The Trafalgar Castle School Board of Directors is responsible for the school’s overall stewardship and governance, which includes overseeing the school’s financial affairs, policies and strategic direction, and appointment of the Head of School. A committed group of volunteers, board members are drawn from current and past parents, alumnae and external friends of the school. Board members also include the President of the Parents’ Guild and the President of the Alumnae Association.
Members are recruited for their specific skills and/or expertise, their alignment of values with the school, and a commitment to ensuring the school achieves its mission and vision.
The Board of Directors meets as a full Board at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the school year, and also conducts its business through the following committees that bring recommendations to the entire Board:
The Advancement Committee acts as liaison between the Board and the School around fundraising and advancement strategies. Reviewing the School’s annual plans for advancement activities, the committee provides input as required and monitors progress towards achieving annual goals. The Committee reviews cost and benefit of current and proposed strategies and has oversight of the application of the school’s Gifting Policy.
Comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary of the Board and the Head of School, the Executive Committee develops the Board’s work plan for the school year and assists the Chair in monitoring the Board’s progress of its annual goals and overall operations. The Committee is the Board’s primary interface with the Head of School. It conducts periodic reviews of the school’s risk management strategy and policies to ensure they are being effectively managed.
The Finance and Property Committee reviews the monthly financial results; annual budget; management processes and internal controls over financial reporting, compliance and operations; and meets with the external auditors to recommend approval of the audited annual financial statements. The Committee also recommends the appointment of the external auditors to the Board. It advises on financial strategies and reviews the school’s investments in compliance with the school’s investment policy. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board on matters dealing with the improvement, maintenance, and use of the property of the School.
Advising on matters relating to the Board’s governance, structure, policies and processes, the Governance Committee also identifies, assesses and recommends qualified individuals as nominees for appointment as directors. It develops recommendations regarding the experience, competencies, skills and personal qualities for potential directors, taking into account the Board’s short-term needs and long-term succession plans.
A parent of a Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 2013, Bob is the Discipline Lead, Municipal Roads for Ontario and Atlantic at WSP Group, one of the largest engineering and planning consulting firms in the world. He is also a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2013, and its Chair since 2016, Bob has previously been Vice-Chair, as well as Parents’ Guild President.
Jason is the founder and Managing Director of The Search Agency Corp. and the proud parent of two current Trafalgar students.
A member of the Board of Directors since 2015, Jason also serves as Vice-Chair and sits on the Executive Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 2002, Selena is the Marketing Director at A.M. Fredericks Underwriting Management Ltd. She is also a member of the Toronto Insurance Women’s Association.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Selena wanted to give back to her alma mater, as she credits Trafalgar with giving her many wonderful memories and positive, life-changing experiences. Selena also serves as Secretary and sits on the Board’s Governance Committee.
A parent of one Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2017 and one current Trafalgar student, Tracey is the Vice President, Commercial Credit Risk Management at TD Bank, with over 20 years experience in the financial industry.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, Tracey is the Chair of the school’s Finance and Property Committee, and has previously been the Treasurer of the school’s Parents’ Guild.
A parent of one Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2017 and one current Trafalgar student, Robyn is the President of the school’s Parents’ Guild since 2017. Previous to that, she was Parents’ Guild Vice-President and a Grade Rep.
A long-time friend of the school, Douglas has been in the construction industry for over 35 years, and prior to that, in the music business. He also holds positions at Pickering Village United Church, including: Property Chair, Board member, Executive Committee member, Trustee, Bookings Chair and Choir member.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2009, Douglas sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.
Jan is a former administrator at Trafalgar Castle School, and is recently retired from the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario where she was Executive Director for 6 years.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Jan currently sits on the school’s Governance Committee.
A friend to the school, Shahid has also been a guardian for several former Trafalgar students. He is an Immigration Consultant at CD Alliance Inc.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Shahid currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna from the class of 2000, Julia is Financial Controller, Nuclear Division at E.S. Fox, overseeing financial reporting, budgeting, billing and payroll functions.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Julia currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.
A parent of two current Trafalgar students, Phil is a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Phil is keen to contribute to effective and transparent decision-making. He currently sits on the school’s Governance Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna and parent of a current Trafalgar student, Jacqueline has been an educator with the Durham District School Board for over 20 years.
As a member of the Board since 2007, Jacqueline is President of the school’s Alumnae Association.
A parent of two current Trafalgar students, Sean is a pediatrician at Kinderclinic Pediatric Office.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Sean is a strong advocate for independent girls’ schools and believes passionately that Trafalgar Castle is a wonderful place for girls to thrive and succeed. He currently sits on the school’s Advancement Committee.
A parent of a current student from Trafalgar’s inaugural Grade 5 class, Rorie is President of McCAM Insurance Brokers. He is also a partner of business affairs in Raven Banner Entertainment as well as President of the Skyline Entertainment Group.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2015, Rorie currently sits on the School’s Advancement Committee.
A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Dave is the Director of Operations at the Town of Ajax. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Dave currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 2002, Jessica is a Financial Advisor at Sun Life Financial. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Jessica currently sits on the school’s Advancement Committee.
A friend to the School, Peter is Director of Stewardship Development at the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Toronto Chapter.
A member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Peter is currently Chair of the school’s Advancement Committee.
The parent of a former Trafalgar student, Paul is an anesthesiologist working at Lakeridge Health Oshawa for more than 20 years. He has served as president of the Medical Staff Association and been a member of the Board of Trustees of Lakeridge Health.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2015, Paul sits on the school’s Advancement Committee and brings experiential diversity to the composition of the Board.