Fiona Cull – President
Originally from Melbourne Australia Fiona Cull joined her husband TC and has called Whistler home since 1991.
With a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Accounting her professional experience includes 16 years with Whistler Blackcomb including 10 years as the Director of Guest Services and leading Executive level projects across all Intrawest resorts. She currently works as a business consultant focused on Sales and Marketing mainly in the leisure and tourism industry.
Fiona joined the Board in 2008 and served 3 years as Treasurer. She has now started a new term as President. She has also served on the Whistler Arts Council Board (Treasurer), Maurice Young Millennium Place Board, and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.
Shankar Raina – Treasurer
Laura Street – Past President, Secretary
Laura Street joined the Board in 2007, served 3 years as President and now moves into the Past President role. Her professional experience includes six years at Tourism Whistler in a number of positions including Manager of Media Relations, and Manager of Media Projects. Her career in Communications began with a four year contract with the Commonwealth Games Society working in Communications and Information Services. She holds a Bachelor Degree in French Language and Literature, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. This year, she started in a new position as Director of Communications at Whistler Waldorf. She moved to Whistler with her husband Marshall in 1994, and they have two children enrolled at Whistler Waldorf.
Michelle Kirkegaard – Director
Michelle Kirkegaard was formerly the principal at Whistler Waldorf School. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary and started her teaching career with the Calgary Board of Education. Michelle began her journey and passion for Waldorf education in Denver Colorado where she taught and was on the Board. In 1998 Michelle moved to Whistler with her family and initiated the Waldorf education opportunity in Whistler as a founding parent and faculty member of the Whistler Waldorf School. Michelle is a community leader in Whistler for learning opportunities as well as the arts. She is a Task Force member for the Whistler 2020 Learning Strategies, serves on the Board of Directors for the Whistler Arts Council; and is an active member of the Whistler Forum for Dialogue and Women of Whistler business organization. In her spare time, Michelle also owns and operates the Adele Campbell Fine Art gallery, a favorite of Whistler’s locals and visitors for the past 13 years.
Lee Anne van Dongen – Parent Council Chair
Lee-Anne van Dongen immigrated to Canada in 1996 from Melbourne Australia, and has lived in Whistler for 14 years with her husband and two boys aged 7 and 4. She has a Diploma in Hotel Management and Hospitality Studies, and has worked the past 11 years at the Whistler RCMP in various roles including Client Services Manager. She also owned and operated a Property Management and Cleaning business for 7 years. Lee Anne has served on the Parent Council for 4 years and is currently the Chair. She joined the Board of Directors in April 2011.
Aegir Morgan – Principal
Aegir Morgan is the grade 7 teacher at Whistler Waldorf, and is the faculty representative on the Board. He began studying Film and Photography at university, but says he always knew he was destined to be a teacher. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media Studies and Education Studies, and a Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Education at the University of Plymouth, UK. At 26 years old, he became one of the youngest teachers in the UK Waldorf system and took a class to eighth grade. After doing charity work in India and travelling to Iceland to reconnect with his roots, he took a job as a substitute teacher, filling in at Waldorf schools across England. While teaching throughout the country, he met his wife-to-be, Christine Cook. In 2008, the couple moved to Canada and both started at Whistler Waldorf.
Carol Tait – Director
Carol Tait has a Bachelor of Commerce and worked in South Africa opening Casino Hotels before moving to the UK, where she worked for Cunards and Ellerman and a Private investment Bank in the Finance Department between her travels around the world. After immigrating to Canada and moving to Whistler she worked as the Accountant for Canadian Snowmobile for 3 years before starting a family and heading back to the UK. In 2008 she returned with her family to Whistler where she started her own Accounting business and joined the board of the Whistler Children’s Centre as their Treasurer. She joined the Board of the Whistler Waldorf School in November 2010.
Paula Jeffers – Director
Paula Jeffers completed her arts and design education in London, UK then worked in the design and fashion field in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and the UK as well as running a small business. She moved to Whistler in 2004. Paula joined the Board at Whistler Waldorf in November 2010.
Laurie Grant – Director
Harvey Lim – Director
Harvey Lim began a career in professional football (soccer) where he spent 12 years playing for various international teams including: Norwich City, and Gillingham (England), Ekenas (Finland), Ornskoldsvik (Sweden) and Sing Tao (Hong Kong).
He retired from football in 1995 due to injury, and moved to Whistler with wife Sonya, who opened a boutique PR and digital strategy agency in 2002 (Ki Communications). Harvey opened his own business, Art Junction, an art gallery and picture framing studio, with a partner in 1999 and became principle owner in 2004. Over the years, he has worked on expanding his business and studio space, and has served on strata boards and business collaborative working groups. Harvey has two children attending Whistler Waldorf School.
Peggy Vogler – Director of Development
Peggy Vogler is a founding parent of Whistler Waldorf, has been with the school since its inception 11 years ago, and is currently the Director of Development. She has successfully led efforts to raise over $250,000 for the school since 2002.
Her business management background includes 22 years at Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard school in a variety of positions including Manager, Assistant Manager, Training and Recruiting Supervisor, Children’s Program Manager. She is currently the owner of a successful restaurant business in Vancouver, Aphrodite’s Organic Café and Pie Shop.
Vicky Bunbury – Administrator
Vicky Bunbury is a founding parent of Whistler Waldorf and is currently the school’s Administrator. Her past experience includes Manager of Whistler Kids at Whistler /Blackcomb for 13 years, and Manager of Planning for Whistler Kids for 2 years where she participated in various capital projects and long range planning. As Administrator she serves on the Whistler Waldorf Board, and is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Vancouver Waldorf School.