Marlese grew up in Salmon Arm, B.C. She went on to play varsity basketball at Simon Fraser University where she obtained her degree in Communications. Marlese and her husband Wes (Copeman's '97) came to the School in 2012. They currently live in Lake's House with their two daughters Ava & Sophia. Since 2012, Marlese has worked in the Communications department, coached basketball and now fills the role of Events Coordinator for the Alumni Relations and Advancement Department. She enjoys spending time with her family and being part of the Shawnigan community.
Originally from Gibsons, B.C., Sarah graduated from Shawnigan in 2007 (Kaye's) and went on to complete undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology. She returned to Shawnigan in 2016 to work with the Admissions team and has since found an accompanying role within Alumni Relations. Sarah enjoys living and working in Kaye's House as the residential assistant and also runs an after-school health and wellness activity "Happy Bodies Healthy Minds."
New Zealand native Gemma joined the Shawnigan community inJune 2016after relocating together with her spouse, Shawnigan female varsity hockey coach and teacher Carly Haggard, from the beaches of Northern Queensland, Australia. Gemma brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge to her role as database manager in the Advancement Office. In this role she is responsible for the management, organization and integrity of Shawnigan alumni data that helps support the activities of other members of the Advancement team. In addition to a busy work life, Gemma is kept active at home by her 9-month-old son and two dogs.
Nicole Ronald-Jones first worked at Shawnigan from 2003 to 2006 as the junior fine art woodwork instructor. She returned to the School in 2012 to work in Advancement and took on the the role of archivist in 2017, in addition to her continuing position as assistant house director of Groves'. Nicole and husband Matthuw Ronald-Jones '93 (former Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund) live in Groves' House with their two children, Dennis and Poppy, and dog Harpo.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Megan recently joined the Shawnigan community as an events assistant in the Advancement office. In June 2016, Megan graduated with Bachelor of Management and Bachelor of Science (Recreation) degrees from Dalhousie University, where she studied in the Recreation Management program. She left with an interest in event management, particularly in sport, but is keen on continuing to explore her interests and to best apply her knowledge and education to her work at Shawnigan.
Century is the story of Shawnigan Lake School, an independent boarding school on Vancouver Island. Founded in 1916 by C. W. Lonsdale, Shawnigan has become Canada’s Boarding School. This book tracks the history of the School from its humble beginnings, through a century of challenges and triumphs, to its present position as the country’s foremost coeducational boarding high school.
In Century, Jay Connolly provides the narrative backbone of Shawnigan’s history but leaves much of the storytelling in the hands of the students, teachers, and leaders who have lived and shaped Shawnigan Lake School. “Adolescence—or the recollection of adolescence,” he writes in the preface, “provides a particularly rich speaking moment because it often combines raw emotional experience with revelations of body, mind, and spirit. In the best of these interviews, the confluence of these factors leads to epiphany.” Century gives us an inside view of a remarkable Canadian school.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.