Educated at distinguished universities in many countries including Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Cuba and South Africa, Brentwood teachers form a community of leaders and learners, committed to their own professional development and dedicated as mentors and pathfinders for the students in their care. As Brentonians, they are also involved in athletics and the arts. Teaching at Brentwood is a lifestyle, as well as a profession. Many who come make it their life's work.

Head of School

Bhadresh (Bud) Patel, B.Sc. (Victoria), M.A. (Victoria)

Deputy Head — Student Life

Marius Felix, B.A. (Washington, US) Social Studies, Rugby, Basketball, Risk Management

Deputy Head - Director of Academics

Cheryl Murtland, BEd (York University), MA (University of Toronto)

Director of Learning

David McCarthy, M.A. (Cambridge, UK) Chemistry, Biology, Rugby

Director of Admissions

Clayton Johnston, B.A. (McMaster), B.Ed., M.Div. (Toronto) Social Studies, Basketball

Director of Arts

Edna Widenmaier, B.A. (Guelph), M.A. (Toronto) English, Musical, Theatre Manager

Director of Athletics

Blake Gage, B.A. (Western), M.B.A. (Victoria) Business Studies, Basketball

Director of University Counselling

Rick Rodrigues, B.Ed. (Manitoba) Physics


Eileen Mais, M.A. (West Indies), Dip.Lib.Ed. (UBC) Librarian


Leslie Reid Carr, B.A., B.Ed. (Victoria) Spanish


Mark Wismer, B.A. (McGill), B.Ed. (Ottawa), Social Studies, Government, Rowing


Karen Hedquist, B.A. (Victoria), M.A. (Heriot-Watt, UK) English


Susanna Cheung Robinson, B.Sc. (UBC), B.Ed. (Calgary) Science


Ron Neufeld, B.Sc. (Victoria), Science, Teacher Liaision – Technology


Ken Snow, B.Sc. (Victoria) Chemistry


Blake Gage, B.A. (Western), M.B.A. (Victoria) Business Studies, Basketball

Instructional Leaders


Paul Collis, B.A. (UBC), M.Lit. (St. Andrews, UK) English, Soccer


Steven Prokopchuk - B.Sc., B.Ed. (Alberta) Mathematics


Marco Bequer Hernández, M.Ed. (Memorial University), Licentiate in Education (Instituto Superior Pedagógico, Cuba) Spanish, French


Scott Doehler, B.Ed. (Queen’s), B.Sc. (Queen’s) Science, Geology


Robyn Amiel,  B.A. (Victoria), M.Ed. (Washington State), Social Studies, Rowing 


Phil Newns, A.R.C.T., R.M.T. Choirs, Piano, Voice, Jazz Band


Listed alphabetically

Oliver Amiel, B.Sc. (McGill), Whittall Assistant Houseparent, Science, Rugby, Strength training and conditioning

Don Armitage, Technical Director, Theatre, Theatre Production

Wesley Barrett, B.A. Rec and Health, Assistant House Parent Ellis, Head Soccer Coach

Jessica Beausoliel, University and Social Studies

Moyra Bell - BRLS Outdoor Recreation( Brock), Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) - RFA Hope House, Outdoor Pursuits Coach, SPARC

Laryssa Biesenthal - ChPC, Level 4 National Coaching Certificate, Head of Rowing

Lorraine Blake, F.I.S.T.D., R.A.D., Dance, Choreography, Arts Assistant

Doug Branchflower - BA. (Saskatchewan), B.Ed. (Alberta) Business and Social Studies, Rugby

Neil Bryant, B.Sc. (Victoria), Chemistry, Science, Debating, Law

Laurel Calhoun, Certified Athletic Therapist, RFA, BAHSc. Athletic Therapy (Sheridan College), BSc. Kinesiology, (Waterloo)

Brian Carr, B.A., (Victoria), Social Studies, Geography, Rowing

Tristan Clausen, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Beginner Band, Assistant Director Concert Choir

Kate Coull, B.Sc. (Guelph), B.Ed. (Queen’s), University Counselling, Mathematics

Steve Cowie, B.A., M.A. (Victoria), History, Social Studies, Rugby

Gillian Coy, B.A (UVic), B. Ed., M.A (VIU); Assistant House Parent Mackenzie House, English, Learning Support, Social Studies, Rowing  

Fiona Dalrymple, B.Sc. (Queen’s), B.Ed. (VIU), Math, Science, Field Hockey, Cross Training

Rebecca Day-Reynolds, B.A. (University College Cork, Ireland), English, Cross Country

Mario DeSandoli, B.Ed. (University of Victoria), Mathematics, Hope Assistant Houseparent

Peggy Elmes, B.Ed. (UBC), Ceramics, Key Learning Centre

Paul Fletcher, Photography

Jill Fougner, B.A. (Victoria), Soccer, Volleyball

Jim Ganley, B.A. (Trent), B.Ed. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), English, Brentwood Blog, Yearbook

Sarah Hall, B.Ed. (Vancouver Island University), B.A. (University of Victoria) Social Studies, Advisor, Volleyball and Basketball Coach

Sharon Hall, BA, PDP (SFU), French, French Immersion

David Hunwick, B.A. (Ravensbourne), 3-D Design

Drew Langer, Head RFA, Privett House, Rugby, Strength and Conditioning

Travis Larsen, BBA, RFA Privett House, Rugby

Giselle Lawrence, BSc. Engineering (PUCP), MSc. (Wales), Physics and Science, Soccer Coach

John Luna, M.F.A. (Calgary), B.F.A. (Victoria), Foundation Art, Studio Art AP, Art History, Gallery Curator

Julie Luna, B.A. (Victoria) Design, Grade 8 Art

Soleil Mannion, B.A. (VIU), Art 2-D, Drawing & Painting, Gallery Curator, Fitness Fusion

Alanna Martin, B.Ed. (Victoria), Athletics Assistant, Field Hockey, P.E., Grad Class Sponsor

Lulu McCallum, B.Ed. (Victoria), Mackenzie Assistant Houseparent, English, Drama

Scott McGill, Jazz Dip. (Capilano), Rock Band

Marci McLean, B.Sc. (Dalhousie), Tennis

Michael Miller, B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (Saskatchewan), P.D.P.P. (Victoria); Biology and French

Jillian Napier, B.B.A. (Laurier), B.Ed. (Brock), MBA (UVic), AP Macroeconomics, Basketball

Dan Norman, B.Ed. (Ottawa) B.Sc. (Western), Mathematics, Head of Outdoor Pursuits

Josie Olszewski, B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc. (SFU), Physics, Science, Outdoor Pursuits

Natasha Ostopovich, B.Sc. (WSU), RFA Coordinator, Allard RFA

Wendy Patel, Grade 8 Program Teacher

Paige Phillips, B.BA. HR, RFA Alex House, Dance

Amanda Ramundi, B.Sc. (Hons.) (University of Toronto Mississauga), B.Ed. (Queen's University), Grade 8 Science and Mathematics.

Laura Richardson, B.A. (SFU), B.Ed. (UBC), Environment, Social Studies, BEAT

Debbie Sage, B.A. (Trent), Lab Assistant, Rowing

Tanya Scheck, B.Sc. (Victoria), Advisor, Volleyball Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ryan Skardal, B.A., B.Ed. (Brandon University) English Department, Cross Country

Phil Smith, B.Ed. (UVic), Assistant Houseparent Allard, M.A Mathematics (Waterloo), Mathematics, Rugby

Rachel Steele-MacInnis, B.A. (Victoria), M.Ed. (Sydney), English, Debating

Liam Sullivan, B.A. (Malaspina), B.Ed. (UBC) Social Studies, Basketball

Fang Sun, B.Ed. (VIU), Mandarin

Katrina Tarrant, B.Sc. (WSU), RFA Allard House, Rowing 

Kendra Thompson - B.A. (Bishop’s University), Cross Training, Rogers House

Shane Thompson, M.Ed. (Victoria), Rogers Assistant Houseparent, Rugby

Harold Wardrop, B.Sc. (UBC) Mathematics, Robotics

Jordan Warner, B.Sc. (Manitoba), B.Ed. (Manitoba), Mathematics, Basketball, Volleyball

Jenna Warner, B.Sc., B.Ed. (University of Manitoba) Assistant Houseparent Alex House, Science, Field Hockey

Sue Whitney, B.Ed. (Alberta), Rowing

Sarah Wolinsky, B.A., B.Ed., M.A. (Queen’s University), Assistant Houseparent Privett

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Bud Patel

Bud Patel

B.A., M.A. (Victoria) Head of School '12

Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Mr. Patel emigrated, at the age of 2, to Calgary, Canada.  After attending boarding school from Grades 9 to 12, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 from the University of Victoria.  From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Patel taught, coached, and house parented (both boys and girls dorms) at Shawnigan Lake School before moving into an administrative role at St. George's School in Vancouver, where he was appointed as Deputy Headmaster / Principal of the Senior School in 2006.  He, his wife, Wendy, and two daughters, Mitali and Antara are enthusiastic residents of the Brentwood campus they call home.

Marius Felix

Marius Felix

B.A. (University of Washington) Deputy Head ­Student Life, Rugby

After working for 17 years at Shawnigan Lake School, as a houseparent, teacher, in admissions, as an athletic director and a rugby coach, Marius returned to Brentwood in 2001 and ran Whittall House until 2007, when he was appointed as an Assistant Head and in 2017, a Deputy Head. No stranger to the Brentwood campus, Mr. Felix spent his senior secondary years as a member of Privett House. An enthusiastic member of the Brentwood rugby, basketball and rowing teams as a student, his fondest memory was that, under Jim Burrows' sage tutelage, he passed senior math. During his undergraduate years and since graduating from the University of Washington, Marius has travelled extensively, usually with sports teams as an athlete or a coach. While doing so, he has visited dozens of boarding schools around the world, gleaning wonderful insight into the power of a boarding school education. Marius is a highly experienced and dedicated facilitator in helping to provide outstanding boarding school experiences for students. He also has extensive experience in boarding school administration, as a history teacher and as a rugby and basketball coach. He is extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, from whom he derives his strength and inspiration.

David McCarthy

David McCarthy

M.A. (Cambridge University, U.K.) Director of Academics, Chemistry, Biology, Rugby

Raised in the industrial heartland of northwest England, David McCarthy took the road from Wigan Pier to Cambridge University where he studied biochemistry and applied biology. After teaching for seven years in his hometown, he and his Vancouver-born wife, Lisa, transplanted themselves to Brentwood in 1987. There, he coached rugby, taught biology and chemistry, and was a houseparent to the boys of Ellis House. A year's sabbatical in 2005 gave him strength for the position Director of Academic Studies a role which he held until 2015. He then moved into the newly created role of Director of Learning. In the meagerness of his spare time, Mr. McCarthy runs, bikes, and boats away from the campus; he is invariably drawn back by its peerless charm. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy have two children and some grandchildren as well!

Clayton Johnston

Clayton Johnston

B.A. (McMaster), B.Ed., M.Div. (Toronto) Director of Admissions

Seeking a change of pace after teaching for six years on a tiny island in the Bahamas, Mr. Johnston and his wife, Kate, moved to Brentwood in 1994 and have lived on campus ever since. A graduate of McMaster University (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Toronto (Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education), Mr. Johnston has served as an assistant houseparent (Privett), houseparent (Rogers), teacher of philosophy and humanities, head basketball coach, Director of Residence, and Director of Campus Life. In 2006, he was appointed Director of Admissions. Regardless of his job description, Mr. Johnston has remained loyal to his great passion: helping Brentwood to grow as a giving and caring community of future leaders and stewards. Mr. Johnston finds joy in the company of his wife, his two daughters, their menagerie of animals, and his beloved guitars.

Edna Widenmaier

Edna Widenmaier

Hons. B.A. (Guelph), M.A. ( Toronto-Massey College), T.T. University of B.C. Drama Centre, London, England (Directing Programme), Director of Arts, English, Musical, Theatre Manager

A graduate of the Masters Degree programme in English and Drama, Massey College, the University of Toronto, and the Drama Centre in London, England, Edna Widenmaier has enjoyed over two decades of teaching experience in English, dram,a and musical theatre. After several years in the real business, including management of Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto and Canadian Place Theatre in Stratford, she began her teaching career in Vancouver. Since joining the Brentwood faculty in 1990, Mrs. Widenmaier has tap danced as a teacher of English, drama, and musical theatre, and Head of the English Department before her present appointments as Theatre Manager of the T. Gil Bunch Centre for Performing Arts, and Head of Arts. Her experience as a setter of exams for the Ministry of Education and a reader and faculty consultant for the College Board supports her passion for teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and her obsession as a "bardologist". Mrs. Widenmaier also directs and produces the annual Brentwood spring musical. At home in the summer with her husband, Michael, Mrs. Widenmaier enjoys puttering in the garden and reading.

Blake Gage

B.A. (University of Victoria), M.B.A. (University of Western Ontario), Director of Athletics, Business, Basketball

A member of both the Humanities and Business departments, Blake Gage joined the Brentwood faculty in 2004 after a career as a management consultant and professional basketball player. A recent graduate of the National Coaching Institute (Level IV), Mr. Gage is often found in the gym working with anyone who shares his love of basketball. Following an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Western Ontario, Mr. Gage realized a life-long goal by playing basketball professionally in a number of different European leagues. Upon his return home, he completed his M.B.A at the University of Victoria with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. He worked locally as a marketing manager before accepting a position as a management consultant in the United States where he helped establish best practices for organizations in a variety of industries. After two years away, Mr. Gage and his wife, Robin, made the easy decision to return to Vancouver Island, raise a family, and allow Mr. Gage to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching youth. The Gages have two children.

Rick Rodrigues

Rick Rodrigues

B.Ed. (Manitoba) Director of University Counselling, Physics

Rick Rodrigues has been at Brentwood since 2002, another convert to West Coast living who arrived from Winnipeg where he had received his B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. A man of many talents, Mr. Rodrigues can be found in the lab theatrically teaching the beauty of physics or in the University Counselling office passionately advising senior students in their post-secondary pursuits. Singer, actor, physicist, counselor: Mr. Rodrigues is a true Renaissance man about the campus. Mr. Rodrigues lives in Privett House as the '3rd Man' with his lovely wife Jennifer and son Edward.

Eileen Mais

Eileen Mais

B.A. (University of the West Indies), Dip.Lib.Ed. (University of British Columbia) Alex Houseparent, Library

Born and raised in Jamaica, Eileen Mais obtained her B.A. and Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies. Following in her mother's footsteps as a teacher, she taught geography for several years in Kingston before moving to Vancouver Island in 1985. Having left a teachers' strike in Jamaica only to encounter one here in the public system, she immediately enrolled three of her four sons at Brentwood. While an assistant in Alexandra House, Mrs. Mais earned her Diploma in Teacher Librarianship from the University of British Columbia, thus equipping herself to assume full responsibility for the library. She is now the much loved houseparent of Alexandra House. The greatest irony for Mrs. Mais is being mother to 50 girls, having raised only boys. Her sons, professionals in different countries, provide exotic travel destinations for her school holidays. Mrs. Mais also returns to Jamaica every summer to keep her accent refreshed and inimitable.

Leslie Reid Carr

B.A., P.D.P.P., (Victoria) Allard Houseparent, Spanish

Born and raised in Vancouver, Leslie Reid Carr has a double major in Spanish and French from the University of Victoria. As a teenager, she lived in Mazatlán, Mexico, and later worked for Club Med in Cancun. Diverted from a career in the hotel and hospitality industry by her love of languages, Mrs. Carr studied to become a teacher. She was first employed by Brentwood in 1985, but was recruited by Shawnigan Lake School in 1988 to pioneer that school's co-educational venture. She was appointed House Director of its first two residences for girls. After marrying Brian (BCS grad 1980) and having her two children, Mrs. Carr returned to Brentwood in 2002 to teach Spanish and French. “Señora” is known for her enthusiastic, communicative teaching style as well as being the devoted, loving “Mama C” as the Houseparent to her Allard House mermaids. When holiday time rolls around, Mrs. Carr is guaranteed to be with her treasured and much adored family: Brian, Natalie (grad 2011), and Aidan (grad 2014).

Liam Sullivan

B.A. (Malaspina University-College), B.Ed. (UBC) Social Studies, Basketball

Liam Sullivan began working at Brentwood College School in 2007, taking a position as an assistant Houseparent in Whittall House. He worked with Mr. Gage for three years while teaching Social Studies and coaching the junior boys’ basketball team, before accepting the role as Houseparent of Ellis House from 2010 to 2018. Mr. Sullivan has been involved in numerous sports throughout his life however, in high school he began to focus on basketball exclusively and was lucky enough to continue his playing at the college level. Mr. Sullivan was the captain of the 1994 National Championship team at Vancouver Island University. Once his playing career ended, Mr. Sullivan has devoted his time to coaching the sport he loves. He has been involved in coaching basketball from the elementary school, middle school, high school and college levels for the last 20 years. 

Karen Hedquist

Karen Hedquist

B.A. (University of Victoria), M.A. (Heriot-Watt University, U.K.) Hope Houseparent, English

After graduating from the University of Victoria with an undergraduate degree in English and History, Karen Hedquist moved to Japan, where she taught English, tried to learn Japanese, and explored much of Japan and Europe by bicycle. In 1994, she moved to Edinburgh to earn her Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Still unsure of her destiny, she thought she'd return to her native West Coast for a bit before moving abroad again. After six years at Collingwood in West Vancouver, the Island beckoned, however, and so 2002 found Ms Hedquist at Brentwood College, where she, her husband, and two young daughters live on campus. Ms Hedquist teaches English and is the houseparent of Hope House.

Susanna Cheung Robinson

Susanna Cheung Robinson

B.Sc. (UBC), B.Ed. (Calgary), Houseparent MacKenzie House, Science

Susanna was born in Hong Kong but her family immigrated to Canada when she was 6 months old. She grew up in Calgary and was drawn to the West Coast and so attended UBC and completed a BSc majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Psychology. After completing that degree she returned to Calgary and decided to go into the education field. Susanna completed the Education program at UofC and started working at a Charter school. She worked there from 2001 to 2011 with two breaks for maternity leaves (her two boys). Her love of the ocean and the outdoors has brought her and her family to the coast in 2011. She enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and SCUBA diving. Susanna could spend hours mucking about in the tide pools and the intertidal zone, or even just looking out her office window at the seals sunbathing on the docks.

Ron Neufeld

B.Sc. (University of Victoria) Privett Houseparent, Science, Teacher Liaision – Technology

The eldest of four brothers, Ron Neufeld developed the current model for all learning paradigms: children will believe anything you tell them, and this can be amusing. Realizing that tall tales would fare much better with the authority of science, Mr. Neufeld studied biochemistry at the University of Victoria where he also completed his professional teaching year. He joined the Brentwood faculty in 1999 as a science teacher. Since 2003, Mr. Neufeld - also known as Starship Commander - has been the houseparent of Privett House. He is currently owned by two cats, 50 Privett boys, 80 science students, a SmartBoard, and two computers. He is happily married to Lisa, a computer specialist, with whom he has a daughter and a son.

Paul Collis

Paul Collis

B.A. (UBC), M.Lit., (St. Andrews, U.K.) Head of English, Soccer

Head of the English Department, the senior Privett man, and sartorial inspiration for multitudes of Brentwood students, Paul Collis teaches English 10, Language and Composition 11AP, and Literature 12. With an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, a Masters in Shakespeare from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, no experience as a long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a teaching diploma from the University of Victoria, Mr. Collis ensured that he remained in school in perpetuity by joining the Brentwood faculty in 1998. When not brandishing semi-colons to the reluctant or championing Dickens to the incredulous, Mr. Collis coaches soccer year round at BCS and then returns on his bicycle to Cobble Hill, where he, his wife, Karen Handford, and their children spend many pleasant hours reenacting great scenes from Pickwick Papers.

Harold Wardrop

Harold Wardrop

B.Sc. (UBC) Head of Mathematics. Mathematics, Robotics

Head of the Mathematics Department, Harold Wardrop is the product of a military upbringing. His childhood was divided between Ontario and Europe. He eventually settled in British Columbia where he earned a B.Sc. (Mathematics) at the University of British Columbia. At Simon Fraser University, he completed his professional teaching certification, a post-baccalaureate diploma in education, and met his lovely wife, Sharon. After eight years of teaching mathematics in Surrey, he joined the Brentwood faculty in 2002. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Wardrop has also developed and co-authored textbooks for Grades 10, 11, and 12, all of which are currently used across Western Canada and the Territories. In 2011 he received a National Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence. Integrating his enthusiasm for teaching with his inner geek, Mr. Wardrop started a Brentwood robotics program in 2012.  Although he claims he no longer needs friends, since he can build his own, he still very much enjoys many outdoor adventures accompanied by his wife and two children. His favourite number is three.

Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez

Licentiate in Education (Instituto Superior Pedagógico, Cuba)  M.A. Ed. Tech. (Memorial) Head of the Modern Language Department

Originally from Cuba, Marco graduated from a pedagogical university in language teaching where he studied English and later French in a language school. He holds two international degrees in foreign languages: English and French and also a professional specialization certificate in teaching French Immersion from the University of Victoria. Marco has 17 years of experience teaching languages, mainly Spanish and French. In Cuba he opened his own language school. Marco puts into practice the communicative approach in his classes and the use of technology to boost students' learning in languages. He is always looking for the best methodological method to obtain good results in his teaching and incorporates his Cuban culture into his classes. He also likes cooking good food, loves playing baseball and making friends.

Scott Doehler

B.Sc. (Hons) and B.Ed. (Queen’s University) Head of Science

Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, the son of two teachers, Mr. Doehler has, along with many fellow Canadians, opposed Earth’s rotation and slowly drifted west. After backpacking around the world for a year following university, Mr. Doehler enjoyed ten great years teaching junior high school in Edmonton and Calgary before shifting to ‘Island time’ and joining the Brentwood faculty. He brings to Brentwood an absolute passion for the rocks, raw power, and beauty of our planet, and champions courses in Earth Science and Geology, as well as leading an annual trip for the entire Grade 10 class to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. Outside of the wonderful whirlwind that is Brentwood, Mr. Doehler joins his wife Marianne – a fellow geologist - in passions for vocal music, snowboarding, and backcountry hiking. Summiting Kilimanjaro in Africa, and taking their 8-month-old son on his first month-long camping trip throughout Alaska and the Yukon exemplify the travel ‘bug’ that has so thoroughly bitten them both. Mr. and Mrs. Doehler have achieved parity in life living with three wonderful children, two dogs, two cats, and numerous adopted Privett children.

Neil Robinson

B.A., B,.Ed., M.A. (Calgary) Social Studies, Global Studies, Hockey

Having grown up in the mountains of eastern British Columbia without much television to speak of, Mr. Robinson is drawn to the great outdoors at every opportunity. After completing high school he ventured to the University of Calgary to complete several degrees including his Master's Degree which was focused in the area of gifted and talented learning. He has a passion for all things athletic and particularly enjoys golf, soccer, volleyball, and hockey. Mr. Robinson's passions can be found in human rights, volunteerism, and travel. In a perfect world, he'd like to do all three at the same time. It comes as no surprise then, that he lead Brentwood's inaugural Service Learning trip to Peru and to grew our relationship with Mosqoy, a non-profit organization that focuses its resources in promoting the success of marginalized indigenous peoples from the Sacred Valley.

Phil Newns

A.R.C.T., R.M.T.  Head of Music. Musical Theater, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Show Choir, AP Music Theory, Administration

Phil is well known as a jazz pianist, vocalist, bandleader and educator. He studied music at the University of Natal in South Africa and later through the University of Toronto. In 1990, as Canadian Champion, Phil represented Canada in the Yamaha International Organ Festival held in Mexico City that year placing 6th in the world. His extensive professional career credits include: 1991 British Columbia Winter Games score, Festival Producer and Corporate Entertainer, Music Director of many major theatrical productions - most recently The In the Heights, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and Artistic Director / Producer for Choirs in Concert; a children's charity. Phil is also an accomplished arranger for theatre and dance companies. His jazz bands, choirs, and private students achieve top honors in festivals across Canada each year including the annual Nationals - Music Fest Canada. As a professional musician, Phil can be found on weekends playing piano at venues such as the Ocean Point Resort and the Grand Hotel Pacific in Victoria or with his jazz band "The Hot Velvet Jazz Band" at various events and venues.

Oliver Amiel

B.Sc. (McGill) Whittall Assistant Houseparent, Chemistry, Rugby, Strength and Conditioning

"Where are you from?" is an interesting question for Mr. Amiel and not one easily answered. Born on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, his family moved to Vancouver, then to Calgary, New Zealand, and back to the Sunshine Coast, all in 13 years. With a healthy amount of time spent in England over that same time period, Mr. Amiel was accustomed to a nomadic lifestyle when he landed at Brentwood in grade 8. He developed a love of science during his 5 years at Brentwood and moved on to live in Montreal and attend McGill for six years, where he studied a wide range of sciences, but found his greatest passion to be Chemistry. He promptly left Canada after graduation, moving to South Korea, where he taught English for one year, and then moved to Melbourne, Australia. He acquired his Diploma of Education there and worked at three schools over seven years. During that time, Mr. Amiel fell in love with the Australian High Country and the pursuit of outdoor activities. He returned to Canada in early in 2011 and met the love of his life, Robyn, that spring, whom he married in the summer of 2013. They now both live and work at Brentwood... with their son Gavin and dog Mya.

Robyn Amiel

Robyn Amiel

B.A. (UVic), M.Ed. (Washington State), Social Studies, Rowing

After moving around Canada and living on several military bases, Robyn and her family settled back in Victoria to embrace coastal living and to be closer to extended family. After rowing for the University of Victoria and for various provincial teams, Mrs Amiel graduated with a Bachelor of History and went on to pursue a career in hospitality management. Managing a guest services department at a ski resort proved to be short-lived, as the lure of Brentwood was enticing. After coaching rowing and teaching social studies at the school for three years, Mrs Amiel took a short hiatus to coach collegiate, varsity rowing and complete her Masters of Education degree in curriculum and instruction at Washington State University. Since returning in 2012, Mrs Amiel enjoys coaching the senior boys and for Rowing BC and Rowing Canada at the U21 level during the summer months.  She is also excited to be back at Brentwood in the social studies department. She enjoys living in Whittall House with Mr Amiel and their son.

Don Armitage

Don Armitage

Technical Director, Theatre

Don has been working professionally in the performing arts for over 25 years. Currently an instructor and technical director at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, Don has been safely instructing and facilitating young people's involvement in the performing arts for over fifteen years. As a performer, producer, stage manager, sound and recording engineer, lighting designer and technical director, he has worked with such acts as The Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Colin James and with such productions as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hair", "Les Miserables", "Phantom of the Opera", "Wizard of Oz", and "Beauty and the Beast".

Wesley Barrett


B.A. Rec and Health, Assistant House Parent - Ellis, Head Soccer Coach

Born and Raised in Richmond BC, Wesley moved over to Victoria at 19 to go to the University of Victoria to both pursue post secondary education as well as play Varsity Soccer. Wesley played soccer for the Vikes from 2008-2013. His University soccer highlight was winning the National Championship in 2011 on home soil. He finished a degree in Recreation and Health in May of 2015. Wesley has spent the last 10 years coaching soccer, mostly in Victoria, however; in the lower mainland as well. Wesley Co founded an organization called EPIC Sport Management society and he still continues to run and facilitate EPIC while working at Brentwood. EPIC's name is also the philosophy (Environment, Patience, Independence, Consistency). Wesley felt that his values were very in sinked with the values at Brentwood, which was a huge factor and pursing a job here.  

Jessica Beausoliel

B.A.(Brock), B.Ed. (Glasgow)

Jess joins the Brentwood University Counselling and Social Studies team from Ontario. After graduating from Brock University in St. Catherines with a BA in Human Geography and Spanish, she lived in Madrid and wandered Europe before deciding to complete her B.Ed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. 

She was a Guidance Counsellor and High School teacher on a reserve in northern Saskatchewan for two years, and left the -55 degree winters to take on a Guidance role at Toronto French School. Still not satisfied with the bitter cold weather, she sold her parka and fled west. 

Jess is passionate about all things sports, and has coached girls volleyball for the last three years. When she isn't teaching, you can find her in a kayak, yoga studio, or looking for the next place to travel to explore volcanoes and other geothermal activity. 

Lorraine Blake

Lorraine Blake

F.I.S.T.D., R.A.D. Dance, Choreography, Theatre Administration

Born eighteen miles south of London, England, Lorraine Blake completed her high school education in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). By age sixteen, her training allowed her to dance with the Bulawayo City Ballet Company, both locally and on several National Tours. Ms. Blake’s teacher training took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, and teaching posts at studios in England and Zimbabwe followed. Working closely with girls through dance, paved the way for her appointment as Houseparent of Gwynneth House (now Allard House), dance teacher and choreographer at Brentwood College School. Ms. Blake travels extensively while examining for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, has adjudicated local festivals, and choreographs dance and musical theatre productions for all ages. 

Neil Bryant

B.Sc. (Victoria) Chemistry, Science, Debating, Law

While he is not keen to admit it, Neil is approaching the middle part of his career in teaching. All of it has been at one boarding school or another, and all of them are within 20 kilometres of Mill Bay. Consequently, he is very happy to now be part of the Brentwood faculty, as he has admired the school from outside the gates for years.  After graduating from UVIC with a Biochemistry degree and almost finishing his MA in Special Education from UBC, Neil decided that he would much rather teach chemistry and science rather than merely practice them. Thoroughly absorbed by feeding 2 persnickety cats and raising 2 amazing children, Neil also enjoys road bike racing, rowing and coaching debate all of which get the heart pumping and allow him to eat like a king without looking like a zeppelin. He also is a trial writer for the Science 10 curriculum and exam with the BC Ministry of Education, on the executive for the BC Speech and Debate Society, and sings in a cover band whenever he has a spare evening.

Brian Carr

Brian Carr

B.A. (Victoria)  Social Studies, Rowing

Born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, Mr. Carr came to Canada in 1964 with his parents and little brother, Rory. The Carr family moved onto the Brentwood campus in the fall of 1965 where the senior Mr. Carr served as Houseparent for 19 years. After Brentwood, Mr. Carr attended the University of Washington as a rower and fledgling geographer. Graduation from the University of Victoria brought him back to the Cowichan Valley where he taught at Frances Kelsey Secondary School before answering his primal urge to return to Brentwood. A busy member of the Social Studies Department, Mr. Carr is also a coach of the Brentwood College Rowing Club. Mr. Carr's wife, Leslie Reid Carr, teaches Spanish and French at the school and is the houseparent of Allard House. Together they have two children.

Kate Coull

Kate Coull

B.Sc. (Guelph), B.Ed. (Queen’s) University Counselling, Mathematics

After growing up in Peterborough, Ontario and receiving her B.Sc (University of Guelph) and B.Ed (Queen’s University), Kate Coull taught mathematics and calculus for three years in Ontario before making the decision to move to New Zealand in 1987. What was initially to be a two year teaching experience in New Zealand followed by world travel, Kate met her Kiwi husband, David, within days of setting foot on NZ soil and ended up staying there for 10 years. During that time Kate taught senior mathematics and Calculus and helped produce a new form 5 Math textbook along with a team of 3 other math teachers. During this time, Kate and David welcomed the birth of their son, Ben, a Brentwood lifer and grad 2010. On a family holiday to the Island, Kate first visited Brentwood in 1991, initiating the desire to one day teach at our school. Returning to Canada in 1997, Kate taught for eight years at Queen Margaret’s School where she was Head of the Mathematics/Science Department and Director of Residence. In 2005 Kate joined Aspengrove School, an independent school on Vancouver Island, and helped initiate many new programs at the school in addition to teaching math, AP Calculus and running the University Counselling and Outdoor Education programs. Passionate about math, Kate also enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family in Mill Bay.

Steve Cowie

Steve Cowie

B.A., M.A. (Victoria) History, Social Studies, Rugby

A native of sunny Kelowna, British Columbia, Steve Cowie graduated with honours from the University of Victoria in 1975, majoring in history and English, then completed his Masters in history in 1976. He has played rugby for the UVic Vikings, Castaways, the Island Crimson Tide, and Cowichan. As the second longest serving member of the Brentwood faculty, Mr. Cowie is a "lifer" seven times over and now teaches the sons and daughters of students he taught in the early years. He has taught history, geography, English, and law, while coaching at every level of rugby, basketball, golf and tennis. He has had the priviledge of coaching the girls rugby team as well as the Island Tsunami U18 girls team. Though Dr. Johnson defined a historian as "a hopeless drudge", Mr. Cowie tries to make history come alive in the classroom with his passion for teaching and his belief that inspiration and encouragement are the greatest motivators. He likes to think this keeps him eternally young at heart. Mr. Cowie and his wife, Sheila, have two sons - David and Nathan.

Gillian Coy

B.A (UVic), B. Ed., M.A (VIU); Assistant Houseparent - Mackenzie, English, Learning Support, Social Studies, Rowing  

Gillian was born in Vancouver, and in spite of a stint growing up in Prince George, has spent the rest of her life on the West Coast. After a 20 year career as a Dental Hygienist, teaching people about their Oral Health, she returned to school to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a teacher. Gillian earned her B.A. in English Literature from UVIC in 1989. During her time at UVIC she was an integral member of the rowing team in the role of coxswain. In 2010, she gained her B.Ed. degree from Vancouver Island University, and in 2013 she completed her M.Ed. in Special Education.  She recently joined the faculty after an eight-year residency at Shawnigan Lake School where she was a dorm parent, English teacher, Learning Support teacher and Rowing Coach. At Brentwood, Gillian is excited to be a Learning Support teacher, a Social Studies teacher, and a Rowing coach. Her personal philosophy of education involves inspiring the whole person to achieve the best that they are capable of in all aspects of their lives. She is married to Tim Coy who is a Shawnigan Lake School English teacher, and her two dogs, Bella and Lucy, are her most treasured possessions. Her greatest passion, besides teaching, is being in the mountains.

Fiona Dalrymple

B.Sc.H. (Queen's), B.Ed (VIU) Math, Biology, Science, Field Hockey, Cross Training

Having a houseparent as a mother, Fiona Dalrymple grew up as a private school campus brat. Little did she know that sharing her mum with generations of teenage girls and wearing knee highs and kilts would be integrated so completely into her cellular makeup. After fleeing the West Coast in search of adventure (and to attend and play field hockey for Queen’s University), Ms. Dalrymple realized that her heart belonged in B.C. She met her husband at Shawnigan Lake School and has since worked at Glenlyon Norfolk School, Dwight International School, and Cowichan Secondary School. Ms. Dalrymple’s major passions in life are organic land care and the natural environment (and teaching math and science of course!). She is an outdoor enthusiast who helps organize the school ski trips, trains for triathlons, and mountaineers when she has a moment to spare.

Rebecca Day-Reynolds

Rebecca Day Reynolds

B.A. (University College Cork, Ireland) English, Cross Country

A campaign of wheedling and insistence that began in 1999 and spanned two administrations ended successfully for Rebecca Day Reynolds when she was invited to join the Department of English near the close of the 2004-2005 academic year. A Brentonian herself (1980), Mrs. Reynolds returned to the school she loves after teaching English in the Alberta college system for a number of years and living, studying, working, and playing on three continents during a gleeful nine year hiatus from North American life. Mrs. Reynolds' eclectic employment history spans a bizarre spectrum: she has worked as a ghost-writer, an editor, an Irish barmaid, a course writer, a phone canvasser, a minor bureaucrat, a fundraiser, a barn-mucker, an instructor of "Gymboree" and "Babyswim," and a reader for audio books. Her hobbies include working at Brentwood and gratuitously correcting the grammar of others. The proud mother of three Brentonians, Mrs. Reynolds lives in Mill Bay with her husband, a physician, and their menagerie of obese and semi-obese pets.

Peggy Elmes

B.Ed. (UBC) Ceramics

Although Peggy Elmes grew up in Vancouver and spent many rainy West Coast days playing in the mud, her interest in pottery only began after she enrolled in high school art class. She went on to earn her degree in Art Education from UBC in 1981 and has been teaching high school art ever since. During previous teaching contracts in public school, she served as guidance counsellor and art teacher. Her disciplines include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. She joined Brentwood in 1996 to teach ceramics and enjoys helping young artists find their true talents in that glorious mud called clay. In 2006, she joined the staff of Rogers House and is a surrogate "mum" to 50 boys. Mrs. Elmes is also a working ceramic artist in her studio, River's Edge Pottery. She is involved in a variety of local shows and many of her pieces have been collected internationally.

Andrea Felix

M.A., B.A. (Victoria) Psychology, Health and Wellness, Aerobics, Tennis, SPARC

Originally from Vancouver, Health and Wellness Counsellor, Andrea Felix, sailed and rowed competitively as a student at the University of Victoria. It was through rowing that she met her husband, Marius Felix. Mrs. Felix obtained a degree in Child and Youth Care (1983) and worked in Victoria as a counsellor for 5 years before entering the field of recreation. She is an avid tennis player with a coaching assistant certificate and is a certified BCRPA fitness instructor (since 1990). Teaching aerobics, leading run/walk clinics, and managing the local community centre in Shawnigan Lake still left time for involvement in local youth committees as well as providing personal and academic counseling for students. A member of the Brentwood community since 2002, Mrs. Felix facilitates the work of the advisors in the Residential Life programme, teaches psychology, provides personal counselling and facilitates SPARC, the Brentwood peer counseling and service programme. Heading the SPARC program has become a passion, not just for Mrs. Felix but for the students as well. She trains over 90 peer counselors per year and facilitates these students in their volunteer work, which accounts for over 1000 volunteer hours amongst these SPARC members. Mrs. Felix also assists with the tennis programme throughout the year. In addition to keeping fit, Mrs. Felix enjoys performing with her musical trio at garden parties, weddings, and local concerts. Mr. and Mrs. Felix have two children, who are Brentwood alumni.

Paul Fletcher

Traditional and Digital Photography

As a teenager, Paul Fletcher found his passion for photography. His photographs, in his current association with Los Angeles-based Getty images, have been published worldwide and his photographic artwork hangs in many homes, galleries, and businesses. In 1998, Mr. Fletcher produced Somenos: The Grandfathers Spoke to Me, a photographic and poetic celebration of the Somenos Marsh Conservation Area. When not teaching at Brentwood, Mr. Fletcher spends his time traveling the world, usually in third world countries, documenting the beauty, socio economic conditions and the environment of the places he visits.

Jill Fougner

B.A (University of Victoria) Head of Volleyball, Soccer

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Jill Fougner competed in a wide variety of sports as a child. Her teenage years were divided busily between softball and volleyball. Ms. Fougner was a member of the BC championship teams and was a member of the BC volleyball team for four years. At the age of 18, she was selected to join Canada's national volleyball team; shortly after she re-located to the national training centre in Ottawa, she represented her nation in the 1982 World Volleyball championships in Peru. After playing for the national team, Ms. Fougner competed for the University of Victoria where she was named to the Inter-University Athletic Unions All-Canadian team four times. She was also named best setter at the 1989 national championships. Upon graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in psychology, Ms. Fougner moved to Australia to play professional beach volleyball. Her retirement from this immodestly clad sport brought her home to Victoria where she led the coaching staff of University of Victoria varsity volleyball programme for seven years. Ms. Fougner joined the Brentwood coaching staff in 2000, and became Assistant Houseparent of Gwynneth House, now Allard, in 2001. She is currently the head of the volleyball programme. Along with her assistant coach, Mike Minckler, Ms. Fougner coached the Brentwood senior girls volleyball team to back-to-back provincial championship titles in 2006 and 2007. She was the assistant coach for Team BC in 2007 which won the gold medal at the Western Canada Games and was named volleyball coach of the year for Vancouver Island (2006-2007). Ms. Fougner and her husband Paul have two children.

Jim Ganley

B.A. (Trent), B.Ed. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto) English, Brentwood Blog, Yearbook, Website News

Parents with a sense of adventure took Jim from his childhood home in sleepy Peterborough, Ontario, to encounter his adolescence in Kingston, Jamaica and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Along the way, he attended numerous independent schools as either a student or teacher. These included  International School of Tanganyika, Lakefield College, Trinity College, and Shawnigan Lake School. In between, Mr. Ganley earned an Honours B.A. in English from Trent, a B.Ed. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and developed a passion for travelling backwards over water in narrow rowing shells which he pursued enthusiastically for 25 years. Jim is currently the editor of the Yearbook, Brentwood Blog and Website News. Jim and his wife, Jillian, are raising their three children in the peaceful beauty of the Cowichan Valley. In moments of boyish indulgence, Jim can be found playing hockey with similar, silver-haired skaters at the Kerry Park Arena.

David Hunwick

B.A. (Ravensbourne), 3-D Design

David graduated from the sculpture program at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (London, UK) in 1985. After graduating, he trained as a teacher of art and design; he has been teaching and exhibiting for over 30 years. His sculptures can be found in many private and public collections in the UK, Australia, Germany, and Canada. In 2001 David immigrated to Canada and continued to teach and exhibit. In 2008 David set up The Sculpture Studio located in downtown Victoria. David specializes in the instruction of mould making, casting, and expressive sculpture. In 2009-2010 David was commissioned to work on The Blue Whale Project for UBC, moulding and casting over 71 pieces of the blue whale skeleton as well as re-sculpting the skull. In 2012, David worked as artist-in-residence at the Gitskan Art Centre in Hazelton, teaching First Nations carvers how to mould and cast their artifacts and also moulded and cast an 8 ft totem. In September 2013, David started teaching in the exceptional 3-D design facilities at Brentwood. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor pursuits, theatre, travelling, and interpretative dance. He is the proud father of two sons and two cats. 

Matthew Howe

B.Ed. (University of Victoria), Theatre and Music

Matthew Howe graduated with honors (B.Ed Theatre and Music) from the University of Victoria in 1985. For the next decade, he taught extensively in high school theater and music programs while performing professionally in the Victoria region.  Matthew played a key role as Choral Director of the 1200 member ensemble featured in the 1994 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies. Additional training at New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre School encouraged Howe to transition into professional theatre full time.

From 1996 to July of 2007, Matthew enjoyed ten seasons as Resident Director/Choreographer and Master Teacher at the Tony Award winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in Minnesota, he also taught acting at the University of Minnesota, Musical Theatre at Northwestern College and spent four years with the teaching team of The Prelude Program at The MacPhail Centre. He was named Twin Cities Director of the Year in 2005-06 for his work as director and choreographer on the world premiere, stage production of Disney's Aladdin.  

Matthew returned to Victoria to join the staff of The Canadian College of Performing Arts in August 2007 as Artistic Associate and Education Administrator. He was also the manager and director of CCPA's Year III (Company C) program. Matthew continues to direct projects locally and continues to teach at CCPA in addition to his positions as Acting and Drama Teacher at Brentwood College School and Director of Performing Arts at Pacific Christian Secondary School in Victoria, BC.  

Giselle Lawrence

BSc. Engineering (PUCP), MSc. (Wales), Physics and Science, Soccer Coach

Giselle was born and raised in Peru. She holds a BSc and an Engineering Title from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), and, as a British Government Scholar, she obtained an MSc from University of Wales, UK. She worked as an engineer for more than a decade in different projects in South America and taught engineering courses at PUCP. In the year 2000, she moved to Canada with her family and, a few years later, she decided to fulfill a dream that she had when she was a high school student, to become a high school teacher. She obtained her B.Ed from UBC and started teaching at KDHS in Vancouver in the year 2007. There she taught mostly Physics and Calculus but she also had the opportunity of teaching Spanish and Geography. In all of these courses, she enjoyed implementing the use of technology. Currently, she is very happy teaching Physics and Science and assisting in the coaching of soccer at Brentwood.

When not thinking of Physics, you can find her dancing or volunteering in Peru, and spending time with her husband and son. Together they enjoy very much traveling, supporting their favorite football teams, playing music and taking care of Diego their cat. 

John Luna

M.F.A. (Calgary), B.F.A. (Victoria) Foundation Art, Studio Art AP, Art History

Born in Victoria, where he completed programs at both the Victoria College of Art and the University of Victoria, Mr. Luna has spent the past nine years balancing a love of teaching with pursuits in painting, sculpture and installation work and writing art criticism. He has exhibited and curated installations of painting in connection to poetry, video, sculpture and historical artifacts, in Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary (where he earned an MFA), Edmonton, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as publishing catalogue essays and criticism in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Los Angeles and Jakarta. He has taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art, the University of Victoria, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, and is delighted to have in Brentwood a captive audience for both art history lectures (featuring liberal amounts of drawing) and studio classes (with impromptu slide shows.) When not teaching, Mr. Luna enjoys his cheerful, exhausting family and menagerie.

Soleil Mannion

Soleil Mannion

B.A. (VIU), Art 2-D, Drawing & Painting, Gallery Curator, Fitness Fusion

Soleil Mannion is a graduate of the Chrysalis Theatre School, London, England where she studied drama, dance, and costume design. She worked as an actress and taught drama and costume design at Ruskin Mill College for many years before returning to Canada. More recently she graduated from Vancouver Island University where she studied Fine Arts and has had much success with her oil paintings since graduating in 2009. When not at Brentwood, Soleil can be found covered in paint in her Mill Bay studio where she is currently working on a series of 101 paintings.

Alanna Martin

Alanna Martin

B.Ed. (University of Victoria)

Growing up in British Columbia, Alanna Martin graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education in physical education and mathematics. At university, she played goalkeeper for the 1984 varsity field hockey team (Canadian national champions) and as captain, led her team to a third place national finish in 1985. After teaching in Hazelton, British Columbia, Mrs. Martin returned to Victoria to teach and to help coach the varsity squad. She travelled to Germany with the Senior B.C. indoor team as their manager and athletic trainer. Mrs. Martin taught at Queen Margaret's School and Shawnigan Lake School before joining the Brentwood faculty in 2003 to teach mathematics and coach field hockey. In addition to enjoying baseball, skiing, and swimming, Mrs. Martin also sings in a choir, and is very involved with her family and church. She is a strong supporter of the philosophy and values of the Brentwood community.

Lulu McCallum

B.Ed. (Victoria), Mackenzie Assistant Houseparent, English, Drama

Lulu McCallum was born in East London, South Africa and grew up in Durban. The McCallum family moved throughout Europe and finally settled in the Cowichan Valley. Despite this somewhat peripatetic childhood, she “considers herself completely Canadian with a South African flare.” After graduating from the University of Victoria with her B. Ed. in 2010, Lulu taught English and Visual Arts in Wujiang, China for two years. While teaching in China she traveled extensively throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, and Tibet. An advocate of athleticism and blessed with very high energy levels, Lulu has cycled 1,800 km through Vietnam, hiked to Mount Everest base camp, explored Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and buzzed through the Great Wall of China half-marathon in Beijing. At Brentwood, Ms McCallum leads adventures in English, Drama, and Outdoor Pursuits. As an assistant houseparent, she now finds herself firmly ensconced in Mackenzie House with her partner and fellow cycling enthusiast, Paul, and Kira, the cat.

Scott McGill

Scott McGill

Jazz Diploma (Capilano College) Rock Band

West Coast born and raised, Scott McGill majored in pop voice and jazz at Capilano College in Vancouver. He gained industry attention with the release of two notable independent albums nominated for esteemed music awards: in 1997, the album, First Time won runner-up at the YTV Youth Achievement Awards. In 2000, Check the Hype was nominated Best New Indie Album at the influential West Coast Music Awards. In 2001, Mr.McGill was selected for a part in the Global Television reality show, Pop Stars: Boy Meets Girl, filmed in Toronto. Mr. McGill currently fronts three bands in Vancouver: "Revelry", "Juice", and "Hummer". He also composes and records his own solo projects. He regularly opens for bands such as Nickleback, Widemouth Mason, and Tower of Power and describes his work as "acousticpopfolksouljazz" Currently, Mr.McGill teaches guitar and pop voice at Minstrels Music on Vancouver Island. Mr.McGill's teaching philosophy encourages students to find their own voice through music. At Brentwood, he teaches guitar and has begun the highly popular fine arts programme, "Baker Street Band" - rock school, by any other name.

Marcia McLean

RD, B.Sc. (Dalhousie) Tennis

Mrs. McLean hails from Atlantic Canada and the province of Nova Scotia. Growing up Mrs. McLean competed in many sports, winning High School provincial championships in Volleyball, Basketball and Track and Field. Tennis, however, was her main sport. Mrs. McLean was the top female junior tennis player in Atlantic Canada from the time she was 14 until she graduated to the senior circuit.  She was the top senior player in the Atlantic Provinces for 10 years and  achieved a national Ranking of fifth in Ladies singles.  Mrs. McLean was also the provincial tennis coach for the Province of NS and was the head pro at both indoor and outdoor clubs.

Mrs. McLean is a Registered Dietitian, and her chosen profession eventually brought her to British Columbia where she has worked for the past 20 years in health care and food service management. Locally Mrs. McLean has been involved with coaching and organizing field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, and baseball. Her daughter’s acceptance to Brentwood brought her back to the tennis courts, where she resumed her career as Head of the Brentwood tennis program.
The Brentwood tennis teams are currently defending ISA Jr. and Sr. Girls champions, Sr. Boys Silver Medallist , Mid/North island champions, Island champions, and 4 time Provincial Silver Medallists. Mrs. McLean lives in Mill Bay with her mixed doubles partner and husband Cameron, and their two children. Amanda, '13 recently graduated from Brentwood and is currently a freshman at Stanford University. Nick,'15 is actively involved in the tripartate program at Brentwood.

Miller Michael


B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (Saskatchewan), P.D.P.P. (Victoria); Biology and French

Michael J. R. Miller was born and raised in the non-wilds of Mississauga, Ontario.  A fascination with animals led to a degree in Zoology which eventually turned into a passion for birds.  He then migrated westward to Saskatchewan where he completed a M.Sc. investigating lead poisoning in Bald Eagles.  Work as a field biologist led him to Arizona and sites throughout western Canada and Ontario, all working with various raptor species.  During and after graduate school, Michael taught in biology labs at both the Universities of Saskatchewan and Victoria, and it was there that he realized how much he loved teaching.  He completed his teaching credentials in 2006, and began teaching in the Cowichan Valley School District.  Within the last six years, Michael returned to school to re-visit the French language and has since taught in both the language and science departments at several schools in the Cowichan Valley.  Mr. Miller is known for his infectious enthusiasm in the classroom and for his use of puns to spice-up lessons.  Outside of school, Mr. Miller and his wife Karena are busy raising their sons Jonah and Sam, whilst caring for a variety of other domestic vertebrates.  He and his family can often be found out exploring areas of Vancouver Island “where the wild things are” on foot and via kayak.  A keen interest in astronomy and aviation also keep Michael’s eyes skyward when not looking for birds.

Jillian Napier

B.A.A. (Laurier), B.Ed. (Brock), MBA (UVic), AP Macroeconomics, Basketball

As the daughter of a headmaster and as a student, coach, teacher and houseparent, Jillian has had the good fortune of being part of eight CAIS school communities in her lifetime. 

Jillian graduated from Wilfrid Laurier with her B.B.A. Co-op degree and proceeded to investigate the teaching life at Shawnigan Lake School as a junior faculty member. She enjoyed it so much that she returned to Ontario to earn a B.Ed. at Brock University and then taught at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. Needless to say, she couldn’t shake the West Coast bug, so she and her husband, Jim Ganley, moved back out to the island where Jillian pursued her MBA at UVic and was an assistant coach with the Vikes Women’s Basketball CIS Championship team. Upon receiving her MBA, she spent some time in the e-commerce and consulting industries then switched her main focus to family life and raising three children, Jack, Jensa and Jay, while maintaining a local consulting practice in her spare time.

Jillian brings 3 decades of coaching experience (in basketball, rugby, soccer, rowing and volleyball) to the Brentwood athletic program, ranging from the community level through to elite and provincial development programs. Despite her strapping 5’2” frame, as an athlete, she competed at the university level in rugby, rowing and basketball. Now, a little older and a lot more sensible, you can find her on the hardcourt coaching rather than playing – a transition for which her knees and ankles are deeply grateful.

Dan Norman

Dan Norman

B.Ed. (Ottawa), B.Sc. (Western) Mathematics, Outdoor Pursuits

Dan Norman was born and raised in Toronto, but quickly left. He studied mathematics at the University of Western Ontario and education at the University of Ottawa. During this time, he trained and competed in the sport of whitewater canoe slalom, first qualifying for the Canadian national team in 1988. In 1992, he represented Canada at the Barcelona Olympics. His involvement in competitive kayaking brought him to British Columbia and his interest in the outdoors became a cornerstone of his personal and professional life. Since 2001, in addition to mathematics, Mr. Norman has taught the Outdoor Pursuits programme at Brentwood College since 2001. His passion for the West Coast environment drives him to take students to beautiful places all over Vancouver Island. His preferred modes of transportation are human-powered and include sea kayaks, canoes, and hiking boots. Mr. Norman likes very few things more than goofing around in paddle powered boats – canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. His current challenges include developing and delivering outdoor and experiential education at Brentwood and finding ways to teach math outside the classroom. In his leisure, he and his family spend as much time as possible in remote wilderness locations, and work hard to minimize their footprint on this beautiful island they call home.

Josie Olszewski

B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc. (SFU), Physics, Science, Outdoor Pursuits

Josie Olszewski grew up in northern British Columbia before venturing to Montreal to attend McGill University for her undergraduate degree in Science with a major in physics. Her interest in experimental science and medicine led her to working with the Noble Gas Imaging Group on a project that worked on imaging human lungs with MRI techniques where she obtained her Master of Science. Armed with a passion for learning and a genuine interest in working with students, Josie arrived at Brentwood more than 10 years ago ready to teach. A highly qualified and respected physics teacher at Brentwood, she has also delivered high quality outdoor education to students. Josie has certifications in wilderness first aid, as a top-rope and indoor climbing instructor (ACMG), and she has extensive experience hiking, cycling and kayaking. Jose has a passion for experimental science and learning by doing, and implements both into her classroom. Her friendly presence and dedication to her students have been a major contributors to her success at the School.

Wendy Patel

Grade 8 Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Wendy Patel is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where she majored in Geography and minored in Languages. Wendy’s first teaching contract took her to Africa where she worked in Zimbabwe for three years teaching A levels in Geography, Economics and English. Upon her return to Canada she landed at Shawnigan Lake School where she worked as a teacher, Rowing Coach and House Director. She then moved to Vancouver where she worked at St. George’s School teaching Grade 11 and 12 Earth Science and Geography before moving to West Point Grey Academy where she acted as the home room teacher for Grade 5 through 7 classes.

Susan Quinton

B.A. (U of Winnipeg), B.Ed. (U of Manitoba), M.Ed. (U of Manitoba)

A drama and theatre specialist from Winnipeg, Susan Quinton immigrated to the West Coast in 2003 to teach English and Drama at Brentwood. With an undergraduate degree in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, Mrs. Quinton taught and directed theatre for 26 years at the secondary and university levels in Winnipeg. Her love of the dramatic is only surpassed by her love of nature, the game of tennis, and her family and friends she is encouraging to move to British Columbia. Mrs. Quinton and her husband, Jeff, enjoy the natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley and the weather, which allows them to play outside all year round. She does not miss the snow of her beloved prairie province where she still spends her summers on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

B.A. (S.F.U.), B.Ed. (UBC) 21 Century Studies and Social Studies, Geography 12

After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University, Laura Richardson decided to pursue a family tradition and became a teacher. She completed her B.Ed. at the University of British Columbia in 1991. As teaching jobs were scarce in Vancouver, she headed home to the Fraser Valley where she taught in the Chilliwack School District.Trading the fresh waters of Cultus Lake for the oceanfront of Mill Bay, she and her husband, Dan Norman, both jumped at the opportunity to live and work at Brentwood. The move to the island worked well for her family and after nine years of assistant house parenting in Alex House, Laura moved off-campus in 2010. She continues to spend family time sea kayaking and camping all over the West Coast and recently has taken up gardening as a new passion. As the teacher sponsor of the Brentwood Environmental Action Team, Laura works with her team of students to educate the community about sustainability. Armed with the knowledge and skills to become global stewards, she hopes that when students leave the shores of Mill Bay, they will take better care of their own communities.

Debbie Sage

B.A. (Trent), Science Lab Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Rowing

Where else to develop a love of rowing but in St. Catharines, Ontario, where Debbie Sage spent her youth before moving to Trent University to continue rowing and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and business. Joining the Brentwood rowing staff in 1997, Mrs. Sage also serves as the science lab technician, and Chair of the Brentwood Regatta. Considered one of the luckiest people on earth by her friends ("being paid to do something you love so much!"), Mrs. Sage spends her free time with her husband, Peter, and two children.

Tristan Clausen

Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Beginner Band, Assistant Director Concert Choir

A true Vancouver Islander, Tristan completed a diploma in classical music at VIU and then his Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. Both an instrumentalist and vocalist, he has performed in Victoria as a member of the 5Fd RCA Band and the award winning Vancouver Island Chamber Choir. As a Lieutenant in the Canadian Forces, Tristan has directed both concert and marching bands in parades and ceremonies. He began his teaching career at St. Margaret’s School and has moved on the direct concert bands, jazz bands and choirs of all ages around Victoria. Most recently he served as vocal coach and musical director for a 2015 production of Grease. In his teaching, Tristan focuses on instilling in his students the joy of music making and the self-motivation needed to excel.

Mario DeSandoli

B.Ed. (University of Victoria), Mathematics, Hope Assistant Houseparent

Mario DeSandoli joined us from Dwight School Canada in Shawnigan Lake where he spent five years. Born and raised in the small town of 100 Mile House in the Cariboo region of B.C., Mario attended UVIC and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2002. He has a rich personal history having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, volunteered in refugee camps in Sierra Leone for a year, taken a school service trip to Tanzania and taken a meditation course where he went 12 days without human interaction (or talking or eye contact or reading or writing or anything else)! He loves getting students excited about their studies and enjoys trying to convince them that other subject areas would not even exist if it were not for mathematics. He and his wife, Marianna, are the Hope Assistant Houseparents and live on campus with their three young children - Luca, Massimo and Floriana.

Sharon Hall

BA, PDP (SFU), French, French Immersion

Sharon Hall attended Simon Fraser University for her undergraduate degree with majors in History, Political Science and French. Her teaching experience is varied with everything from French 8-12, Socials Studies 5-11, and for the last 9 years, French Immersion in the Cowichan School District. Sharon is teaching French at the school this year. In her free time Sharon enjoys assorted outdoor activities that the Cowichan Valley offers in abundance.

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

B.Ed. (Vancouver Island University), B.A. (University of Victoria) Social Studies, Advisor, Volleyball and Basketball Coach

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (History and Women’s Studies) from the University of Victoria in 2012 followed by her Bachelor of Education from Vancouver Island University in 2013. Sarah started at Brentwood in 2014-2015 as a Residential Faculty Assistant and quickly fell in love with the Brentwood community. In 2015-2016 Sarah joined the faculty full time in the social studies department. Her passion for history and connecting youth to their learning through hands on activities and technology are just a few things she tries to bring to her classroom. In athletics, Sarah will be working with the girls volleyball programme and is excited to help build athletic confidence with our junior teams. An avid philanthropist Sarah is the school's Terry Fox coordinator. She will also be working with students to ensure inter-house events a yearly highlight! Sarah currently lives in Hope House and is excited to get to know all the students and help them fall in love with learning!

Cheryl Murtland

BEd (York University), MA (University of Toronto), Director of Academics

Born and raised in Ontario, Ms. Murtland attended York University in Toronto where she completed her B.A. in Geography and French as well as her B.Ed. She then honed her craft for a number of years in the Ontario school system before arriving on the west coast to teach geography at SMUS. In 2005 Ms. Murtland completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teacher Development through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. During her time at SMUS she moved into the role of Assistant Director: Student Life and then, Assistant Director of Academics until her arrival at Brentwood. Ms. Murtland arrived at Brentwood in 2015 in the role of Director of Academics. She is an active learner, committed to regular exercise and travel, and a proud mother of two fortunate girls.

Julie Luna

B.A. (Victoria) Design, Grade 8 Art

Julie received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Victoria, where the last year of her degree was spent concentrating on Art Education. Julie also holds a Design Diploma from the Pacific Design Academy, has experience as a design consultant and has studied at the Victoria College of Art and Vancouver Island School of Art. Julie moves from her travel role last year to act as Assistant Instructor for Design 11 and as the Grade 8 Foundation Art teacher.

Amanda Ramundi

B.Sc. (Hons.) (University of Toronto Mississauga), B.Ed. (Queen's University), Grade 8 Science and Mathematics.

Amanda Ramundi was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario.  In 2011, she graduated with a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) with honours.  Shortly after graduating from UTM, she quickly realized a passion for teaching and pursued her B. Ed degree from Queen's University, where she graduated in 2012 with a teaching degree in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.  Throughout the past few years, Amanda has worked at Appleby College (Oakville, Ontario) as a science camp counsellor and at Trinity College School (Port Hope, Ontario) as a science intern and assistant coach for the girls basketball and co-ed badminton teams.  As an avid reader and gamer, Amanda can be seen in front of a good comic book recounting the days of her DC heroes or engulfed in a video game bringing justice to villains in Gotham City.

She is excited to be at Brentwood College School to experience west coast culture for the first time, while assisting with the grade 8 program and tennis teams.

Tanya Scheck

B.A. Kinesiology, Advisor, Volleyball Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ms. Scheck was raised in Northern BC where she developed a keen interest in playing a variety of summer and winter sports.  Her main interests were volleyball, softball, basketball and curling.  It did not take long for Ms. Scheck to realize that volleyball was going to be a sport she continued playing throught her life.  After high school, she went on to play for the College of New Caledonia leading the team to a qualifying spot at the provincial championships.  Ms. Scheck was named to the Inter-Collegiate All-Canadian team.  The University of Victoria was the next stop for Ms. Scheck where she continued her studies and her volleyball career.  She knew her interest in sports would be a stepping stone for her future interest in how the human body moves.  Ms. Scheck gradutated with a degree in Kinesiology from UVIC while playing on the women's varsity volleyball team.  Ms. Scheck was a middle blocker at UVIC training under her mentor, Ms. Jill Fougner.  After graduation from UVIC, Ms. Scheck went on to continue her mentorship as an assistant coach with Ms. Fougner.  Ms. Scheck holds her Level II National Coaching certification in volleyball and joined the Brentwood community in 2003.  Ms. Scheck currently coaches volleyball, girls weight training, the varsity strength and conditioning program as well as the rehabilitation program.  Ms. Scheck and her husband Matt have a daughter.​

Ryan Skardal

B.A., B.Ed. (Brandon University) English Department, Advisory, Cross Country

Originally from Manitoba, Ryan attended Brandon University. There, he studied English literature, wrote for the student newspaper, The Quill, and spoke persuasively and sometimes heckled loudly for the Brandon University Debating Society. When Brandon University offered him a chance to study as an exchange student at Tamkang University in Taiwan, Ryan jumped at the opportunity. Upon returning to Manitoba, Ryan completed his teacher training with the intent to explore new places after graduation. Before coming to Brentwood, teaching took Ryan to Kuwait, Hong Kong, and New Jersey. While in America, Ryan presented at a variety of conferences, including the NCTE Annual Conference, the AP Annual Conference, and the National Writing Project Mid-Winter Conference. In spite of his terribly lacking sense of direction, Ryan is a cheerful -- if often lost -- hiker, runner, and traveler. Pleased to have found a beautiful home with Brentwood College School, Ryan can most likely be found wandering amongst the trees or else through the aisles of a nearby library.

Phil Smith

B.Ed. (UVic), Assistant Houseparent - Allard, M.A Mathematics (Waterloo), Mathematics, Rugby

A keen rugby man, Phil was raised in Victoria and graduated with a B.Ed from the University of Victoria. Urged by his rugby coaches to quit playing (they recognized talent), he started refereeing instead, and progressed to several international tournaments and fixtures.  Around 10 years ago he up and left for Wellington, New Zealand, where he continued to referee, though he quickly became distracted by his future wife Maraina, with whom he now has two children.  Teaching has kept him busy too; he has embraced his inner geek and loves math and technology.  In 2014 he was awarded a Teacher Fellowship through the Royal Society of New Zealand to investigate Maori health and education, and in 2015 he completed a Masters of Mathematics for Teachers at the University of Waterloo.   The lure of Brentwood and the opportunity for his children to connect with their Canadian roots has brought Phil back to Canada, and he is excited to be here!

Rachel Steele-MacInnis

Rachel Steele MacInnis

B.A. (UVic), M. Ed. (Sydney) English, Debating

Growing up in Western Newfoundland, Rachel Steele-MacInnis was inspired by the powerful landscapes and extraordinary storytelling. She completed her schooling in Ottawa and continued her cross-country journey when she chose to complete her undergraduate studies in Victoria. Having set her sights on another, somewhat larger, island, she then moved to Melbourne, Australia, which would become her home of the next ten years. Uplifted by the energy in her classroom, Ms. MacInnis is excited by the insights and creativity of the students she guides. She has travelled widely, but has never escaped the spell that was cast when she first arrived on Vancouver Island. As a teacher of English, Ms. MacInnis often finds herself discussing the significance of setting. She feels very fortunate to find herself in this one.

Fang Sun

Fang Sun

B.Ed. (VIU), Languages

Fang was born and raised in mainland China. After studying at Wuhan University in China, she earned an economic management diploma and worked in a financial institution as a department manager for seven years. She has traveled extensively in South Asia and lived in Singapore for five years. Spending a few years working as a part-time teacher in China, she taught children and adult beginner’s English. Eight years ago, she emigrated from China to Canada and enrolled at Vancouver Island University to study in their Education program. Five years later, she earned her Bachelor of Education degree and BCCT teaching certificate.

Fang also enjoys sports and music. She likes to play tennis and squash, sing, and play the zither in her spare time.

Katrina Tarrant

B.Sc. (WSU), RFA Allard House, Rowing 

Katrina Tarrant is originally from Creston, B.C., where she was introduced to the sport of rowing in 2010, and by 2012 she was part of the gold medal crew at CanAmEx. Katrina received a full rowing scholarship to Washington State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Sport Management with an emphasis in Kinesiology. In addition, she was on the PAC 12 First Academic team multiple years, and finished with a national ranking of 7th in 2015, and 11th in 2016. This is Katrina’s second year at Brentwood. She will continue to work as a coach with the Brentwood College Rowing team and Jr Girls Basketball team, provide administrative support in the Learning Centre, and remain as a Residential Faculty Advisor in Allard House. 

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson

B.A. (Bishop's), Rugby, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Born and raised in Montreal, Shane Thompson grew up in a very athletic family, developing an early and incurable passion for sports. Focusing on university-level basketball, football, and rugby, he attended Bishop’s University and completed a B.A. in Geography and Economics in between practices. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Victoria, played rugby for the Canadian national team, and toured the world several times over. In 2005, Shane transitioned into coaching for Rugby Canada and completed his Masters in Education at the University of Victoria. When not coaching rugby and strength conditioning at Brentwood, Shane works as a professional coach and manager for the BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s program and also coaches the Canada Maple Leafs 7s team. His goal is to strengthen Brentwood’s rugby program and cultivate elite players who may one day realize the Olympic dream. Shane is an outdoor aficionado, a keen traveler, and a surprisingly talented hip hop and swing dancer.

Jenna Warner

Jenna Warner

B.Sc., B.Ed. (University of Manitoba) Assistant Houseparent Alex House, Science, Field Hockey

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jenna Warner is a prairie girl at heart.  After earning her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba, she moved west to join the Brentwood community to teach science and biology and live on campus as a Resident Assistant. A sports fanatic from childhood, Ms. Warner plays basketball, badminton, soccer, but field hockey is her passion. She represented the University of Manitoba, and has played and coached field hockey at both the Western Canada Summer Games and Canada Summer Games. Ms. Warner is thrilled to be co-coaching Brentwood’s 1st XI field hockey team.

Jordan Warner

Jordan Warner

B.Sc., B.Ed. (University of Manitoba), Mathematics, Basketball, Volleyball

Growing up in Roblin, Manitoba, Jordan Warner played a variety of sports in his youth, with his main focus on hockey and baseball. After graduating from high school as one of the top scholar/athletes in Manitoba, he obtained both his Bachelor of Science (Math and Physics) and Bachelor of Education with distinction from the University of Manitoba. It was during this time that he met his future wife. After a summer of teaching kindergarten in Thailand, Mr. Warner and his wife came to Brentwood to teach mathematics and coach basketball. A former assistant houseparent of Rogers House, Mr. Warner currently lives with his wife in Alexandra House.

Sue Whitney

Sue Whitney

B.Ed. (Alberta) Rowing

Sue Whitney is a life-time sportswoman who grew up in England where she trained as a teacher before emigrating to Canada in 1968. She taught briefly in Northern Alberta before teaching in Edmonton for twenty years, subsequently moving to Cobble Hill, BC in pursuit of four separate seasons. After retiring from teaching, she starting coaching field hockey and rowing at Brentwood. A lifelong fan of field hockey, Sue played for Alberta in 1972-1977 and for Canada in 1973 and still plays outdoor games with the local ladies team in the Victoria league. She started the Cowichan Valley indoor field hockey program twenty five years ago. In November 2013 Sue was recognized by Field Hockey B.C. with an award for outstanding contribution to field hockey. An enthusiastic sailor and fan of water, Sue learned to row as an adult and now coaches junior boys rowing and recreational rowing. She is the parent of former students, Mark '91, Rebecca '98. When she isn't out on the water or near the fields, she supervises in all the boarding houses claiming to be the students' favourite granny!

Mark Wismer

Mark Wismer

B.A. (McGill), B.Ed. (Ottawa) Houseparent ­Ellis House, Social Studies, Government, Rowing

Mark Wismer grew up on beautiful Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. It was here in this idyllic setting that he first developed his interest in teaching from his mother, also a teacher. Mr. Wismer graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Geography from McGill University. During his time at McGill, he was introduced to the sport of rowing and joined the varsity team for the last three years of his degree. After graduation, he moved out west to hone his rowing skills on Elk Lake, Victoria, a well-known training ground for the top rowers in the country. It was during this time that Mr. Wismer first joined the Brentwood community, working as an intern. Called back to the East, he returned to Montreal and got married to his wife: current part-time nurse Ulrika Drevniok. Curiously enough, when the couple first met, Mrs. Drevniok was being coached by Brentonian Dave Calder (1996), a silver medal Olympian. While in Montreal he coached rowing at McGill and served as the Head Coach of the rowing club for one year. In 2008, the Wismers moved to Ottawa where he completed his education degree at the University of Ottawa. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Wismer formally to our school in September 2009 where he is Assistant Houseparent in Ellis House and teaching in the Social Studies department when he isn't coaching rowing. He and his wife have also added two wonderful children – Cormac and Stella Maris - to the Brentwood family.

Sarah Wolinsky

B.A., B.Ed., M.A. (Queen’s University), Assistant Houseparent - Privett

Originally hailing from Toronto, Sarah has worn a variety of hats over the last few years. She has worked as a canoe trip guide and camp director, got her Master’s degree in early modern Japanese history from Queen’s, and started working with her teaching background in history and math. She finally found a middle ground in outdoor education and independent boarding schools, spending a year at Rothesay Netherwood School before finding her way to Brentwood where she now works in the Learning Centre. Equal parts outdoorswoman, historian, mathematician and gamer, Sarah brings her eclectic blend of passions and interests with her to Hope House, where she is the Resident Faculty Assistant.

Natasha Ostopovich

B.Sc. (WSU), RFA Coordinator, Allard RFA

Natasha comes from the small Village of Sydenham, Ontario. Natasha graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology: Health and Fitness Teaching, minoring in Psychology) from Washington State University in 2012, where she exhausted her rowing eligibility, and competed at three NCAA Championships. While at WSU, Natasha was involved in a number of community service opportunities, as well as serving as a Peer Academic Counselor, for incoming Freshman student-athletes, and representing the rowing team on the Student Athlete Academic Advisory Committee. After completing her undergrad, she went on to become a Graduate Assistant Coach for the University of Tulsa's Women's Rowing Team, where she completed her Masters in Educational Studies, focusing on how athletes define and set goals, in 2014. From there she was hired on as the Recruiting Coordinator. Wanting to explore her career as a teacher, Natasha took a year abroad, teaching at an Elementary school in England. After returning to Canada, and working at the local college in her neighboring city, Natasha was excited to get back into the coaching and the high school environment. Intrigued by the values and Mission Statement at Brentwood, she jumped at the opportunity to immerse herself in the Brentwood community.  

Laurel Calhoun

Certified Athletic Therapist, RFA, BAHSc. Athletic Therapy (Sheridan College), BSc. Kinesiology, (Waterloo)

Laurel graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences degree, specializing in Athletic Therapy, from Sheridan College. Laurel completed her National Certification Exam through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in June 2014 to become a Certified Athletic Therapist. She is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Certified First Responder.

Originally from Brampton, Ontario Laurel moved to British Columbia in the summer of 2014 seeking change and new adventure. Laurel spent two years in Trail, BC working with their Junior A hockey program, before jumping at the opportunity to join Brentwood College in September 2016 to pursue her long-term goal of working with student-athletes in a private school setting. As a Certified Athletic Therapist, Laurel specializes in the prevention, immediate care, rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. At Brentwood, Laurel provides field coverage and medical support for Brentwood’s athletic programs, supports the recovery of students with concussions and provides clinical treatments for those students with sports-related injuries to help return them to their sport in a safe and timely manner. Laurel is excited to have the opportunity to support the health and wellness of Brentwood students and develop the overall sports medicine program for the school. In addition to her role as the school’s Athletic Therapist, Laurel is an advisor and has taken on some duties of a Resident Faculty Assistant. In her spare time Laurel loves to hike and explore the Island, read and is learning to play the guitar.

Travis Larsen

BBA, RFA Privett House, Rugby

Travis is originally from Parksville, BC. At the age of six his family moved overseas to Fiji and then the Cook Islands before settling down in New Zealand at age ten. Whilst in New Zealand he was introduced to rugby and played for a number of representative age grade teams as well as representing New Zealand Universities and the New Zealand Barbarians. Travis also completed a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Property Management and Valuation as well as Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. After graduating he accepted a professional rugby contract in Italy where he lived and played for two seasons. He always had aspirations to play for the country of his birth and has since moved back to Canada to train with the Rugby Canada men's XVs program based in Langford. This is Travis’ first year at Brentwood where he will be assisting in coaching the women's rugby team as well as being a Residential Faculty Advisor of Whittall house. On holidays he loves to travel and experience new parts of the world as well as spending quality time with his friends and family.

Paige Phillips

B.BA. HR, RFA Alex House, Dance

Paige has lived on Vancouver Island since the age of five and grew up in the Comox Valley until she graduated high school. At age four she developed a passion for dance and has since spent the majority of her time in the dance studio where she has been involved in examinations, competitions, and performances with a focus in ballet. After high school Paige moved to Victoria where she attended Camosun College to first obtain her General Business Diploma and continued to complete her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources and Leadership and completion of Co-op Designation. After finishing her degree, Miss Phillips entered the workforce for three years in Strata Property Management and Human Resources. This is Paige's first year at Brentwood where she will be a Resident Faculty Advisor of Alex House, as well as being involved in the dance program. In her spare time she enjoys exploring remote areas of Vancouver Island, social events with friends and family, and being emerged in new cultures through travel.

Moyra Bell

BRLS Outdoor Recreation( Brock), Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) - RFA Hope House, Outdoor Pursuits Coach, SPARC

Ms. Bell is from Toronto, Ontario and is new to Vancouver Island. Ms. Bell graduated from Brock University in 2015 with an Honours degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Bell’s love for the outdoors started at the canoe tripping summer camp Camp Kandalore, which she attended for 10 years. Her favourite outdoor pursuits are white water canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. She has lived in Banff, Alberta for a year as a ski instructor and heritage ambassador. For her entire third year of University Ms. Bell studied abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand in the University of Otago Physical Education Department. Ms. Bell has recently received a certificate of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) from the Flourishing Centre. She is an experiential educator who understands the importance of building Grit and Joy in youth. Ms. Bell is looking forward to being apart of Brentwood’s peer to peer counselling program (SPARC) and facilitating student learning with the goal to inspire youth to know and be themselves.

Kendra Thompson

B.A. (Bishop’s University), Cross Training, Rogers House

Miss Thompson is a new RFA in Rogers House this year. She is originally from Montreal but went to school at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke where she graduated with a BA in English Literature. She is one of the four Cross Training coaches at Brentwood.

Laryssa Biesenthal

Laryssa Biesenthal - Head of Rowing

ChPC, Level 4 National Coaching Certificate, Head of Rowing

Laryssa is a decorated athlete and coach. She represented Canada at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where, in both cases, she earned bronze medals. As a coach, she has worked with crews at high school, university, World Championship, and Olympic (for both Canada and Australia) levels. Her coaching success includes a world championship, World Cup medals, and Olympic Games finals. With this experience and her Level 4 Canadian National Coaching Certification, Laryssa brings a breadth and depth of experience to our already talented coaching staff.

Doug Branchflower

BA. (Saskatchewan), B.Ed. (Alberta) Business and Social Studies, Rugby

Doug received his B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his B.Ed. at the University of Alberta. He has taught all levels of business - from senior economics to entrepreneurship - as well as history, law and English. Having attended and worked at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Doug is a boarding school stalwart. Most recently Doug was the Director of Athletics and Head of Humanities at Notre Dame, where is he was also a Houseparent for seven years. Doug is an accomplished rugby coach having run men’s and women’s provincial teams in Saskatchewan, and been an assistant coach of the Canada U17 team.. 

Steven Prokopchuk

B.Sc., B.Ed. (Alberta) Senior Math Teacher

Steven is originally from Edmonton and has lived in Vancouver, rural Quebec, Scotland, and most recently, Washington state. He has B.Sc and B.Ed degrees from the University of Alberta and is currently completing his Masters of Mathematics Teaching (MMT) from the University of Waterloo. Steven has experience in the public school system and more recently was the Upper School Mathematics Department Head at Sedbergh School in Montebello, Quebec (2006-2010). Since 2010, he has been Mathematics Department Chair at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington, where he coached the school's math team to several state titles. Steven enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and cross-country skiing.

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