Dave passionately believes that Christian education is as relevant and necessary today as ever. It brings him great joy to serve in an organization that seeks to help Christian schools flourish.
Dave has spent his entire career in SCSBC member schools, working in various roles as a teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent. He has embraced opportunities to participate in school inspection and policy development work for the BC Ministry of Education in BC and internationally. Dave is an adjunct Trinity Western University faculty member in the Masters of Arts in Leadership program. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Theory and Leadership Studies and is currently studying Theology at Regent College.
Dave is married with three children, one grandchild, two dogs, and three chickens, and finds time in the outdoors lifegiving, especially when it’s with any or all of his family.
Darren’s driving motivation is supporting educators and emerging leaders in creating engaging, empowering learning environments that foster faith formation. In his leadership roles, he seeks to challenge educators to explore ideas that bring schools to a place of continuous improvement within a distinctly Christian framework. Darren is committed to promoting learning built on meaningful relationships, is demanding and rigorous, and engaging and relevant for the learner. He works with schools to intentionally develop a way of being represented in selecting practices, implemented over time, toward a common vision for learning and student wholeness. It is through the creation of learning experiences for students and staff that transformation is possible.
Before joining the staff at SCSBC as an Associate Executive Director and Director of Learning, Darren worked at four schools in various positions, including administration. In two of those schools, he supported a team in shaping middle years programs that are responsive to the developmental needs of adolescents. Darren’s downtime is spent with family and friends, talking about the many reasons why edible landscaping is the future of food security in many parts of the world, including his suburban postage-stamp-sized yard.
When it came time to decide on her children’s education, Cathy was captivated by the possibility of integrating faith and learning. She soon found herself immersed in and enveloped by the Christian school community in Langley. More importantly, she was transformed into a passionate believer in Christian education.
This led to 15 years of service as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School. In 2015 Cathy joined the team at SCSBC where she assists schools with enrolment management, marketing & communications, conducts campaign readiness assessments and campaign support and positions schools to flourish by equipping them to establish sustainable development plans with a strong focus on donor relationship strategies. Cathy thrives on the synergy of professionals working collaboratively to turn challenges into opportunities.
Tracey brings a varied background of experience to her role with SCSBC schools – as a former Christian school student, parent, board treasurer, and school business manager – which helps her consider issues from different perspectives and serves as a testament to her long-standing commitment to Christian education.
Tracey graduated from the University of BC with a Bachelor of Commerce and began her career in a large public accounting firm, specializing in audits of not-for-profit organizations, local government, and public utilities. She obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1993. While taking some time off to raise children, she served on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations, including John Knox Christian School in Burnaby. That involvement led to a 4-year role as the business manager at the school. She joined SCSBC in 2017, where she enjoys connecting with and supporting finance staff in schools around the province while proving to her co-workers that accountants are not boring.
Amanda started her teaching career in public high school, where she taught mostly math and science courses and worked in specialized behaviour classrooms. Amanda was also an Inclusive Support Coordinator at the district level for a large school district and spent time as an Indigenous outreach teacher. Amanda has also been trained as a PBIS coach and an NVCI instructor. Amanda currently teaches at Vancouver Island University as a sessional instructor in the Education Assistant and Community Support Worker program. Amanda is finishing her PhD focusing on the attendance of Indigenous students in the high school through Liberty University. Amanda is also a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst.
Amanda’s focus has been on building inclusive supports for individuals with diverse needs and building effective systems at an organizational level to support those needs in a school. As the SCSBC Director of Learning in Inclusive Education, Amanda’s responsibilities will include support for schools in programming for diverse abilities, funding and case management, providing in-service workshops, and communicating current issues for students with diverse needs.
Kristie enjoys crafting experiences that invite all learners to take their place in God’s story. She sees belonging and relationship as an essential starting point for students and staff in Christian education. She is excited to witness the growing diversity in SCSBC schools and looks forward to the new ways of learning resulting from this diversity.
Kristie has spent most of her career in SCSBC member schools at the elementary and middle levels, teaching and administration, most recently working in inclusive education. She served on various SCSBC committees and on the board of directors of the Christian Educators of BC. She has been a coach at the SCSBC Residency each August, focusing on Project Based Learning and Biblical Worldview integration. Kristie has grown as an educator through working with students and colleagues overseas and is eager to encourage such partnerships. She holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Regent College. She is passionate about exploring how a biblical worldview directly impacts pedagogy and practice at both the classroom and school levels.
Kristie delights in being a daughter, sister, and aunt, and loves living in the same town as many of her family members. She is happiest hanging out at her neighbourhood coffee shop with a good friend or a good book.
Sarah has been working in Christian education for 10+ years. After working in the public sector in local high schools, she joined the International Department at Pacific Christian School (PCS) in Victoria. Sarah has enjoyed finding new ways of supporting students as they develop their faith, language, and worldviews. Her work with short- and long-term programs has provided new and exciting opportunities to work with different schools and agencies worldwide.
She also continues to work with international and domestic students as the Geography 12 teacher at PCS as an area of interest and passion. This year, she will visit one of our longest-standing sister schools in Sendai, Japan, with a group of 30 students!
As the International Student Program Coordinator at SCSBC, Sarah enjoys working and collaborating with our schools across the province as we continue building thoughtful and intentional programs for our international students and families.
Carolynne Tolsma began in April 2018 as our Executive Assistant. Carolynne comes to us with a BA in History from King’s University, a certificate in event planning from the Tourism Training Institute and a Leadership Development Certificate obtained through the Christian Reformed Classis in the areas of theology and ministry.
With over 20 years of administrative and event planning experience, including time as the administrative assistant at Fraser Valley Christian High School and publications assistant for the SCSBC, Carolynne is excited to serve in an administrative capacity at SCSBC.
When not actively working to support SCSBC and her Fleetwood community, Carolynne enjoys listening to books while taking long walks, reading, travelling, and good conversations over a great cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Kevin van der Leek has been doing graphic design for 35+ years: 15+ years in Vancouver doing corporate work (visual identity, annual reports, etc.), 15+ years in Christian publishing design book covers and interiors, and now providing design services for SCSBC and its member schools. Kevin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Calvin University in 1986.
Kevin loves the graphic design process, bringing creativity and rigour to various communication problems. Endlessly fascinated by typography and imagery, Kevin enjoys applying his aesthetic sensibility to SCSBC projects.
Kevin gives back to the community in the form of many different pro bono projects. He is an accomplished photographer and has recently discovered his newest hobby of avian photography. And he’s a little too obsessed with mastering the perfect Margherita pizza!
Herb’s position as Career Development Coordinator allows him to pursue his passion for developing and expanding career education programs at Timothy Christian School, where he has been a secondary teacher and vice principal for 37 years, as well as in the local School District 33, local independent schools, and all independent schools across the province.
Herb’s part-time secondment with SCSBC allows him to work with all independent schools in the province in the areas of career development, career exploration, job shadowing, Work Experience co-op programs (WEX), Youth Work in Trades (YRK) (skilled trades and apprenticeship programs), Youth Train in Trades (Apprenticeship technical training), and a new very successful program, Global and International Studies 12A/12B, which captures students’ service hours through local outreach, mission trips, and community-based volunteering.
We are excited to have Sarah (Qin) Zeng join our SCSBC team as our bookkeeper. She joins us with a vast array of work and volunteer experiences, abroad and locally, and ensures that records are organized, complete and accurate.
Sarah lives with her family in Langley and is excited to work toward strengthening Christian schools.