Rick Price – Chair
With a lengthy career focused on public education, Rick Price brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Education. Since beginning his teaching career in Squamish in the early 1970s, Rick has spent forty years as a Teacher, Principal and Trustee within School District No.48 (Sea to Sky). He holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of British Columbia, and has worked for the University of Victoria and Malaspina University training the next generation of teachers.
Rick’s volunteer commitments are varied; he is the past Chair of Communities that Care, a mobilization project aimed at preventing six youth health and behavior problems (teen pregnancy, substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school drop out and depression). He is also a past member of Squamish Search and Rescue. Rick has previously served the Board of Education in the position of Chairperson for six years.
As the father of two adult daughters and grandfather of two grandchildren, Rick loves to be surrounded by his family and friends. Proud to call Brackendale home, Rick resides in the same house he built over forty years ago! This noted, one might be hard pressed to find Rick at home, as he is more likely to be found exploring the outdoors. He has a passion for backpacking, hiking and cycling, and recently rode from Canada to Mexico. Other international trips have included sailing from Victoria to Maui, Hawaii.
Rick strongly believes that public education is a cornerstone of our democracy and our society. He recognizes that the Board of Education has a responsibility to provide compelling and engaging learning opportunities to students, and asserts that our education system must be flexible enough to respond effectively to changes in the cultural/societal context.
Laura Godfrey – Vice-Chair
Laura’s diverse professional background and an aptitude for supporting others to do good work make her a strong representative on the Board of Education. After beginning her career working in fashion as a manager, Laura joined London Drugs in 1989 as a supervisor. While employed with London Drugs, Laura had the opportunity to advance her career and gain invaluable experience through workshops and professional qualifications, including supervisory level 1 and 2, Zig Ziglar, Conflict Management, and First Aid level 1. After spending 20 years with London Drugs, Laura joined Vancouver Coastal Health as a Health Unit Aid for the Sea to Sky Corridor. Passionate about providing optimum health care service to the Sea to Sky community, Laura loves her job.
One will find a love of community at the core of all that Laura does. Having completed her high school education in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, Laura and her husband were drawn to Squamish because of its small but vivacious community coupled with the beauty of the Howe Sound. Having called Squamish home since 1992, Laura and her husband have raised two daughters, both of whom are recent Howe Sound Secondary School graduates. As a family, they have opened their hearts and their home to 18 international students through the Sea to Sky International Education program. These relationships have proven life-altering for the Godfrey family, and most recently they visited four of their former international students while spending the Christmas holidays in Europe.
Laura lists reading and cooking as two of her favourite pastimes, but notes that, if it was possible, she would be on her family’s old ‘Grand Banks trawler’ every weekend to soak in the magnificent views of the Howe Sound area.
Laura is an advocate for public education, and strongly believes in School District No.48’s Pathways to Learning. She is excited to continue her involvement with the Board of Education.
Ian Kent – Trustee
Equipped with an undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, Ian Kent has served as a Teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent of schools within School District No.48 for the past 35 years. Now retired, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his first term as a School Trustee.
With a passion for biking, hiking and skiing, Ian dedicates his time to helping others enjoy the outdoors through sport. Ian is an avid volunteer at the Whistler Olympic Park, where he helps to facilitate sporting events, including the introduction of biathlon. Ian is currently completing his first year as the Chair of the Squamish United Church. Happily married for over 35 years, Ian and his wife raised three children in Squamish, each having attended School District No.48 schools. He still loves to immerse himself in the classroom, and will often be found helping out in classes with students of all ages.
Ian holds a three-tier educational philosophy, where he believes that “all children can learn”, that students learn best if they are active, engaged and learning in a variety of ways, and that we must provide safe learning environments for all students.
Rebecca Barley – Trustee
A long-time resident of D’Arcy, Rebecca Barley is highly engaged in community initiatives and serves as the Chairperson of the St’at’imc Tribal Police, represents N’Quatqua as a director of the St’at’imc Government Service and is a member of the SGS/BCH Steering Committee. Rebecca has also held elected office since 2001 in several capacities; Counsellor for the N’Quatqua for 8 years, alternate Director for Area C (SLRD) for 1 year, and School Trustee for the past 6 years. This is Rebecca’s third term on the Board of Education for School District No.48.
Outside of representing her community on several boards, Rebecca also volunteers her time by serving as a driver for sporting events and school dances, and is a committee member with Winds of Change and the Recreation Advisory Committee.
Describing herself as a ‘kid at heart’, Rebecca practices enthusiastic spontaneity by always being open to trying new things. Born and raised in N’Quatqua and having been educated from Kindergarten through Grade 12 within School District No.48, Rebecca chose to raise her three daughters within the community she grew up knowing and loving. Now in grades 9, 11 and first year university, Rebecca and her daughters find time to bake, hike with friends and travel. She believes that the same principles she applies in her parenting can be applied to her responsibilities as a School Trustee; these include providing a safe environment, being inclusive to all, and teaching students how to make good decisions without jeopardizing their freedom to make their own choices.
Patricia Westerholm – Trustee
Born and raised in British Columbia, Patricia is joining the board for her first term. Having studied journalism at Langara College, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance writer and is currently employed in the field of Communications.
A past member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) executives at Myrtle Philip Community School and Signal Hill Elementary School, Patricia currently has called Pemberton ‘home’ since 2011., She is an active member of the community, volunteering as a board member with the Pemberton Youth Soccer Association and serving as the co-organizer of Pemberton’s annual Father/Daughter Dance.
Patricia and her husband have lived in the Sea to Sky Corridor for the past 20 years, and their three children inspire them to keep active and involved in the community. Patricia enjoys the outdoors and many of the activities that the Sea to Sky Corridor offers. In her “free time” Patricia enjoys writing, photography and cooking, and is also an avid reader.
With her breadth and depth of experience, coupled with her love for her local community, Patricia is a passionate advocate for public education and civic engagement. She strongly believes that everyone can learn and that all children should have access to an innovative, nurturing and inspiring learning environment.
Chris Vernon-Jarvis – Trustee
Creative and entrepreneurial, Chris Vernon-Jarvis holds a City & Guilds in cabinetmaking, spent twenty years working in photography and was a property developer and renovator prior to his retirement. Chris has served as a member of the Board for the past nine years, and with that longevity he brings a great understanding of School District No.48 to the Board of Education.
Chris was previously a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) executive member and previous Chairperson at Whistler Secondary School, Chris also volunteers his time with the annual Gran Fondo and Ironman Canada. He is the father of six children, five of whom have graduated from Whistler Secondary School and have gone on to pursue post-secondary education at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, respectively. Despite a busy household, Chris manages to find time to devote to his passion for woodworking, sailing, skiing and travelling.
Chris believes that a good, broad education is the foundation for life.
Rachael Lythe – Trustee
Well rounded with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, French and Music from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, Rachael has a wide array of professional and voluntary experiences which she brings to the Board of Education. Amidst starting and running her own event planning company, Rachael holds her teachers’ certification in piano and is qualified with the Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA). This is Rachael’s second term as a Board of Education Trustee, and she has previously served on the Spring Creek Community School PAC (Parent Advisory Council), the PAC Executive at Spring Creek Community School, and the School Planning Council (SPC).
Originally hailing from New Zealand, Rachael has called Whistler ‘home’ for the past 18 years. A busy mother with two sons, who attend elementary and secondary school in Whistler, Rachael stays active through CrossFit, skiing and biking. She lists cooking and reading as activities that ground her. Rachael is a proud volunteer with many community initiatives, including the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), for which she currently serves as a board member. Rachael has often been found accompanying performance groups in the Whistler region as a pianist.
Rachael is passionate about public education, and believes that every child has the right to equal opportunities in education no matter what their financial background or abilities to learn. She is a strong supporter of the ‘4 Cs’ of the Pathways of our School District’s Education Plan as being a keen observer of the changes and improvements in our schools and her own children’s work in a short period of time. Rachael places learning at the core of everything she does, and values greatly the notion of being a ‘lifelong learner’.