Simon brings a family tradition and lifelong dedication to education to his role as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee at Power To Be.

After locally serving ten years as Head of Shawnigan Lake School, eleven years as Head of Glenlyon Norfolk, and most recently as Interim Head of St Margaret’s, Simon is now a sought after executive coach who works with leaders in schools and government agencies. With a gentle kindness, Simon thrives on assisting leaders to bring out the best in their teams.

Although he has played a wide variety of sports, sailing has been his consistent passion. As a teenager, he was very active in dinghy racing; now he prefers the gentler pleasures of cruising in the Gulf Islands with his wife, Joanne. The highlight of his outdoor adventure experiences were two Arctic canoe trips, the first on the Hanbury-Thelon, the second on the Nahanni. He considers himself very privileged to have experienced the grandeur of the northern Canadian wilderness.

Simon enjoys his work on the Governance Committee and with the Board, but knows that the heart of Power To Be is its programs and participants. He is looking forward to gaining more first-hand experience of those in the coming months.

He is one of the most highly regarded and experienced Heads in Canada, a sincere and integral voice at the Board table and we look forward to having him, his insight, and his beautiful dog Sam around Power To Be for years to come.

This blog post was written by Jasmine Parr, Power To Be’s Board Administrative Assistant. Jasmine connected with Power To Be as a kayak program participant more than a decade ago, and since joining the staff team has brought her organizational skills and desire to connect people to her role with the Board of Directors. She is motivated by her passion to inspire others to experience the healing power of being in nature.