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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall stewardship of York House School
The Board of Governors is composed of 12 elected Board members, as well as three Advisors: the President of the Parents’ Association, the President of the Alumnae Association, and the Chair of the YHS Foundation. The Immediate Past Chair is also a member of the board for the duration of his/her two-year term.

All Board members are unpaid volunteers who give generously of their time and resources in support of the school. Most Board members have already participated extensively in school activities as volunteers prior to joining the Board. Previous Board members have come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences; most are parents, past and current, and some are also alumnae. They are united in their desire to see York House School as the best place for educating girls. They wish to see the school empower girls to achieve their full potential, and be prepared to be effective in a rapidly changing world.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall stewardship of York House School. The Board sets policy directions through strategic planning and goal setting to ensure the financial stability of the school and to advance the school’s mission and vision. The Board is also responsible for appointing the Head of School to whom it delegates authority over the administration of the school and matters of curriculum and staffing. In keeping with the membership requirements of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Board oversees the school and remains at arm’s length from the administration.

Board of Governors 2020-21

List of 15 items.

  • Michelle Ostrow '89, Board Chair

    Chair, Head Evaluation Committee
    Member, Governance Committee
    Member of all Board committees (ex-officio)
    Bio
  • Kate Furber, Board Vice-Chair

    Chair, Governance Committee
    Member, Finance Committee
    Bio
  • Gina Arsens, Treasurer

    Chair, Finance Committee
    Bio
  • Neil Menzies, Immediate Past Board Chair

    Chair, Facilities & Maintenance Committee
    Member, Governance Committee & Risk Management Committee
    Bio
  • Shamir Alibhai

    Chair, Master Planning Advisory Committee
    Bio
  • Kimberly Cudney

    Member, Advancement/Major Gifts Committee, Finance Committee & Neighbour Committee
    Bio
  • Murray Goldberg

    Member, Facilities & Maintenance Committee
    Bio
  • Mike Hudson

    Chair, Advancement/Major Gifts Committee
    Member, Governance Committee & Master Planning Advisory Committee
    Bio
  • Joanne Lee-Young '90

    Chair, Neighbour Committee
    Member, Advancement Committee & Head Evaluation Committee
    Bio
  • Donald R. Lindsay

    Member, Governance Committee and Head Evaluation Committee
    Bio
  • Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera

    Chair, Risk Management Committee
    Member, Head Evaluation Committee
    Bio
  • Gaynor Yeung

    Member, Risk Management Committee
    Bio
  • Farrell Eckman, President, YHS Parents’ Association (Advisor)

     
    Bio
  • Courtney (Smith) Cousineau '99, President, YHS Alumnae Association (Advisor)

    Bio
  • Stevie Bryson Mitchell '61, Chair, YHS Foundation (Advisor)

    Bio