Meet the Advancement Team

Chris Spicer

Chris Spicer

Director of Advancement - Email Chris

I have had the great good fortune to live the majority of my life in Victoria. I attended independent school where my lifelong love for sport, fitness and active health – particularly rugby – was sparked. I played the game in school, at the University of Victoria and for my club, now Castaway Wanderers where I have served as President and continue on as a board member.

I am married. Alex and I have three wonderful sons, two daughters in law and, so far, two grandchildren.  I am a kayaker, a recreational cyclist, a hiker, a neophyte but enthusiastic fisherman and deeply committed to family, friends and to my community.

I feel extremely fortunate to be working with Brentwood College and their superb Advancement staff. I have worked in Advancement  for over 25 years and look forward to doing all I can to engage the support of members of the Brentwood College School community in continuing to strengthen this outstanding school while building on the history of giving that has been established by all those who have given and created this magnificent legacy.

John Allpress

John Allpress

Deputy Head - Email John

Raised and educated in the South Island of New Zealand, I have degrees in science and commerce from the University of Canterbury. After playing representative rugby for Canterbury and teaching mathematics for three years in Christchurch, the lure of powder skiing brought me to Canada. Since joining the faculty in 1980, I have served as Houseparent of Rogers, Head of the Mathematics Department, coach of the 1st XV rugby team, coach of the colt rowing squad, and Director of Admissions. I was appointed Deputy Head of School in 2000 with particular responsibility for establishing an advancement team to raise funds to finance the Bunch Centre for Performing Arts, the Maeda Health Centre, Allard House, a new Dining Room and Student Services Centre, and a classroom block to replace the ten teaching spaces and four visual arts studios presently located to the north of the Boat House/Founders Plaza. With equal priority I have worked to build Brentwood’s endowment which provides financial assistance for worthy students, and hope to see it reach the $20 million mark before I retire. A passion for the outdoors prevails when I am away from Brentwood; I find time to ski and fly fish with my son, Jack (Class of 2004), and enjoy roaming the foothills of the Rockies on horseback with my wife, Celia, at her family's ranch in the Kananaskis, southwest of Calgary.

Tracy Arden

Annual Giving Manager - Email Tracy

I was born & raised in Victoria but now enthusiastically live in the Cowichan Valley with my husband Glenn and dog Bella where we enjoy the perks of the Valley. From the hiking & mountain biking trails to the vineyards and eateries – there is always something to explore. Our daughter Annie is in her third year of an Honors Criminal Justice & Public Policy degree at the University of Guelph.

My career has taken me from working in the field of labour relations at a Toronto law firm to post-secondary institutions including VIU, Royal Roads and the University of Victoria. At the University of Victoria, I worked in various departments, including the Provost’s Office, Ceremonies & Events and Corporate Relations. When my family relocated to the Cowichan Valley in 2010, I accepted a position at Queen Margaret’s School where I spent the past five years working as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

The next chapter of my career has brought me to Brentwood College School in the position of Annual Giving Manager. I am delighted to be part of a team which value education, integrity and respect for all members of our community.

I am proud to represent Brentwood College at every opportunity I get, whether it’s attending a function, travelling and meeting new families or advocating for our Annual Giving Campaign.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have something you would like to share, and if you are in town, my door is always open! 

Michelle Pace

Advancement Assistant - Email Michelle 

Michelle Pace has been working at Brentwood for three years - in Admissions, in Reception and in Facilities. Michelle joined the Advancement Team in September, 2017 to manage our database and provide essential support for the team.

Prior to joining the Brentwood family, Michelle spent several years working in the hospitality industry, including seven years at Merridale Cidery where she worked in all aspects of the operation.

Michelle, her husband Grant and daughter Ciarra live in Shawnigan Lake with their two BIG dogs and one cat.

Since moving to Vancouver Island from Southern Alberta in 1999, Michelle and her family enjoy hiking, paddle boarding and camping. Michelle is an avid reader and enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on.

Amy Weinberg

Amy Weinberg

Alumni Relations Manager - Email Amy

I am a proud Cowichan Valley local, born and raised, and an Old Brentonian (Gwynneth ’05). After graduating from Brentwood I took a year off to pursue some exciting travel and work experiences in Australia, Fiji, and the UK before coming back to Vancouver Island to pursue my post-secondary education. I completed a Diploma in Music from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and later a B.A. English with Honours from the University of Victoria in 2012.

My work experiences have taken me from driving tractors at a lettuce farm in Queensland, Australia to teaching piano and voice lessons in Cowichan, to working for the MBA Program at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria where I was part of a fantastic team for almost 5 years. 

My student experience at Brentwood was incredible because it built my character while giving me a range of skills and opportunities, without which, I wouldn’t have had such amazing post-Brentwood adventures. I’m thrilled to be back at Brentwood working with our Alumni, and to be back in the valley again with my partner Greg, my three year old daughter Robyn, and our corgi Henry.

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