Head's Welcome

Head of School's Welcome

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  • Welcome to Shawnigan! Our responsibility as staff here at Shawnigan is to support and inspire our students – with our values-based education at the heart of our teaching – so that they can achieve their potential and live fulfilling lives.

    Shawnigan Lake School's mission and values are inseparable from the fact that we are first and foremost a co-educational boarding school; a welcoming community whose aim it is to prepare our young men and women equally for independent and inspiring futures through the means of a well-balanced, holistic education. 

    Five hundred students, representing over thirty nations, come together each year to live and study in this unparalleled setting on the edge of Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island. We encourage all students to develop an understanding of and commitment to the people, the place and the heritage of Canada, British Columbia and Shawnigan. At the same time, we challenge ourselves each year to be relevant, purposeful and of service in a changing and increasingly global world.

    The conversations, connections, sense of community, and friendships forged through these shared experiences are, I believe, part of the magic of our School.

    On this website, we will try to give you a sense of who we are and what we do – and we hope that your exploration of these pages will lead you to visit us in real time and to meet the people who together create this unique and remarkable community at Shawnigan.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    Larry's Signature

    Richard D A Lamont
    Head of School
Project Future

Head's office

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  • Photo of Richard Lamont

    Richard Lamont 

    Head of School
  • Photo of Cheryl Miranda

    Cheryl Miranda 

    Director of the Head's Office
  • Photo of Melody Vouriot

    Melody Vouriot 

    Executive Assistant

Head's Reflection

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  • BE A JEDI Chair Announcement

    Following on from an internal process for the appointment of the BE A JEDI (Belonging, Equity, Acceptance, and Justice – Embracing Diversity and Intersectionality) Chair, I am delighted to announce that Andrea Carballo has been appointed to this position at Shawnigan for the school year 2024-25.
    As many of you will know, Andrea is passionate about diversity and inclusion and wants to make sure everyone at our school feels like they belong. She is a Costa Rican Brazilian who has lived in Costa Rica, Spain, the Dominican Republic, the US and Canada, speaks three languages, attended international schools, and is the parent of three multi-cultural children.
    Andrea has been at Shawnigan since 2008 and firmly believes there are so many ideas and so many ways to grow as a School. With the support from the BE A JEDI Committee and with the upcoming publication of the CAIS Peer Report, Andrea plans to champion the commendations and act upon the recommendations in a way that calls upon everyone at Shawnigan to BE A JEDI.
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We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.