Governance and Administration
The design for governance and management of Vancouver College involves three groups: the Trustees, the Board of Directors of Vancouver College Limited, and the Administration of Vancouver College.
The Trustees of the Vancouver College Trust are in place to ensure that the assets of the trust are used to fulfill the charitable objects of the trust. The Trustees will carry out these responsibilities by approving any changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Vancouver College Limited, reviewing and approving the audited financial statements of the company, and by exercising their authority over the appointment of the Board of Directors.
Archbishop of Vancouver Michael Miller, CSB
Dr. Stephen Ho (VC'82)
Mr. Bruno De Vita, QC
Mr. Franco Trasolini
The Board of Directors of Vancouver College Limited is responsible for providing the policy environment in which Management operates the affairs of the Company. The Board also provides Management with the resources to conduct the business by approving the Budget, including both revenues and expenditures. The Board is also responsible for providing the organization with Management by hiring the Senior Administrator (the Principal) who in turn is accountable to the Board. The Board also engages external auditors who conduct the audit of the financial affairs of the organization.
Sue Dvorak - Chair
John Nixon (VC’69) - President
Brian Conlin - Vice Chair
Mark Brown (VC’86) - Secretary
Sharon Wu - Treasurer
Edward Wright - Past Chair
Jim Coady (VC’75)
Br. Bill Flood, CFC
Bishop Mark Hagemoen (VC’79)
Bernie Hensel (VC’86)
The Administrators are led by the President whose prime responsibility is Chief Executive Officer. The President oversees all financial aspects of the school including responsibility for the vision, leadership, advancement, development, financial stewardship, planning, and external affairs of Vancouver College. The Principal, also the Chief Education Officer, acts as the educational leader of the school including responsibility for leadership in curriculum, faculty development, and the continued growth and excellence in the academic program. Duties of the Administration team include admissions, supervision and evaluation of academics, extracurricular activities, and long-range planning of academic programs. Other members of the Administration include the Assistant Principals of the Senior, Middle, and Elementary Schools, and the Business Manager.
President - Mr. John H. Nixon (VC'69)
Mr. Nixon has a deep connection to Vancouver College. He spent twelve years at VC as a student, eighteen years as a parent, three years on the Vancouver College Parents' Association Board, eleven years serving on the Vancouver College Board of Directors - including ten of them as Chair, and eleven years as a Trustee.
Mr. Nixon most recently served as the Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Reporting directly to Archbishop Michael Miller, he developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to secure the financial support needed for the ministries and programs of the Archdiocese.
Amongst the honours received by Mr. Nixon, he was awarded the Vancouver College Emerald Award and in 2005 was inducted into the Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour recognizes alumni and others for service and achievement exemplifying the ideals of Vancouver College. In 2010, Archbishop Miller bestowed on him the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, granted by Pope Benedict XVI. The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross is the highest medal awarded to the laity for distinguished service to the Church.
Mr. Nixon believes that "the role of president is important to preserving and enhancing the unique character of Vancouver College as a Catholic school and ensuring it continues to provide a top-quality education for our boys…".
Principal - Johnny Bevacqua
Mr. Bevacqua has a distinguished career as an educator and administrator, having been a Principal at St. Patrick Regional Secondary, a Vice-Principal at Notre Dame Secondary, and an Adjunct Professor at St. Mark’s College at UBC. Most recently, Mr. Bevacqua has been an Associate Superintendent at the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA), providing oversight and guidance to teachers and schools across the Lower Mainland.
In addition to his exceptional educational credentials, Mr. Bevacqua is a highly respected professional, known for his thought-leadership and commitment to helping young people develop as well-rounded Catholic leaders who put their faith and Christian values into action in serving the community. His ability to inspire teachers and students alike is a hallmark of his leadership style. Within the Catholic school tradition, Mr. Bevacqua believes that learning in community is ‘life giving’ and that relationships are paramount. Mr. Bevacqua, his wife Carla, and their three young girls are active members of St. Mary’s Parish where Mr. Bevacqua has served as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Mr. Daryl Weaver - Assistant Principal, Senior School (Grades 10 - 12)
Mr. Weaver is an alumnus of St. Thomas More Collegiate and received his Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia. Weaver pursued his Bachelor of Education at UBC and Master of Education (Department of Curriculum & Instruction) at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. He began his teaching career abroad in Malawi, Africa and continued his international adventure in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Vancouver College in the summer of 2016, he was with Southridge School for 10 years most recently holding the position Assistant Head of Senior School. Weaver is an avid sports enthusiast, active parishioner, husband, and father of two.
Mr. Robert Kozikowski (VC'94) - Assistant Principal, Middle School (Grades 7-9)
Mr. Kozikowski, an alumnus of Vancouver College ('94), attended post-secondary at Simon Fraser University on a football scholarship where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1999. Two years later, he completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia with a concentration in Social Justice. He joined the faculty of Vancouver College in September 2001 and has been an outstanding member of the Middle School staff. In addition, Mr. Kozikowski has given his time and talent by coaching football and basketball teams. Mr. Kozikowski was appointed Assistant Principal of Middle School in September 2011.
Ms. Barbara Seppelt - Assistant Principal, Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
Ms. Barbara Seppelt has been in education for over 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Education with a focus on learning assistance, Physical Education, English and Biology. Ms. Seppelt has been at Vancouver College since 1990 and was appointed Assistant Principal for the Elementary School in 1997. Ms. Seppelt has taught Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 6. She thoroughly enjoys working with the students, teachers, and parents of Vancouver College.
Kelly Lattimer - Business Manager
Ms. Kelly Lattimer joined Vancouver College in December 1993 as the Business Manager. She has the overall responsibility for the establishment of financial, administrative and general business policies, practices and procedures within the College's sphere of operations, and for the on-going implementation of these policies. She is also responsible for the support, the maintenance, and the landscaping staff. Kelly graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Urban Land Economics with a minor in Finance. Upon graduation she worked for eight years in commercial real estate managing office buildings, retail, and warehouse complexes in Western Canada.