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.

Richard Schick

Volleyball Instructor

Richard is currently the Head Coach of Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program responsible for the identification, evaluation, recruitment and training of prospective and current National Team athletes.

(https://volleyball.ca/en/news/women-s-training-centre-coach-announced)

Richard Schick is former Head Coach of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds (2003-2016).

During his time at UBC, he re-established the program leading the team back to the CIS National Championship for the first time in 18 years (‘07/’08).

Amassing the 4th most wins in the Canada West conference during his tenure, the Thunderbirds were a perennial nationally ranked Top 10 team, producing many players that went on to represent Canada and compete internationally on both the Canadian National Beach and Indoor Teams.

Before Richard’s time at UBC, he coached at his Alma Mater University of Alberta where he led the team to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Gold (’02) and Silver Medal (’03) during his 2 years with the Golden Bears.

Richard’s first experience as Head Coach was at Red Deer College where he coached the squad to a Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship (’01) in his only year at the helm.

Richard also spent time with the Canadian Junior National Program as an assistant coach where the team competed at the 2002 NORCECA Championship in Kelowna, BC and 2003 World Championships in Tehran, Iran.

Richard also was Head Coach for the Junior Team which represented Canada at the NORCECA Championships in Winnipeg, MB in 2004.

Having played multiple sports growing up in Manitoba, Richard got his first experience playing post-secondary volleyball at the University of Saskatchewan (’91). After a couple years of travelling throughout Europe, Richard continued his education and athletic career at Red Deer College where he helped the Kings win back-to-back CCAA National Championships (‘95/’96) and was named a CCAA All Canadian both years.

The following year saw Richard move on to the University of Alberta where the Canada West All-Star helped the Golden Bears to a CIAU National Championship (’97). The following year was spent playing and teaching English in Japan until a return to Edmonton to finish up his Education Degree and play his final year with the Golden Bears.

A bronze medal at the ’99 National Championships led to a contract offer to play more professional volleyball, in the German Bundesliga with DTV Duren (‘00/’01).

Richard Schick holds an Education Degree (English/Physical Education) from the University of Alberta.  He has received NCCP certification in the sports of volleyball, basketball and soccer and actively coaches youth soccer and little league baseball in his community.

PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES TO:
Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy Programs
Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca