Board of Trustees

Whistler Waldorf School

The Whistler Waldorf School Board of Trustees is responsible for the school’s fiscal, legal, and structural health. Comprised of elected professionals and community parents along with up to three College of Teacher’s appointed faculty members, the Board of Trustees is a group of leaders who have an affinity to Waldorf education, the Whistler Waldorf School, and are able to make critical business decisions pertaining to the governance of the school that enable it to continue to grow and support its students, faculty, and administrative staff. The Director of Education and Director of Administration serve on the board as ex-officio members.

Joining the Board

Being a board member of Whistler Waldorf School is an honour, and the job comes with great responsibility. The Board looks for individuals with interpersonal and professional skills to assist in the governance of the School and who feel passionate about the school’s academic and extracurricular strengths, its strategic plan, and supporting its leadership.

If you are interested in learning more about the responsibilities and time requirements of a Board member and nomination, please contact our Governance Committee Chair, Rubeena Sandhu.

Geoff Telfer – Board of Trustees Chair

Geoff Telfer holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce and a Master’s of Business from the University of British Columbia. For 15 years, Geoff worked in various senior roles at TELUS that allowed him the opportunity to lead and facilitate planning and governance activities for small and large groups, as well as oversee financial, operational, and reporting activities with accountability that included ownership of strategic decision-making activities such as budget allocation, technology investments, human resource management, site distribution and performance management target setting. Geoff is a board member for Zero Ceiling, a partner at Social Venture Partners Vancouver, and a Whistler Avalanche soccer coach. Geoff has a son that attends Whistler Waldorf School.

Geoff Telfer

Tony Horn – Treasurer, Trustee

Tony Horn moved to Whistler for a season in 1992 after graduating with a finance degree from McGill University and is still here almost 30 years later! In 1995 he started Slope Side Supply, a local distribution company that services businesses throughout the Sea To Sky. Tony is a dedicated volunteer who has worked for many years with WORCA, the Howe Sound Women’s Centre and The Whistler Father Daughter Dance, as well as sitting on many RMOW Task Forces and Planning Groups. In 2017 he was awarded the Sovereign Medal, the Governor General of Canada’s Medal for Volunteerism. Tony loves riding his bike, skiing and playing music around Whistler with his family and friends. He currently has a daughter at Whistler Waldorf School.

Sonya Hwang – Secretary, Communications Committee Chair

Sonya Hwang is a communications specialist and principal of Ki Communications, a boutique PR and marketing agency working with values-driven businesses and organizations. Bringing with her over 20 years of experience in communication strategy and planning, media relations, event planning and management, issues management, and marketing, Sonya studied at the University of Western Ontario and was the Director of Public Relations at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler prior to starting Ki Communications. She is a passionate supporter of Whistler Waldorf School and the Waldorf pedagogy. Sonya has two children in Whistler Waldorf who both started at the school in the Early Years program.

Sonya Hwang
Rubeena Sandhu

Rubeena Sandhu – Head of School

Rubeena Sandhu joined Whistler Waldorf School in 2015 as the Grade 6 class teacher and is currently the Fine Arts teacher and Grade 8 Guardian. Prior to joining Whistler Waldorf, 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, 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. Currently, Rubeena has a child in the lower school.

Brian Gohlke – Faculty-Appointed Trustee, WWS Director of Business and Finance.

Brian Gohlke joined Whistler Waldorf School in 2015 as the Grade 7 teacher and is currently a teacher in the Grade School. Prior to coming to Whistler, Brian was the class teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf School since 2007, taking a class from Grade 2 through Grade 7, and then another class for Grade 7 and 8. He has a BA in Economics and International Business from Wartburg College in the US, and a Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education, completing his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna in New Zealand in 2006. Previous to his work as a Waldorf teacher, Brian worked as a class teacher for eight years at an international school in Taiwan. Brian has three children at Whistler Waldorf.

Brian Gohlke

Stephen Neal – Trustee, Co-Chair of New Campus Task Force

Stephen Neal is the founder and president of SportsMarketingInc.ca that provides sales and marketing support to events and organizations. SportsMarketingInc.ca works with organisations including the Canadian Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and MusicAlliance.ca. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Stephen is also an Investor Director at Main Street Brewing Company and former Advisory Board Member for Power To Be, a charity that empowers people to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. Stephen’s strengths include raising funds, creating partnerships, supporting brands and driving revenue. Stephen’s son attends Whistler Waldorf School.

Kelly Gave – Trustee, Co-Chair of New Campus Task Force

After graduating from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Economics and History, Kelly spent ten years working in Debt Capital Markets for Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank in New York and London. In 2003, she moved with her husband to Hong Kong to start GaveKal, a global financial research and money management firm. Kelly recently founded Creel Concepts, a mountain property and lifestyle company focused on local investments and advisory work with growing entrepreneurs in the region. Kelly is the founder of GaveKal Endowment to fund Asian charities in the child/education space and has worked with a number of NGOs including Room to Read that funds the building of schools throughout Asia and Africa. Kelly is on the board of Trinity College of Arts and Science at Duke University, and Pathfinders. Kelly has three children at Whistler Waldorf School.

Kelly Gave

PJ O’Heaney – Trustee

Originally from Toronto but bred on a cricket oval in Australia, PJ graduated from Deakin University in Australia with a Bachelors of Commerce degree in International Marketing. After moving to Whistler, PJ O’Heany took a turn from the business world and through his love of teaching skiing, created YES Tours in Whistler. YES has since certified over 3,000 students through the instructor training program as well as having more than 5,000 skiers & boarders enjoy weekly improvement programs. PJ and his wife have two children – Savannah, currently in High School and Aiden, a WWS 2018 graduate now attending McGill. Both Savannah and Aiden attended WWS since preschool.