He was Head of the English Department and then Head of Upper School and a member of the Senior Management Team at Marlborough College (one of the foremost co-educational boarding schools in England). During this time and as part of a teacher exchange, he worked for a term (2009) in the English Department at UWC Waterford Kamhlaba (Swaziland), which gave him his first insight into the educational model and philosophy of the United World Colleges.
From 2012 to 2018, Larry was Rektor (Head) of UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway), a co-educational boarding school in the fjords with students from over 85 countries.
Larry has a background in experiential and expeditionary learning, and has co-led school expeditions to many parts of the world—from cultural tours of Cuba to wilderness trails in the iMfolozi and Drakensberg reserves in South Africa. He is a keen team sportsman, skier and fly fisherman and an experienced cricket and field hockey coach.
Larry was appointed to the position of Headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School in August 2017 and moved with his family—Kathini, Poppy, Phoebe and two whippets—in July 2018.
When not on campus, he can be found exploring and fishing rivers on Vancouver Island.
After 15 summers attending and working at YMCA Camp PineCrest in Muskoka, Ontario, making the move to the boarding environment was a quick transition, and the best decision she could have made for her career. Her move to BC was supposed to be for only one year, but when she settled into the School, she quickly wanted to stay. In addition to continuing with her passion as a mathematics teacher, Wendy has been a House Director, the Registrar, and the Dean of Academics. Since her arrival 22 years ago, Wendy has also been able to be involved with rowing, outdoors, the Yearbook, and organized the School’s annual Ski Week for 15 years. Her latest projects have been to finish her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and the CAIS Advanced Leadership Institute Diploma – two programs that she draws from in current her role as Assistant Head - Academics. Now living just off campus with her husband, Wendy’s life and career have been significantly impacted by Shawnigan. She finds being able to work with such an amazing group of students and staff to be a true privilege, and yes, she has been struck by lightning.
The venture ultimately included stops at the Auckland Grammar School and independent boarding schools in Blackpool and East Hampshire, UK, as well as the Institute Le Rosey, Switzerland. 15 years later, he returned to Vancouver Island to take on the role as Shawnigan's Director of Student Life.
Matt's current role includes leading the school’s central discipline system, leading the School Prefect group and wider leadership development structures, organizing/facilitating student events, and developing a Shawnigan Life Curriculum that aims to equip students with the skills to be happy, healthy and ready for life after Shawnigan.
Matt is a husband, father to three energetic and wonderful children, an outdoor enthusiast, and a rugby fanatic.
This work continued as she did her post-graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Ultimately, instructing and helping students in science and statistics sparked a passion for teaching and learning that became a lifelong vocation. During a hiatus from the academic realm, she and her husband, George, had two children, Fiona (‘03) and Frazer (‘07). Erica joined Shawnigan Lake School in 1991 as a math tutor and librarian. After a taste of doing duty in Kaye’s House, she jumped at the opportunity to become its second House Director. She enjoyed a rewarding 19-year tenure in this position while concurrently teaching mathematics. She currently holds the positions of Director of Residential Life and Head of the Mathematics Department. In her infrequent spare moments, she tends her extensive gardens and loves spending time with her two delightful granddaughters.
Rhod moved to Canada in 1984. His first eight years in Canada were at St Michael's University School, Victoria, where he was a housemaster and a science teacher. Rhod and his family came to Shawnigan in 1993 where he very happily ran Ripley's House for 17 years. During his tenure at Ripley's, he taught science and ran the rugby program. After house directing he moved into administration where he oversaw tone and discipline at the school. Rhod is now involved with the gap and intern program, Alumni Relations and Admissions. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Gaynor, who runs the Admissions team at the school. They have two sons, Dafydd (Ripley's '08) and Owain (Ripley's '09). In his spare time, Rhod enjoys hiking and pottering around the garden.
Following her childhood dream, to become a teacher, Gaynor received a bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate from Cardiff University and took her first job as a biology and math teacher in North Wales in a town called Mold.
After two years, she moved back to Cardiff and Glantaff School where she taught science for ten years. Gaynor was recognized early in her career as a leader, and was appointed Head of the Glantaff Middle School after several years of teaching.
During this time, Gaynor married Rhodri Samuel. Rhod was working in Canada at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, so Gaynor made the move to SMUS as Head of Girls’ Boarding. After a couple of years, Rhodri and Gaynor moved back to Wales to start a family and worked at Christ College, Brecon.
Two years, and two children later, the Samuel family heard of an opportunity at Shawnigan Lake School. Rhodri was appointed Head of Ripley’s and Gaynor settled into her role as “House Mother” and relished the opportunity to spend time with her own growing children in the comfortable setting of Shawnigan.
In 2006, Gaynor left teaching to become an Admissions Associate, taking over the role of Admissions Director in 2008. When not at work, Gaynor is a keen interior designer and is highly sought after to assist in the decorations of houses on campus.
At Shawnigan, he leads the Advancement and External Relations team, focusing on strategic planning and relationship building within the school community. Rudy received his BA in Recreation and Leadership Studies from Concordia University and his MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph and previously held senior leadership roles at schools in Ontario. In addition to his day job, Rudy is an in-demand public speaker and community leader and has consulted for many organizations and schools. When he's not on the Shawnigan campus, you're likely to find Rudy running up a mountain, cycling around the region or making his famous pizza.
Early years saw her trotting the globe, specializing predominantly in international banking. She then went on to head up the finance team of a multibillion-pound UK government department. Moving to Canada with a young family, she went on to head the finance team at Royal Roads University. With one daughter already happily enjoying the Shawnigan academic and philosophical lifestyle, Nic joined the team as CFO in 2017.
Outside of finance, Nic is a keen gardener and community volunteer. Married to her husband of more than 25 years, she has two daughters, two cats, and a Paddington Bear stare that can bring down a rhino at 200 paces.
John enjoys finding solutions by uncovering the root causes of problems. He is particularly interested in organizational cultures that learn to attract, hire, and keep great people. He has worked with charities and non-profit organizations in various roles, and he holds degrees from the University of Alberta (BComm) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA).
John is a member of the CPHR BC & Yukon, the International Institute of Business Analysis, a member and former director of professional development for The Institute for Performance and Learning, and a former board member for Uncles and Aunts at Large. When not managing the HR function at Shawnigan, you can usually find him making a joyful noise at his music studio or running the best trails imaginable on Vancouver Island.
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.