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As a non-profit corporation and registered charity, London Waldorf School has a Board of Trustees.

The Board is responsible for the short and long-term strategic advancement of the mission and values of London Waldorf School.

Community Representative Required!

We currently have one opening for a

Volunteer Trustee of the Board - Community Representative

London Waldorf School is seeking a dynamic individual to join our Board of Trustees who has proven experience in fundraising, fund development, mobilizing broader communities and/or social entrepreneurship and an interest in education governance and alternative education models.

London Waldorf School is a vibrant learning community where education, based on a deep understanding of the developing child, integrates the intellectual with the artistic, the practical with the beautiful – fostering the ability to engage more fully in the world.

The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the effective governance of the school and works strategically to foster its legal and financial health. The role of the Board extends to creating an environment conducive to recruiting and retaining a strong faculty complement to serve the children in their care. Because Waldorf schools have a strong social mission, the Board also works to identify ways of growing the school such that a Waldorf education is accessible to all those who value it. Ideally, Trustees also bring a willingness to develop a greater understanding of the principles of Waldorf education, and a specific area of expertise such as strategic planning, legal knowledge, or financial planning.


The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month for approximately 3 hours in the evening. The successful candidate will be expected to be able to devote an additional 1-3 hours per month to school initiatives with some months requiring a heavier commitment than others.

London Waldorf School has an established Board Member onboarding process where you will have the opportunity to work with other Board Members, Faculty Executive, and Staff to transition into the role and support our advancement.


· Creative, flexible person with initiative.

· Fundraising, advancement and community outreach experience.

· A willingness and proven ability to work within a community environment.

· Previous experience in a Waldorf/Steiner school or knowledge of Waldorf education is an asset.

Interested individuals are asked to send a resume with cover letter and references to the attention of Board Vice Chair, Dan Grindstaff at

Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2018. Short-listed applicants will receive a reply.

Here are our current elected Trustees:

Mark Goldszmidt

Board Chair

Mark has been involved with the board since 2008. Prior to that he was involved with strategic planning at the school for two years. Mark's involvement at the school, however, dates back to when Rebecca, his eldest child, first started coming to Waldorf in 2003. Since that time, all 4 of his children have attended at the school.

Mark says: "As a family, we love our Waldorf school and consider it to be a place that needs to be cherished, nurtured and protected. The thing that brought me to, and keeps me participating on, the board is our faculty, staff and volunteers. It is the inspiration of their dedication to the school that has inspired and driven me to want to continue to support and grow our school.

Being a member of the board is one of the ways in which I feel that I too can contribute to holding our school. With regard to my contribution, I would like to continue the work I have been involved in: it started with the development of our current mission and vision when I was the chair of the strategic planning committee, and it has continued through my work on the board in implementing strategies to sustain and improve our school, as well as through the self study work we participated in as part of our successful accreditation by AWSNA. I have also been actively involved in improving how we interact and communicate with our volunteers in the school and hope to continue to work on improving this further.

The skills I bring to the role relate to two key areas. First, I have had training and experience in organizational change, and I have consistently applied this to my work with the school. My second skill is in facilitating meaningful dialogue around key issues, which I believe is, in fact, the most important skill that I bring to the board." 

Dan Grindstaff

Board Vice Chair

Dan has been at London Waldorf School for 17 years, beginning as a parent, and has served on the Board of Trustees now for the past 12 years. In the past, Dan has filled the roles of Treasurer, Secretary, and, currently, Board Chair.

Dan has been a member of the Finance Committee, Building Committee, the Day Nurseries Act group, and currently works as Maintenance Supervisor as well as Rental Supervisor at the school, as well as serving on the Accessible Tuition Program Committee.

From Dan: "All of our kids started at the school in Parent and Child - Nate is currently in the ECE Program at Fanshawe College, Emma is in high school at Beal, Oscar is graduating LWS this year, and Sophie will be in the preschool next year. I feel this history with the LWS gives me a unique perspective of the long term value of a Waldorf education as well as a stake in what lies ahead.

We are truly "growing up" as a school and a community, and this offers us new challenges at the board level, specifically in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, outreach, and the recruitment and retention of our families and our faculty. I am most grateful to have participated in the life of the London Waldorf School, and look forward to next year, and the next 15!"

Jens Stickling

Community Member

Jens was a Trustee from 2009 to 2016 when his children were at the school.  In 2018, he re-joined the board as a community member.

Jens has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has/is acting in a variety of different relevant roles including: Vice Chair of the London Homeless Coalition, Board Member of the Housing Advisory Committee, President of Westany Holdings Inc. (Real Estate Development of the City Core), Owner of Westang Homes Construction Ltd (Affordable Housing for Seniors), Chair of the London Waldorf School Building Committee.

Jens says: The Waldorf School has a solid foundation, an excellent faculty, and a dedicated parent community. I want to continue building on this solid foundation, increasing enrolment to assure financial stability, promoting investments in the school, and affirming that London Waldorf School continues as a vital part of the London community.

London Waldorf School provides a service that is unique and lacking in our public schools. As a board member I want to drive the continued success, growth and stability of London Waldorf School.

In 2008 my family first joined the Waldorf community as parents. It was a significant positive change for our family. Our son Andre immediately loved the London Waldorf School.  It is this positive impact that drives me as a board member.

The philosophy, success, and continued growth of the School are close to my heart and I want to continue to provide my financial and construction expertise to the school.

Imke Jorgensen 

Faculty Member

Grade School Chair

Imke is currently the Grade Eight Class Teacher, the Gardening and German Teacher and the Grade School Chair. Imke earned her M.A. in Anthropology from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She also spearheaded the creation of our naturalized playground as a parent volunteer.

Imke has been teaching at London Waldorf School since 2001.

Merwin Lewis

Faculty Member

Pedagogical Chair

Merwin is currently the Supplementary Main Lesson and Enrichment Teacher and the  Pedagogical Chair for London Waldorf School. He has been a board member of LWS for thirty-three years. Merwin has his Master of Music M.L.S. from Indiana University.

He is a composer, poet, and playwright. He is a past board member and present Foundations Studies instructor for the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto.

Myriam Hammami

Faculty Member

Licensed Preschool Lead Teacher, ECE Chair

Myriam has a BSc in Biology. She has worked with children since 2000 through a variety of artistic, environmental and outdoor education programs in addition to running a Waldorf-inspired home daycare and parent and child group. Myriam has completed Foundations Studies through the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto.  Currently, Myriam is completing her ECE diploma at Fanshawe College and her Waldorf Early Childhood training with Lifeways North America. Since being at LWS, Myriam has worked in Kindergarten, Parent and Child as well as the Licensed Preschool Program.

At LWS since 2012.

Kathleen Schreurs

Parental Member

Kathleen Schreurs graduated from London Waldorf School in 1998. She is the mother of two little daughters, Gwendolyn and Matilda, both currently enrolled at London Waldorf School. Kathleen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University.

Anna Bowness


Anna is the mother of three Waldorf kids: River (grade 4), Kali (grade 1), and Mae (Chickadees). She has been part of the Waldorf family since 2012.  Anna has a BA and an MA in English literature, and just completed a law degree from Western University. Anna has been an editor since 2002. In 2008, she co-founded Thames Valley Wordworks, a local editing, writing, and consulting business, along with her partner Matt Godden.

In 2003, she helped to start Spacing, a magazine covering issues of public space and urbanism, which has won several awards and developed a wide readership. Anna will be articling with Legal Aid Ontario in 2017-18, and will continue her work as a family and children’s lawyer after that, serving low-income and other vulnerable community members. Anna has sat on the editorial board and the board of directors of Spacing magazine since its inception in 2003.

She has served on the board of the London Independent Doula Association, which she co-founded in 2007, and during her time at Western Law she served as Human Rights Chair and executive board member of the Gender and the Law Association. Anna served as a volunteer birth doula from 2007 to 2014, and plans to continue that work after she completes her articles.

She worked with Pro Bono Students Canada while at Western Law, assisting family law duty counsel at the Middlesex Courthouse. Recently, Anna began volunteering at the London Abused Women’s Centre.  Since River started school in Mrs. Payne’s Chickadees class in 2012, Anna has been a dedicated member of the Waldorf community. This year, Anna assisted the Fundraising Committee with the Annual Giving Campaign. For the last three years, Anna has worked as a face-painter at the Winter Fair and Mayfair, and looks forward to this job with relish — there is nothing more adorable than holding a child’s soft little chin and dabbing colours on their cheeks.

Anna has forged bonds with many of the wonderful families at the school, and is grateful every day for the warm and humane people she has met here. Anna loves this school, and is honoured to serve alongside the devoted, compassionate, and wise people on Waldorf’s board of directors.


Rachel Heydon

Parental Member

Bio & pic coming soon


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