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Annual General Meeting

Monday, June 3, 2019, 9:15am in the Great Hall

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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.

Here are our current elected Trustees:
 

Mark Goldszmidt

Board Chair, Parental Member

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, Parental Member

Building Maintenance Supervisor

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 children started at the school in Parent and Child - three have graduated, and now our littlest one is in Kindergarten. I feel that my long history with 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 London Waldorf School, and look forward to next year, and the future!"

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 immediately loved 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, Grade School Class Teacher

Imke is currently taking her second class of children on the journey through the grades. She also teaches Gardening and German and serves as 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 Toronto.  Currently, Myriam is completing her ECE diploma at Fanshawe College and her Waldorf Early Childhood training with Lifeways North America. Since being at London Waldorf School, Myriam has worked in Kindergarten, Parent and Child as well as the Licensed Preschool Program.

At LWS since 2012.

Kathleen Schreurs

Parental Member

Kathleen has been a Board member since 2015 and a parent at the school since 2013. She is also an alumna of the school, so you could say she has been part of the community since she was 5 years old!

Kathleen holds a BA in Professional Writing from York University, a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, and she recently completed her PhD in Library and Information Science at Western University. Kathleen works in the field of management consulting, evaluation, and strategic planning. She works mostly with non-profits and community services, helping to strengthen organizations, communities and systems to better serve their people.

Kathleen says: “I have always found comradery and support in the London Waldorf School community. These are my people and wherever I have gone in life, the friends and connections I have made at London Waldorf School have come with me. The education I received at the school has been so positive for me.  I am grateful for the years I spent here as a child and now for the opportunity to share this wonderful education with my children. I have seen the school struggle, grow, and flourish and I am excited to bring my professional and personal experience to the Board.”

Anna Bowness

Secretary, Parental Member

Anna is the mother of three children. She has been part of the London Waldorf School family since 2012.  Anna has a BA and an MA in English Literature, and a Juris Doctor from Western Univeristy Law.  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 works for Legal Aid Ontario as a family and children’s lawyer, 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, the board of the London Independent Doula Association, which she co-founded in 2007, and served as Human Rights Chair and executive board member of the Gender and the Law Association. Anna is honoured to serve alongside the devoted, compassionate, and wise people on Waldorf’s board of directors.

Rachel Heydon

Parental Member

Rachel is Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University where she is also co-director, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care and its associated Provincial Secretariat. Rachel’s research focuses on early childhood, literacies, arts, and intergenerational curricula. She is executive editor, Journal of Curriculum Studies and Canadian editor Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. Her recent books include: Why multimodal literacy matters: (Re)conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through singing-infused multimodal, intergenerational curricula (with Susan O’Neill); Constructing meaning: Teaching elementary language and literacy (6th ed.) (with Joyce Bainbridge); and Negotiating spaces for literacy learning: Multimodality and governmentality (with Mary Hamilton, Kathryn Hibbert, and Roz Stooke).

Since Rachel's son has started attending London Waldorf School, she has been grateful to learn from and with the school community including fellow families, members of the board of directors, faculty and staff, and most notably, the children.  Sharing in learning and helping to promote wellbeing through education is at the centre of Rachel’s life.

Lynne McKechnie

Treasurer, Community Member

Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie is a Professor at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Before completing her Ph.D., she worked as a children’s librarian for twenty years. Dr. McKechnie teaches children’s literature and library services for children. Her research focuses on the intersection between children, public libraries and reading, emphasizing the perceptions and experiences of children themselves. She is co-author of Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals About Libraries, Reading and Community (2018).

Lynne has served on the Board several times, primarily during the time her son Santiago was a  student and including the years when the property was acquired, and the current school was built.

 

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