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.

Luba Sadovska
Head Coach, North Shore Table Tennis Club (NSTTC)

Claudine Gunn
Instructor, North Shore Table Tennis Club (NSTTC)

Mike Dumler
Senior Instructor, Base-training certified

Luba Sadovska

Master Coach Developer
Learning Facilitator
Coach Evaluator
Community Coach
Competition Introduction
Base and Advanced Coach
Competition Development Coach

WVS Premier Table Tennis Academy Head coach Luba Sadovska made a big step inside Table Tennis Canada’s National Coaching Program and now is part of Canadian team of Master coach developers in table tennis. Her new role as an MCD is to train and evaluate learning facilitator and coach evaluators across the country. The development of table tennis involves, among other things, the development of certified coaches within the National Coaching Certification Program, NCCP.

Luba Sadovska is a passionate promoter of the sport of Table Tennis. She founded her own North Shore Table Tennis Club 5 years ago with her partner Claudine Gunn which became the fastest growing club in BC. Over the past five years several of the young athletes Luba has coached have gone on to compete Provincially and Nationally. Several of the senior players she coaches have gone from not winning any medals at thier 55+ BC senior games to taking home Silver and Golds at the last several games.

Luba conducts coaching clinics around the province for all levels of coaches. She also has encouraged YOUTH athletes to become NCCP certified coaches, take CPR and first aid training, and become certified YOUTH club umpires. This makes her better role model for other athletes, also better competitors. Table tennis has numerous benefits for the mind, body and soul. Here are just a few of them:  http://nsttc.ca/benefits-of-playing-table-tennis/


Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575

Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca

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