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Board of Governors

Board of Governors 2019-2020
(effective July 1, 2019)

The Board and its membership have three core responsibilities:

  • To preserve the Vision, Mission and Values of the School and to ensure that all aspects of the School arise from them through sound policy governance;
  • To ensure financial planning and management which focuses on, protects and helps create SJR’s future; and
  • To support, evaluate, and nurture the Head of School.


Ms. Rose Sawatzky
Executive Assistant to the Head of School/Admin. Services Manager

Board Chair

Mr. Andrew Thompson '87


Mr. Andrew Thompson ’87 – Board Chair
Dr. Tracie Afifi – Vice-Chair
Mr. Danny Wright ’95 – Past Board Chair
Mr. Dennis Stewner - Honorary Treasurer
Dr. Tracie Afifi - Executive Secretary

Board Members

Dr. Tracie Afifi
Dr. Rakesh Arora
Mr. Hardev Bains ’81
Dr. Elena Bykova ’06
Mr. Trevor Clay ’01
Mr. Tom De Nardi
Dr. Dilantha Fernando
Dr. Greg Harding ’91
Mr. Steven Kohn
Mr. Gregg Maidment
Dr. Renee Phipps-Owusu
Mrs. Maria Pewarchuk
Mr. Gordon Pollard
Mrs. Leney Richardson
Mr. Dennis Stewner
Mrs. Brenda Tobac

Ex Officio

Dr. Heather Diamond ’90 - SJRAA Representative
Mrs. Nancy Steiman - SJRPA Representative
Mr. Jonathan Woolley - SJR Foundation Board Chair
Mr. Jim Keefe - Head of School

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.