in Victoria with family and friends and continues to be an advocate for lifelong learning.
Betty Milne has been Board Chair since 2011 and serves on many of the Board's subcommittees (Education, Management and Personnel). She come from the public school system where for 34 years, she was a math teacher, school administrator, Director of Secondary Education, and for a short time, Superintendent of Schools in the Cowichan Valley. Betty has also taught sessional courses on math methods at the University of Victoria, as well as being a supervisor of student teachers. Betty had presented a numerous conferences and has co-authored three national math textbooks series. Now retired (although Betty still likes to keep her finger in Education), she enjoys reading, visiting with friends, and most of all, travelling.
Robert des Trois Maisons has been a director since 2015. He has an M.A. in Theology from Oxford University and a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University. He is a member of the Bars of Quebec and New York and of the Law Society of British Columbia. He has worked in private practice in Montreal, as in-house counsel for Alcan in Montreal and Sydney, Australia, and as Vice President, Legal Affairs of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. Now retired, Robert enjoys reading and travelling.