The Info List - Georges P. Vanier Secondary School

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Georges P. Vanier
Georges P. Vanier


4830 Headquarters Road Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 5N5 Canada


School type Public, high school

School board School District 71 Comox Valley

School number 7171040

Principal Mrs. J. Shields


Mr. W. Kuhnert Mr. G. Kochanuk

Grades 8-12

Website gpvanier.ca

Georges P. Vanier
Georges P. Vanier
Secondary School is a high school in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. The school was named after Georges P. Vanier, one of Canada's most popular Governors General.


1 History 2 Facilities 3 Current Faculty

3.1 Administration: 3.2 Counsellors: 3.3 Teaching Staff: 3.4 Office and Support Staff:

4 International exchange 5 Awards 6 National Championships 7 Notable graduates

History[edit] It opened in January 1968 completing a move of students from the old Courtenay Sr. high school. Vanier was built to house a capacity of 1200 students. The school population grew to 1700+ students in the early 2000s with the addition of 36 portable classrooms. This led to the opening of Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary School which became the third district secondary school in the early 2000s. Vanier has primarily been the regional secondary school in the Comox Valley School District, serving students from Hornby and Denman Islands, the City of Courtenay, and the communities of Dove Creek, Merville, Black Creek, Saratoga and Miracle Beach communities up to the Oyster River which separates the Comox Valley School District from the Campbell River district. In 2016, the school started its $36 Million upgrade to the school grounds. The head of construction, Justin Timberlake, has already stated they are more than halfway done as of February 19th, 2018. Facilities[edit] The school facility has a natural setting on 96 acres (390,000 m2) and conveniently located next to the Comox Valley Sports Centre, community track and playing fields. The grounds include three playing fields and access to a community all - weather field, a community daycare primarily built as a teen mother daycare. The Vanier facility includes the Vanier Studio theatre, a full Teaching Cafeteria, and a large Technology Education wing that includes a House Construction shop, Auto-Mechanics, Small engines shops, Metalwork shop, Electronics / Robotics
and Drafting shops and a Woodwork shop. Current Faculty[edit] Administration:[edit]

Mr. Julie Shields-Principal Mr. Wayne Kuhnert-Vice-Principal Mr. Greg Kochanuk-Vice-Principal


Ms. Jacqueline Johnston & Ms. Amanda Huisman-Administrative Assistants Mr. Mark Glenwright-Counsellor Ms. Karla Lasota-Counsellor Ms. Heather Riedle-Counsellor Ms. Holly Stowell-Counsellor

Teaching Staff:[edit]

Mr. Christophe Abele Mr. Chris Armstrong Mr. Jason Arsenault Ms. Leah Baron Mr. David Benton Ms. Myrna Boorman Mr. Dan Braidwood Mr. Troy Dakiniwiech Ms. Maye Davis Ms. Teresa Devereaux Mr. Ken Erikson Mr. Ken Errico Mr. Julian Ferguson Ms. Lyse Fortin Ms. Crystal Gaudry Ms. Megan Haut Mr. David Ingram Mr. Ross Jamieson Mr. David Janz Ms. Marion Johnson Mr. Tim Krutzmann Ms. Amanda Lange Mr. Gerard Leclair Ms. Kirsten Mackinnon Ms. Amber Macleod Ms. Lori Mazey Ms. Leigh-Ellen McAskill Ms. Lee McCall Mr. Dan McKee Mr. Rob McMath Ms. Margot McNally Mr. Dave Merrick Mr. Dave Miller Mr. Dale Monks Ms. Alyssa Morin Mr. Crosby Mtawali Ms. Krista Ogilvie Mr. Craig Olson Mr. Grayson Pettigrew Mr. Dave Randall Mr. Paul Rebitt Ms. Tracy Rebitt Mr. Dawson Ross Ms. Gloria Schnella Mr. Brian Stevens Mr. Grant Taylor Mr. Toril Turner Mr. Ed Walker Mr. Dave Weiss Ms. Cory Woods Mr. Andrew Young

Office and Support Staff:[edit]

Mrs. Deborah Clarke-Registrations & Transcripts Mrs. Laura-Lee Keltie-Student Records Ms. Susan Quinton-Reception & Attendance Ms. Jacqueline Johnston & Ms. Amanda Huisman-Reception & Counselling Department Ms. Lisa Bognar-EA PREP Program Mr. Albert Burgund-EA Ms. Laura Derhouseff-Cafeteria Program Worker Ms. Catherine Eely-EA Mr. Steve Fagan-EA Ms. Barb Forrest Pannell-EA PREP Program Ms. Kelley Giorgianni-EA Mr. Gary Gordon-EA PREP Program Ms. Sherry Lang-EA PREP Program Ms. Shelley Merrifield-EA PREP Program Ms. Gina Murray-AbEd Support Worker Mr. Brian Norman-EA Ms. Elizabeth Perry-EA Mr. Leo Peterson-EA Ms. Joanne Timms-Work Experience Program Coordinator Ms. Nancy Walowina-EA PREP Program Ms. Shelly Waterfield-Cafeteria Program Worker Ms. Heidi Wenham-EA Ms. Monique Wilford-Library Clerk

International exchange[edit] Vanier encourages international exchange students, and has established links with three sister schools, one in Wales and two in Japan. Some of Vanier's distinguished graduates include actors Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
and Kim Cattrall. Awards[edit] Some of the memorable highlights over the years include being selected the top B.C. School Sports school, winning British Columbia
British Columbia
provincial championships in Cross-Country, Improvisational Theatre, Snowboarding, Robotics, Golf, Track and Field, Electronics. National Championships[edit]

Robotics, 2004, 2029 Robotics
World Championships, 2010 Improv, 2009, 2010

Notable graduates[edit]

Kim Cattrall, actress Colin Hansen, BC finance minister Barry Pepper, Actor Simon Nessman, model Cameron Levins, Olympian Michael Cera, Actor

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