The Board of the Mulgrave Independent School Society held its Annual General Meeting last night. With a number of items on the agenda, official business included affirming new Board members, adopting special resolutions to incorporate bylaw updates, and appointing the auditor. The meeting was also an opportunity to recap the work of the Board over the past year, to thank outgoing Board Directors and student members, and to lay out the first steps in the upcoming Head of School search process.
Gopi Chande, Chair of the Board, thanked ‘retiring’ members John Pao and Richard Cheah for their long-term service to the school. “John Pao has been on the Board for an incredible 19 years. His contributions and strategic thinking have shaped this school in so many ways and have set us off on an incredible trajectory. Richard Cheah is also a long-standing member of nine years who has most recently served as our Treasurer. His thoughtful perspectives, expertise, and commitment to this school are very much appreciated.”
Shannon Vrsnik, MVP representative on the Board also completed her service as her executive role with the MVP has wrapped up. Gopi expressed gratitude for Shannon’s commitment to both volunteer bodies and welcomed Nicola More to the position via her role as MVP Vice President.
Two outgoing student members, Grade 12 students Mona Xie and Bronson Lo, were also highlighted. “The work they have done over the past year has been exemplary,” commented Gopi. “In addition to always coming to meetings well-prepared, they have shared their insight and thoughts as students with courage and honesty. We are grateful.”
Julia Lawn was affirmed as a new Director; she has been a member of the Governance Committee and brings her legal expertise and extensive skill set to the Board. Charles Chang, Helaine Shepard, and Harry Wierenga were all affirmed for an additional term. After an application and interview process, the Board has also selected Joyce Qi and Artin Manafi-Khosroshahi, G11, as student members. All Board Member bios are available here.
In their remarks, both John Wray and Gopi commented on the incredible environment and experience offered to students throughout the pandemic as well as the progress on key strategic efforts such as the completion and introduction of the new Strategic Plan: Weaving our Future (2021-2024) and the completion of the Athletics and Performing Arts Centre.
Both also touched on John’s community announcement earlier in the evening of his intention to leave Mulgrave in the summer of 2023. Gopi spoke of the Board’s understanding of John’s decision after what will be 13 years as Head of School and to the extensive planning that has already gone into preparing the process to hire the new Head, including upcoming community consultations. Click here for video recordings of their remarks and here for more information on the search process.