Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction

diane-nelson-portraitWest Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction, is founder of West Vancouver Schools ten Premier Academy programs.

Chosen as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2012 by the Learning  Partnership, Diane was selected for her ability to communicate a compelling vision, to engage the community by consistently bringing together a highly knowledgeable and competent team of teachers, coaches, instructors, and other community members to work together to deliver quality programs for student-athletes.  Diane is an exceptional leader, one who continues to lay the foundation for the success of her students and the betterment of the community through a strong and vibrant public education system.

Twice nominated (2002 & 2012) for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the categories of Entrepreneurship, as well as Education, Training & Development, Diane has been honoured for her achievements that contribute to the well-being and future of the community. The YWCA Women of Distinction Award is recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women.

diane-nelson-awardWith over 30 years experience in education, as both a teacher and administrator, Diane has obtained her Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Counseling Psychology, and Master's in Educational Administration, all from the University of British Columbia.

As a MindUP Trainer, Diane has provided numerous workshops and in-service for teachers to help them deliver an evidence-based curriculum that helps foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success. Diane inspires educators to create an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences, and the capacity of each student to grow as a human being and a learner.

An educational consultant for the Vancouver Canucks' Community Partnership Program since 2005, Diane is the creator and author of the character education program called Fin’s Friends. The program was written for teachers to help them provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance ethical and responsible behaviour. This valuable classroom resource for teachers assists them with the teaching of social responsibility and character building. The program, written for Grades K-3, is being taught by primary teachers in over 3800 classrooms around the province. To date, the program is being used in over 35% of all K-3 classrooms in B.C. Diane last presented the program Nationally to educators at the Canada Character Conference held in Abbotsford, B.C. October 2015.

diane-nelson-w-gordon-campbellDiane's leadership style is marked by her entrepreneurial spirit. Her accomplishments are numerous including founding, owning and operating the Vancouver Griffins, the first women's professional hockey team in Western Canada, a member of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). The team featured Olympians such as Nancy Drolet, Cammi Granato, Shelley Looney and Courtney Kennedy. In November, 2010, Cammi Granato was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Many of her Griffins' artifacts are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame, including the signing of her first pro contract with the Griffins' organization. In 2002, the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognized Diane for her achievements in sport as part of an exclusive group of 35 outstanding women leaders and legends.

A long time athlete, she has competed in numerous sports including half marathons, 10km runs, triathlons, dragon boating, field hockey, figure skating, bodybuilding and swimming. Some highlights include 6 gold medals at the 1986 World Lifeguard Championships and Miss Vancouver, 1983 Bodybuilding Championships.

Diane's entire career has been about giving students an opportunity to better themselves and realize their hopes and aspirations. She firmly believes that enthusiastic and thoughtful guidance is the best way to assist our youth on the path that they choose.

Daphne Lambie, B Ed., M Ed.

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Bio

Daphne Lambie was born and raised on the North Shore. As both of her parents were outdoor enthusiasts, she was exposed to adventuring at a young age. Weekends and holidays were happily spent hiking, biking, sailing, camping and exploring the West Coast. With a love for competition, Daphne played a number of sports through high school and later took up ultimate frisbee, ice hockey  and mountain biking.

Daphne studied kinesiology, geography and math at UBC . While completing her Bachelor of Education she played Varsity Basketball. Throughout her teaching years, she has taken several photography courses and completed her Masters in Educational Technology.  Daphne has been teaching for over 25 years from grades 4 – 12 including: physical education, outdoor education, leadership, math, science, art and photography. Her longing for adventure inspired Daphne to take part in a teacher exchange to Scotland where she taught Physical Education to grades 8 -12.

As a teacher, she brings with her a wealth of outdoor leadership experiences and a joy for exploration. She has taken an avalanche skills training level 1, climbing belay certificate as well as her St Johns First Aid and Wilderness First Aid Certificate.  In her courses and clubs, she has led numerous school outdoor trips from hiking and snowshoeing the coastal mountains, to backpacking in Garibaldi Park, backcountry skiing in the Tetra Hedron and kayaking in the Broken Islands and Belize. She has organised outdoor school and winter camps for grades 7 – 9 as well as trained student counselors for these camps.  Daphne has been recognised by the North Shore Secondary Schools Sports Association for over 20 years of volunteering for coaching a wide variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, track and field, ultimate frisbee, field hockey and mountain biking.

Daphne looks forward to the opportunity to share her expertise and passion for sport, exploring, photography  and the outdoors  in this unique learning environment.

Mike Rudolf, BSc., BEd.

MikeRudolfTeacher: Rockridge Secondary School

Experience: Secondary Teacher for 2 years

Previous Leadership Roles: Outdoor youth programs leader / guide / co-coordinator, interpretive river guide, coach, mountain bike and ski programs instructor

Education

  • UBC: Bachelor of Education – Specialization in Secondary Biology Instruction
  • Mount Royal University: Bachelor of Science – Major in General Science, Minor in Biology

Outdoor Leadership Experience

Previous Certification Courses

  • Disabled Skiing Level 1 Instructor
  • Swift Water Rescue Level 1 and 2
  • River Canoe Instructor – Basic Tandem
  • Avalanche Skills Training 1
  • Raft Guide Certificate in Class 1 and 2 Current
  • Leadership Level 1 (Hiking)
  • 40-Hour Wilderness First Aid

Outdoor Experience Portfolio

  • Taught downhill skiing for individuals with disabilities with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
  • Assistant instructed outdoor programs with Outward Bound Canada that included working with youth at risk on a canoe expedition to Gambier Island
  • Led, guided, and co-coordinated outdoor youth programs and mountain bike programs with the University of Calgary Outdoor Center that included day trips and overnight expeditions. Camps led include mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, photography, outdoor survival skills, longboarding, kayaking, snowshoeing, backpacking, and fishing.

Awards

  • UBC Teacher Education: Dean of Education Scholarship, Jack Young Prize for Excellence in Science, and Outstanding Practicum Award
  • Mount Royal University: Best Course-Based Research Award (Runner Up) for Poster Project – “Grizzly Bear Mortality Due to Railway Strikes”

In the various different roles and experiences he has held, Mike has realized the massive transformative potential of the outdoors in helping youth and adults develop and learn… both about the environment and also about themselves. In his teaching practice, Mike aims to teach students about the fascinating science phenomena that can be observed in the beautiful world we live in. He sees the outdoors as a classroom where students do not need to stay in their seats, but can be free to explore and face challenges and learn from their experiences.

Bio

mike-canoeMike is an enthusiastic young educator who is passionate about spending time in the outdoors. Originally from Calgary, Mike spent a majority of his spare time adventuring in the Calgary’s Rocky Mountain backyard. Mike moved to the West Coast in 2014 to pursue the Bachelor of Education program at UBC, and he received a number of awards in the education program including the Dean of Education Scholarship, Jack Young Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science, and Outstanding Practicum Award. Outside of the classroom, he has become absolutely enamored with the coast and the variety of opportunities for adventure that abound here.

Prior to moving out west, Mike studied general science and biology at Mount Royal University in Calgary and received a Bachelor of Science degree. During this time, Mike began leading outdoor youth programs with the Calgary Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary. Some of the areas that Mike instructed included mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, and survival skills. After a few seasons of instructing youth day trips and overnight expeditions, Mike was given the opportunity to work as co-coordinator of outdoor youth programs.

Mike has also worked as an Interpretive River Guide for RiverWatch, where he guided daily field trip rafting adventures down the Bow River through Calgary, educating students about the various ecological dynamics that result from having a large river flow through a major city.

Since being on the West Coast, Mike has been volunteering with Wild About Vancouver in 2016 as Education Chair, and has taught adaptive downhill skiing with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports. He has also done occasional work with Outward Bound Canada, instructing canoeing and assisting with canoe expeditions with youth at risk.

Mike’s main outdoor interests are mountain biking, skiing, hiking, camping, and canoeing. He has taken certification courses in a number of areas including disabled ski instructing, swift water rescue, canoe instruction (flat water and river), avalanche skills training, raft guiding, hiking leadership, and wilderness first aid.

In the various different roles and experiences he has held, Mike has realized the massive transformative potential of the outdoors in helping youth and adults develop and learn… both about the environment and also about themselves. In his teaching practice, Mike aims to teach students about the fascinating science phenomena that can be observed in the beautiful world we live in. He sees the outdoors as a classroom where students do not need to stay in their seats, but can be free to explore and face challenges and learn from their experiences.

PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES TO:
Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca