New Board of Governors leadership at Victoria’s St. Margaret’s School

Carmen Campbell-Hewitt is the new chair of the SMS board of governors.

Campbell-Hewitt has been a board member since October 2014. Originally from Alberta, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Ed. specializing in Learning Disabilities. Campbell-Hewitt brings a wealth of board experience to her new role including serving as chair of a humanitarian non-profit in Cairo, Egypt and as Communications Chair of the International School of Aberdeen, Scotland during it’s re-building process. She is the Founding Principal of Luanda International School. Her daughter graduated this year from St. Margaret’s, and Campbell-Hewitt says she “whole heartedly” supported her daughter’s decision to attend SMS “…for its empowering all-girls philosophy, S.T.E.M. focus, and welcoming atmosphere.”

Four new members have been welcomed to the board: Rosemary Chapedelaine, Melissa Couvelier-Safarik, Joan Yates, and Michelle Iulianella (Fraleigh).

Rosemary Chapdelaine, a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Washington, has worked in the UK, the US, and here in Canada; she is currently Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed Martin operations in Canada. Chapdelaine leads a team of more than 650 employees at locations nationwide who are working on engineering and manufacturing projects both here in Canada and abroad. Chapdelaine and her husband, Dennis, are active volunteers.

Melissa Couvelier-Safarik was born in Victoria, and has 15 years experience working with The Executive Council for the Province of British Columbia. Her leadership roles include human resource management for the Office of the Premier and ministerial offices; she also worked for B.C. Government Communications and Public Engagement in their corporate headquarters. Couvelier-Safarik’s daughter attends St. Margaret's School (class of 2022).

Joan Yates is a Vice President at Camosun College. She has also served as Dean of the School of Business at the college. As a volunteer, she has worked both locally and internationally on issues having an impact on women and children, such as transition housing, homelessness and sexual violence.

Michelle Iulianella (Fraleigh) is a proud SMS alumna! She attended from Grade 9 through Grade 12 and serving as both Malcolm House Captain and Head Girl. She has also worked as Director of Marketing and Communications for SMS. Iulianella (Fraleigh) has both a B.Ed. and an MBA from UVic and an MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and is now Registered Clinical Counsellor, working with individuals and couples full-time at her private practice in Victoria. She is also a Mental Health Clinician with Island Health, the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and is a Community Therapist for UVic.

Announcing the new appointments, SMS Head of School Cathy Thornicroft noted the high professional calibre of the women and their level of engagement: “These women are a testament to what women can achieve professionally and how, personally, they’ve made time to give back to the community. They are not only valued counsel and support for SMS, but admirable role models for our students,” said Thornicroft.

These board appointments are in immediate effect and remain until 2020.


For more information, please contact:

Sandra Hudson 250-216-1380

[Photo below, Left to right: Jeremy Mannall-Fretwell, Deana Chan, Michelle Iulianella, Rebecca Grant, Evan Leeson, Carmen Campbell-Hewitt, David Poore, and Melissa Couvelier-Safarik. Not pictured: Rosemary Chapdelaine and Joan Yates.]

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