Senior Leadership Team

Head of School

Richard 'Larry' Lamont

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  • Larry studied at Winchester College, one of England's oldest boarding schools, and holds qualifications from the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford and is a teacher of English Literature.

    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.

Director of Admissions

Gaynor Samuel

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  • Gaynor Samuel was brought up in a tiny coal-mining village in Wales. It was here, at the foot of the Black Mountain in Brynaman, where she learned the strong family values and traditions that make her such a natural for Shawnigan.

    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.

Assistant Head - Academics

Wendy Milne

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  • Wendy Milne (neé Woollven) joined the Shawnigan Lake School staff in 1997 after completing her B.Sc. in Mathematics and Geography at Trent University and her B.Ed. at the Intermediate-Senior level through the Trent-Queen’s Concurrent Education Program.

    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.

Executive Director Advancement & Community Engagement

Greg Stevenson

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  • Greg was born in Sherbrooke, QC and attended Bishop’s College School, an independent school with similar roots as Shawnigan, and McGill University.

    Where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce with distinction and competed as a championship Varsity rower before moving to Vancouver Island to train with the national rowing team. A two-time Olympian, Greg represented Canada at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games and subsequently worked in amateur sport fundraising as VP Corporate Development for Foundation 2000Plus. Concurrently volunteering in the public school system near Victoria, BC, Greg worked with his wife Corinna to develop sport and outdoor education programs with a focus on youth at risk. Together, they went on to establish the Outreach Adventure Society and CanAdventure Education Ltd, organizations that engaged hundreds of struggling youth in healthy outdoor pursuits, experiential education, and life choices while maintaining progress toward graduation. Through his work and Corinna's Métis heritage, Greg has become a passionate Indigenous ally, environmentalist, and advocate for cultural awareness, respect, and diversity.

    In 2013, as their son Dakota reached high school age, the Stevensons returned to Bishop’s College School, where Greg took up the Director of Advancement role. Missing the beauty of their Vancouver Island home, however, they transferred to Shawnigan Lake School in 2017, where Greg now serves as Executive Director of Advancement & Community Engagement.
     
    Greg is eager to connect those that are passionate about Shawnigan with the exciting plans in place for the School. A deep believer in the positive impact that philanthropy can have on future generations, he is eager to support the development of Shawnigan’s programs, scholarships and financial assistance, endowment, and beautiful campus through the support and contributions of so many in the School community.
     
    Please reach out to Greg if you would like to learn more about Shawnigan’s ambitious plans, and how you can get involved: gstevenson@shawnigan.ca or 250-743-6487.

Assistant Head - Student Life

Matthew Clinton-Baker

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Director of Professional Development

CARI BELL

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Assistant Head Co-Curricular

Nigel Mayes

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  • Graduating from the University of Victoria’s Chemistry Co-op program, Nigel developed significant industrial experience as a synthetic organic chemist before shifting into education.

    Attracted to the deeply fulfilling work and diversity of opportunities in education, his early career included teaching chemistry and physics in Pemberton and Castlegar, BC. Before returning to Shawnigan in 2001, Nigel helped to build the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at the Dresden International School.
     
    The challenges of building a new school in Dresden inspired his work at Shawnigan. He has been a key developer of new Shawnigan programs including: the on-campus Montessori preschool, World Champion robotics program, astronomical observatory and international science fair opportunities. For 20 years, he has been a key organizer of the School’s annual Ski Week. Sharing the Manning Park Ski Week experience with students is Nigel’s favorite part of Shawnigan.
     
    Nigel’s current role includes leading the co-curricular programs at the School. This includes our sport and 360 (arts and activities) programs as well as overseeing all trips and tours, including Shawnigan’s EDGE program – our unique set of national and international service-learning opportunities.
     
    With an insatiable desire to be in the outdoors, Nigel’s mission is to ensure that all Shawnigan students experience the natural wonders of Vancouver Island.

SENIOR MASTER & DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS

Rhodri Samuel

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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

NICOLA OLDFIELD

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