Board of Trustees

Whistler Waldorf School

The Board of Trustees is one of three departments which form the Operational Management Team and is responsible for the school’s financial and legal matters. It is the Board’s responsibility to make possible, physically and financially, the educational initiatives undertaken by the Faculty of Teachers.

Christopher Trimingham – Secretary

Born and raised on the island of Bermuda, Mr. Trimingham was educated in boarding schools on the east coast of the United States and the University of Colorado in Boulder. After gaining several years of retail management experience at the The Limited retail group in the US, Chris returned to Bermuda to join his then 150-year-old family department store business. After 12 years serving in various management roles and on the Board of Directors, he moved with his Canadian wife Karen and six-month-old baby, Stellamaris, to Salt Spring Island in BC. Firmly committed to Waldorf education, Chris and family moved to Whistler to enroll his three children in the thriving Whistler Waldorf School and to take advantage of the myriad of recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. He owns a small home renovation and maintenance business in the Whistler area and skis almost well enough to keep up with his youngest daughter.

Brian Gohlke – Trustee

Mr. Gohlke joined WWS in 2015 as the Grade 7 teacher. Brian was a class teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf School since 2007, taking a class from Grade 2 – 7 and then another class for Grade 7 and 8. He has a BA in Economics and International Business and a Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education, completing his Waldorf teacher training in New Zealand in 2006. Previous to his work as a Waldorf teacher, Brian worked as a class teacher for eight years at a school in Taiwan.

Laurie Grant – Trustee

Currently a faculty member of BCIT’s School of Business, lecturing in areas of international business strategy, global trade, negotiation, and project management, Laurie has been working closely with the regional and international business/education community for 15 years. She was involved with international manufacturing, business, and strategic development prior to joining BCIT; as a country manager in Asia for Woods Canada, Strategic Planning Project Director for the World Health Organization in Malaysia, Trade Advisor with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association / Western Economic Diversification, and Business Development Manager in the electronic industry in BC. Originally from Ontario, Laurie earned a degree from the University of Guelph, followed by an executive MBA upon returning to Canada. She has been on the board of directors for the Canadian Spinal Research Organization since 2001 and Whistler Waldorf School since 2012. She lives permanently in Whistler with her husband Michael and daughter Ellie, who attends Whistler Waldorf.

Sonya Hwang – Trustee

Ms. Hwang is a communications specialist and principal of Ki Communications, a boutique PR and marketing agency working with game-changing organizations and values-driven people who believe in a brighter future. With over 20 years of experience in communication strategy and planning, media relations, event planning and management, crisis communications, issues management, and marketing, Sonya was the Director of Public Relations at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler prior to starting Ki Communications. A passionate supporter of the Whistler Waldorf School and the Waldorf pedagogy, Ms. Hwang and her husband, Harvey Lim, are parents to Kai and Hana who have been students of the school since they were three. In their spare time, Sonya and her family enjoy gathering, chiselling and sanding sticks for their “Whistler Wands” table at the school Christmas fair.

Tony Kloepfer – Trustee

Mr. Kloepfer has lived across Canada before his family decided to live and play full time in Whistler. Tony is the president of Scientific Architecture Inc., a firm he established in the last century, which provides professional architectural and interior design services throughout Western Canada. He is also a director of Permez Ltd., and has previously served as the Chairs of Whistler Advisory Design Panel, the Delta Design Advisory Panel, and a Vancouver strata council. Tony has volunteered with the Frontiers Foundation, Big Brothers and the Whistler Public Art Committee. Despite having four children attending Whistler Waldorf, Tony cannot knit.

Stephen Neal – Trustee

Lori Patrick – Trustee

Ms. Patrick is a marketing consultant, graphic designer, and entrepreneur. Lori has worked with a variety of businesses including Intrawest, Playground, Lake Las Vegas, Kauai Beach Resort, Baxter Creek, and TM Builders in Whistler.  Formally trained in Vancouver at Langara College and Emily Carr, she has a passion for marketing and creativity. Lori brings over 25 years of marketing and business experience with an emphasis on strategic branding, advertising, design, business administration, organizational structure, entrepreneurship, and business start-up. Over the past several years, Lori has volunteered her time and expertise with Family Services of the North Shore in North Vancouver and continues to volunteer her time here at Whistler Waldorf School.

Nicolette Richer – Trustee

Ms. Richer’s experience and education is grounded in the fields of sustainable community development, environmental education and orthomolecular medicine. As a strategic planner and project manager, she enjoyed rolling out programs in the green building and energy sector on behalf of several corporate and government agencies. Previously the founding board member and chair of several non-profit organizations, she recently created the Sea to Sky Thrivers Society, an enterprising non-profit arm of her two companies, Richer Health Consulting and The Green Moustache. Nicolette completed a BA and a diploma in Sustainable Community Development at SFU and holds a Masters in Environmental Education and Communication from RRU where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Social Sciences. When Nicolette is not busy growing the Green Mo’ or helping her clients eat-to-beat their chronic diseases, she can be found hanging out in the beautiful mountains of Whistler with her husband, three adventurous daughters and their frisky puppy, Gus.

Rubeena Sandhu – Trustee

Ms. Sandhu joined Whistler Waldorf in the fall of 2015 as the Grade 6 class teacher. She was a founding parent and teacher at the Cedar Bridge School in Lumby, BC, a Waldorf-inspired farm- and forest-based early childhood and grade school. Rubeena taught at the school since its inception eight years ago, taking a class from Grade 1 to 7, and then served as the upper grades teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Waldorf Teachers Certificate from the West Coast Institute. Rubeena and her family moved to Whistler for its natural majesty, its connection with nature and the burgeoning Waldorf community. She is a herbalist who loves gardening and supports the local food economy with a passion. Ms. Sandhu is always looking for ways for her students to connect with community initiatives that foster meaningful relationships, and is inspired to support the healthy development of a child’s body, mind, soul and spirit.

David Udow – Trustee

Mr. Udow has a true entrepreneurial spirit. He has started six businesses over the past 26 years, most recently the award-winning Ziptrek Ecotours, and has been nominated and won several awards for entrepreneurship, sustainability, outstanding employee experiences, and community involvement. David grew up in Winnipeg and earned a B.Comm (Hons) degree from the University of Manitoba. Since 2002 he has lived in Whistler with his wife Erin and their two children who attend Whistler Waldorf.

Vicky Bunbury – Director of Administration ex officio

Ms. Bunbury is one of the founding parents of Whistler Waldorf School, and now 16 years later, is the Director of Administration. Vicky has been part of growing Whistler Waldorf School from three home-schooled students in 1999 to a full program school offering preschool to Grade 12. Fifteen years of experience as Manager of the Whistler Kids children’s ski school on Whistler Mountain followed by Manager of Planning for Whistler Kids programs and facilities on both mountains, gives her ample experience to manage the business of running an independent Waldorf School. In addition to her role at Whistler Waldorf School, Vicky is one of eight regional representatives on the Leadership Council for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. She represents the Pacific Northwest region, stretching from Alaska to Oregon. Vicky also served for four years on the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Arnold Grimm – Director of Education ex officio

Mr. Grimm joined Whistler Waldorf as Director of Education in 2015. Arnold has been a Waldorf educator, teacher and administrator for 20 years. After studying geography and doing graduate work in theology, psychology and social work, he discovered his love for children and education. As an alumnus of the Vancouver Waldorf School, Arnold took up Waldorf teacher training in Germany and remained there as a class teacher and administrator. Upon his return to his alma mater in 2008, he worked as an administrator and class teacher. Over the years, Arnold has been involved in a multitude of tasks around Waldorf Schools which include class teaching, mentoring of teachers and schools, as well as evaluations of teachers and serving on and chairing External Evaluation Committees for the Ministry of Education. Arnold’s deep connection to Waldorf Education and anthroposophy, as well as dedication to work with government brings a unique skill set to our school. He is the BC Sub-Regional Representative for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and represents Waldorf schools as a Director on the Board for the Federation of Independent Schools Associations of BC.