Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction

With 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. 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. 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). 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.

Tom Harding, Environmental Science Academy Teacher

Currently Tom is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator who embraces life-long learning with the books he reads and scientists he collaborates with at the Environmental Science Academy. His post-secondary education includes Queen’s University, Dalhousie University and University of British Columbia. Tom has taught in Mexico, the Gambia, Nova Scotia and British Columbia and has presented at science education conferences across North America. He is frequently asked to review curriculum materials.

In 2017, Tom was honoured with the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2018, he earned a fellowship with Ecology Project International.

Dr. Steve MacDonald, Section Head, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Dr. Steve MacDonald is the designated site officer for the Pacific Science Enterprise r. Steve MacDonald, Section Head, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Centre (PSEC). He is a fisheries research scientist with primary research interests in the field of trophic ecology and habitat science. He has designed and managed several multi-disciplinary research projects and has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of disciplines.

Cher LaCoste, M.Sc. RP Bio, Project Lead, Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Cher LaCoste, M.Sc. R.P.Bio is a contaminated site scientist that formerly worked in industry and Health Canada before joining RPSS over 12 years ago. Cher was the manager of the contaminated site group within ROEC with a portfolio of over 2200 sites. During that time Cher worked on assessment and remediation of contaminated sites in BC and the Yukon, CEAA, hazardous building materials and drinking water.  Recently Cher has taken an assignment to be the RP project leader for the Pacific Science Enterprise Center. In this role Cher has been project managing infrastructure upgrades, collaborative agreements and realizing the collaborative vision of the PSEC with Science. Cher lives in West Vancouver with her husband and three kids and is very excited to see the PSEC vision become reality in her community.

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

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