SJPII Academy Foundation

Saint John Paul II Academy Society

The Saint John Paul II Academy Society was established in July 2020 whose express purpose is to ensure the smooth operation of the school from day-to-day. For the first two years of the school’s operation the Academy operated under the governance of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA) and had in place an Education Committee to assist the school in its running. With the establishment of the Society this body is replaced with a Board of Directors.

Society’s Constitution and By-laws

Your Society Board of Directors

Dallas Parsons

Dallas is a parishioner at Star of the Sea and served on the St. John Paul II Academy Education Committee since its inception. Her career as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant has fulfilled her aspirations to be a support to many, many mothers and babies. When she isn’t seeing clients in her private practice, she and her husband Cary are happily busy with their four children who attend Star of the Sea Elementary and St. John Paul II Academy. She is honoured to be a part of this school’s legacy.

Ben Sears

Ben Sears was an Investment Advisor at Mackie Research Capital and Leede Financial and now runs his own contracting firm, Hadrian Construction Company. He is a resident of South Surrey, a parishioner at Star of the Sea, a Knight of Columbus, and a proud parent of a daughter currently attending Star of the Sea Elementary School.

Christiane Ahpin

Board Member
Now happily retired, Christiane served as the Chief Operating Officer of the BC Medical Association for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in the benefits, compensation, and human resources fields.  She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and BA in Mathematics from the University of Windsor.  She and her husband are parishioners at St. Pius X parish on the North Shore.

Mandy Benoit

Board Member
Mandy has the privilege of raising three boys, all of whom attend schools in the CISVA. Her eldest is currently in Grade 9 at Saint John Paul II Academy, while the younger two attend Star of the Sea School in South Surrey. She and her husband, David are parishioners of Star of the Sea and enjoy being part of various ministries within the church.

James Borkowski

Board Member
James is the Archbishop’s Delegate for Operations with the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has one son studying at the Academy and has served as chair and a member of the school’s education committee (the precursor to the Society’s board) since the school opened in 2018.  Both he and his wife Lucia are active supporters and advocates for the Academy and are members of Precious Blood parish.

Fr. Lawrence Donnelly

Board Member
Fr. Donnelly is pastor of Sts. Joachim and Ann parish in Aldergrove. He served with distinction as the Archbishop’s Representative on the Academy’s education committee (the precursor to the Society Board) and currently is on the board of Catholic independent School of Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA). Fr. Donnelly is a graduate in music from UBC, classics from the University of Ottawa, and theology at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome.

Chris Formosa

Board Member
Born and raised in Powell River, BC, Chris has lived and worked in White Rock for the last 33 years. He is a pharmacist/businessman and former owner/ operator of Peoples Drugmart (Johnston Road and Ocean Park) and Medical Pharmacy (White Rock Medical). He is an active parishioners of Star of the Sea parish and he and his wife Katrina have raised their 4 children in White Rock. Their youngest, Lizzie, is a grade 10 student at St John Paul II Academy. Chris is the board contact for parent participation.

Jenae Kassam

Board Member
Jenae and her husband Salim have a daughter, Isabella, who is currently a grade 9 student at the Academy. Jenae and her family are parishioners at Star of the Sea parish in South Surrey. She is the co-owner and a consultant at Kadence Hospitality and Development Inc. where she leads the Retail Operations and Customer Experience practice. Her background encompasses Marketing, Retail, Event Production and Television Production. Previously Jenae owned and operated a retail clothing company. Her board responsibilities include assisting with school fundraising initiatives as well as marketing and communications.

Jose Vargas

Board Member
Jose has one daughter studying at the Academy who joined the school in grade 8 during the second year of operation of the school in September 2019. He and his family are members of Sacred Heart Parish in Ladner. Jose is a Director at OSI Maritime Systems in Burnaby, BC. In addition to his board responsibilities he also acts as a brand ambassador for the school at Sacred Heart parish.

Troy Van Vliet

Board Member
A key catalyst for the establishment of the Academy, Troy Van Vliet is the principal and owner of Tavan Developments Limited, a builder of luxury homes in the lower mainland. His oldest daughter is a student at Saint John Paul II Academy and his youngest attends Star of the Sea Elementary School. Troy is chair of the board of Directors of the Saint John Paul II Academy Foundation and serves on the Society board in an ex-officio capacity.

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