Board of Governors

The St. Margaret’s School Board of Governors approves the strategic direction of the School and the overarching principles and statements of values. The Board also appoints the Head of School, who has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the School. Specifically, the Board of Governors:

  • Prepares and maintains a clear statement of the School’s mission and objectives and is responsible for the School’s strategic planning process.
  • Establishes and approves the policies and procedures that guide the Head of School in the daily administration of St. Margaret’s School.
  • Sets tuition fees, approves the annual budget for the School’s operating and capital expenses, and has complete and final authority for all St. Margaret’s School finances.
  • Oversees the management of school assets including buildings, equipment, and grounds.

The Board governs according to the Society Act (B.C.), the Bylaws of the St. Margaret’s School Society, and St. Margaret’s School’s Policies and Procedures.

The Board is elected by members of the St. Margaret’s School Society, which includes all parents or guardians of current students; Alumnae/Old Girls over the age of 18, and their parents or guardians; employees; and any other person whom the Board may accept. Governors are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the St. Margaret’s School Society, usually held in the fall. A call for nominations is issued at least 60 days before the Annual General Meeting. The Board selects a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary annually from amongst the Governors.

If you would like to see the minutes from previous Board of Governors meetings please contact the Board Admin with your request.

Publications

St. Margaret’s School Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan sets out the vision, mission and strategic direction of the School for the next 10 years.

St. Margaret’s School Society Bylaws
The rules by which the St. Margaret’s School Society is governed.

Governors’ Code of Conduct
The Code sets out the specific expectations of Board members in their volunteer service on behalf of St. Margaret’s School.

2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report


Board of Governors FAQs

May I attend Board meetings?

Current members of the St. Margaret’s School Society may attend regular Board meetings. Confidential financial, personal or legal matters are addressed in an In Camera (closed) portion of the meeting.

When are Board meetings held?

Board meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month. No Board meetings are scheduled in July and August, though the Board may opt to meet. Special meetings may be called to deal with any urgent or immediate issues that may arise.

How many Board members are there?

The Board may have a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 13 members. The Head of School and invited members of the School’s administration also attend Board meetings but do not have voting power.

How long do Board members serve?

Terms of office are no less than three full school years following election, usually this is a 44-month term. Governors are eligible for re-election at the AGM prior to the end of their term.

When are Board members elected to the Board?

Governors are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the St. Margaret’s School Society. A call for nominations is issued at least 60 days before a Board of Governors election. A candidate’s nomination form, resume, and consent must be submitted to the Board’s Governance and Communications Committee at least 30 days before the election date.

How do I become a Board member?

Anyone interested in joining the Board of Governors, should contact a member of the Board’s Governance and Communications Committee for more information and a formal Nomination Form. A formal notice of recommended nominees is distributed following approval by the Board’s Governance and Communications Committee. Interested individuals are also encouraged to volunteer on Board committees as this can be a good introduction to Society governance.

How do I contact a Board member?

Questions or requests for information about the Board of Governors should be sent to the Board Chair, through the Main Administration and Senior Building Reception. Please contact us for further information.

The St. Margaret’s School Board of Governors approvesthe strategic direction of the School and the overarching principlesand statements of values.