Each year the St. Margaret’s School Society holds an election for empty seats on the Board of Governors. Those elections were held on April 9 and we are pleased to welcome the following four new Governors to the Board:

Catalin Albu

Catalin has over 20 years of expertise in logistics and operations, budgeting,
finance, and management in small and large, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Since 2008, Catalin has worked as a member of the University of Victoria’s
administration team; his main responsibilities are in strategic operational planning
and budgeting. In addition, Catalin has taught several finance and accounting
courses in the Gustavson School of Business.

Catalin was born in Romania. He graduated in 1993 from the Romanian Naval
Academy with a Bachelor in maritime logistics and transportation. Together with
his family, he moved to Quebec City in 2001. In 2003, he obtained a Master in
Business and Administration with a specialization in management from Laval
University. Catalin became a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2013.

Catalin loves the outdoors and he is an avid mountain biker and trail runner
competing in ultrarunning events. He strongly believes that girls should be
empowered through education and he is very committed to creating a brighter
future for girls. His daughter Silvia is currently a student at UVic, majoring in
biopsychology. He is the grandfather of Ava Marie, an 18-month old energetic and
curious toddler.


Shindy Baines
Shindy grew up in Victoria and graduated as Head Girl from SMS in 1986.
Shindy has lived in Japan, Italy and currently resides in the US. She started her
career in sports marketing at Nike Inc, parlayed over to the technology sector
at Philips Healthcare and currently works at Microsoft, Inc. in education technology
product marketing and sales enablement. Shindy manages the global customer
evidence team for the worldwide Education Marketing division.

She has the distinct pleasure of speaking directly with K-12 and higher education
customers to bring their stories to life via written and video case studies. Shindy
travels the world to attend global education conferences and meeting education
customers on the forefront of themes in education to prepare students for future
ready skills, STEM, AI, cloud computing, personalized learning & Inclusion and
Social and Emotional learning to foster the whole student.

Shindy holds an MBA from the University of Oregon/The James H. Warsaw Center
and a BA in Pacific and Asian Studies and Japanese from the University of Victoria.

Why SMS? I am humbled by the opportunity to give back to the SMS community
that gave me to much in my formative years. I look forward to bringing a global
perspective to the board, stemming from my experience living aboard and working
in partnership with educational organizations around the globe. My experience
seeing how technology can transform the learning outcomes of students will
continue to help SMS migrate to a modern classroom. I am very excited about the
opportunity to serve a second term on the Board.


Erin Solbakken
Erin Solbakken is a CPA (Chartered Accountant legacy) with a Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria. She spent the first 15 years of her career working in public practice both for a local, mid-size firm as well as running her own practice with her husband, Erik, for the latter half of this time. Erin completed large-scale audits as well as consulting with local business owners on taxation, operational and financial issues. At present, Erin and Erik run a consultancy practice working directly with business owners and accountants.

Erin has given back to the community for many years including serving on the board of the Garth Homer Society and the Victoria Chartered Accountants Association. She has also taken on special projects for both the United Way and the Central Saanich Police.


Abigail Fulton

Abigail Fulton, a lawyer by profession, is the executive director of the Construction Foundation of BC, an organization focused on building the next generation of skilled workers. She is a strong supporter of the value of applied learning for youth. Ms. Fulton has extensive experience working with industry and government on regulatory and policy issues impacting the construction industry.

Ms. Fulton has served on numerous boards and committees including the Safety Standards Appeal Board of BC, the Common Ground Alliance, the Professional Builders Institute and Skills Canada BC. Throughout her career, Ms. Fulton has been very active in promoting industry training and apprenticeship for the skilled trades. Prior to joining the Construction Foundation, she served as the Vice President of the BC Construction Association for 20 years.