Westmont Board of Directors
My family has lived in Langford since 2009 after buying our property from my Grandparents who moved here in 1946. We have one daughter aged 10, two COVID cats, and many wild birds, deer, racoons, mink, and rabbits who frequent our property and surrounding forest.
Our daughter has been in Montessori schools since early primary, and at Westmont since she was 6. I am a professional Civil Engineer by trade, with a specialty in water and wastewater management, planning, and design.
I believe in the Montessori philosophy for its focus on each unique child, where individual achievement is measured by the natural merit of the work, where opportunity exists and thrives in the classroom regardless and in celebration of personal differences. This is the model of a world I want for myself and all of our children.
I joined the WCMS Board as a Director at Large in 2018 and was elected to the President position in 2019. As President, my focus has been, and continues to be, to build and maintain a strong team of volunteers who are ready and willing to engage with each other, our community, and to think critically and collaboratively with the goal of governing the Society in a proper, fair, and innovative manner.
Crispin Murphy is an IT executive working in the greater Victoria area. He also has previous educational charity work in a leadership role. His focus with the board on helping grow and mature Westmont. He enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, surfing, and all forms of outdoor living on the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island.
I co-founded Boardwalk Communications in 2002 – a reseller of IT equipment and services based in Victoria. Boardwalk was sold in 2016 and we are now retired and farming a small organic farm in Metchosin called “Sonnleiten Farm”.
I am an Electronic engineer by training and during the decade before Boardwalk I was involved in business development and analysis as a consultant in the IT space to large and small enterprises.
My wife, Odell, and I are 25th year immigrants from Capetown, South Africa and our kids are Annalize(16) and Hanli (13). We have been with the school since 2008 and I have served on the board since 2011 and as board treasurer since 2013.
Sarah is a long-standing member of the Westmont community as an alumnus and parent. Sarah has been a director at large of the WCMS board since 2017 and has 4 children that attend Westmont in early primary through to middle school. Sarah is a nurse and graduate student by trade and brings her longstanding history with the community and passion for montessori to the conversation in the governance of Westmont.
Maggie is committed to Montessori and has enjoyed being part of the Westmont community since her son joined the middle school program in 2018. He’s now in his second year of the high school program and loving it. Professionally, Maggie is a management consultant who focuses on people and strategy in organizations. She joined the board in 2020 and is looking forward to continuing the board’s deep and engaging discussions as the school grows and develops
Erin has been a member of the Westmont community since 2014, but a brand new member of the Board of as of this year! She joined in hopes of bringing a different perspective and a long-time parent voice to an already fantastic group. Her background includes momming, health & beauty as well as real estate development.