Serving CSS in Western Canada, Dave has been advising clients since he joined the team in 2010. His background and years of experience in reviewing matters related to estate planning and retirement within the insurance field benefits the clients of CSS. He has also completed the required courses for the Certified Financial Planning designation. Dave has enjoyed volunteering at his local Christian school in Duncan, BC to advance Christian education through development initiatives.
Director of Endeavour Community Relations and Development, Tim has also had many years experience as a Community Relations Officer and Consultant with over twenty years experience in Christian School leadership. He has been a speaker at ten Community Relations and Development Conferences. Endeavour is a national company working with schools across Australia on all aspects of Community Relations and Development. www.endeavourcrd.com.au
DIRTT Education Specialist, Jeff Covey, spent 11 years teaching in the public system in Alberta and another eight in school administration, serving as vice principal and later, as principal, at a private school in British Columbia. Over the course of his career, Jeff observed how the design and function of standard classrooms consistently fell short in supporting the diverse needs of students and staff in a rapidly changing world. After learning about DIRTT, Jeff decided to shift gears and show educators how to leverage the immediate and long-term benefits of a DIRTT-built space. By using his knowledge of how education projects are funded, Jeff will help educators in K-12 and post-secondary schools navigate beyond current thinking and address key challenges and barriers to change. This will help communities establish environmental priorities in education that result in beautiful and adaptable learning environments that inspire excellence.
Trevor has over 20 years of experience in the BC technology industry, and is the founder of Appazur Solutions, supporting schools across BC and around North America by providing customized, school-branded iOS and Android apps. He also served as Program Co-Director for Shad Valley UBC, a national STEAM and entrepreneurship enrichment program for exceptional high school students. Trevor has a Computer Engineering degree from UBC, and an MBA from EDHEC in France.
Jason Humeniuk is a mortgage broker and the owner of Hilltop Financial, a Dominion Lending Centre. He has over 21 years of experience in commercial and residential mortgages, so in the ever-changing mortgage landscape, he has the in-depth knowledge of recent government changes to mortgage guidelines and awareness of lender "small print" will ensure that the mortgage you get is the mortgage you want. Jason is the board chair at Langley Christian School.
As SCSBC's Director of Development, Cathy's responsibilities include consultations and individual school support in the areas of recruitment, re-recruitment, community relations, annual drives, capital campaigns and legacy giving. Through the provision of resources and leadership, she strives to encourage and nurture the development efforts in member schools, with the goal of supporting the educational programs through positive enrolment, strong community and long term financial sustainability. Cathy is also responsible for the coordination of networking and professional development opportunities for development staff and committee volunteers. Cathy served as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School for 15 years, provided consultant services for SCSBC and Endeavour (Australia) and has been a speaker at many conferences, presenting on topics from development strategies, fundraising, community building and volunteer management in Christian schools.
Since 2009 Marinus has been providing financial planning advice to clients in Ontario, and specifically since 2013 with CSS. He enjoys encouraging people to make use of the variety of tools available for effective charitable giving. He received his Certified Financial Planning designation in 2010. Prior to exploring his current profession, he owned and managed a farm and greenhouse operation in the Niagara Region. He enjoys singing in a male chorus group called To the King, mission trips to Guatemala and helping at the local Out of the Cold program.
Michael is a partner with the firm Loewen Kruse, Chartered Accountants, and the managing partner for the firm’s charities and not-for-profit clients. He is the auditor, accountant and/or financial consultant for over one hundred charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Michael assists his clients with a wide array of services, including Canada Revenue Agency compliance, bookkeeping, interim controllership, and other financial issues unique to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Michael is a speaker at various charities conferences. He is a past board member and Treasurer for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He also served on the organization’s audit committee. www.loewenkruse.com
Amy Robertson is a communications and PR specialist. She has worked in-house at Trinity Western University, Simon Fraser University and Briercrest College and Seminary. She specializes in communications and PR strategy, media relations, crisis communications, social media communications, editorial and web writing, and editing. Her articles have appeared in publications across the country, and she has an unusual passion for grammar. Currently, she is completing her thesis for an MA in Communication at SFU, during which she is exploring whether social media makes our sense of community more individualistic.
Since 2004 Timothy Scoon has worked to better understand the underlying needs of customers. Tim is interested in helping people find a better way forward with education and service. Tim currently spends a lot of time travelling the province to educate property stewards on property insurance and capital asset planning. Tim is responsible for Suncorp Valuations in BC and the Yukon.
Ken is a partner in the law firm of De Jager Volkenant & Company. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1987, he carries on a solicitor’s practice corporate and commercial law, wills and estates and real estate development. Ken specializes in the area of charity law on the corporate side, incorporating non-profit organizations, charities and foundations and assisting organizations through restructuring, amalgamations, cooperative ventures, property transactions and development programs. Ken also advises charities regarding legal risk management and asset protection and the legal aspects of planned giving and fundraising programs.
Ken is a frequent presenter on topics related to charities and planned giving and serves on the boards and advisory committees of several non-profit and charitable organizations.
Howard Van Mersbergen
Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. A graduate of Dordt College he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
Tim is SCSBC’s Director of Finance. He has extensive professional experience both as an accountant and with not-for-profit organizations. He started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Chartered Accountants, and has held senior roles in a variety of companies and organizations both in Australia and Canada. He has served on several boards including Christian not-for-profit organizations, and has done consulting work for Christian schools. Tim is an experienced presenter who has taught a variety of seminars as well as giving lectures at universities. His educational accomplishments comprise of a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics in Accounting, Graduate Diploma Tax Law, and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Tim’s responsibilities at SCSBC include financial management consultation with business administrators, finance committees, and school treasurers, SCSBC Business Administrators Forum facilitator, Financial Health Review facilitator, SCSBC School Budget Template, SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and SCSBC advisor to the SCSBC Compensation Committee and Policy Development Committee.
Plenary Speaker Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzie is the Headmaster of The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida. Over the past eight years, he has grown the school from 140 students to more than 385 students. In the process, the school has maintained strong retention rates, extremely high national parent satisfaction scores, and was even able to increase tuition more than 50% during a tumultuous economic period.
Jim is a motivational speaker and consultant who has done workshops at numerous schools and conferences including the International Reading Conference, the American Educational Research Conference, and the League of Christian Schools National Conference. He has published work in The Elementary School Journal and Teachers of Vision and authored the Environmental Science standards for the National Boy Scouts Association. He was a finalist for SECME's National Teacher of the Year Award for his work in developing a science program aimed at reaching minority students.
Jim has ten years experience in coaching, training, and consulting with Christian schools all across the United States. He is not just a consultant, however. He is first and foremost a practitioner. As the head of a thriving Christian school, his teaching and training is based on best practices he has verified in his own school setting. Jim provides consulting services for Christian schools and ministries in the areas of Visioning and Strategic Planning, Marketing and Enrollment Strategies, and Leadership Development.
Jim currently serve as the marketing and enrollment consultant for the prestigious Van Lunen Center, an organization that provides world-class executive management training for heads of Christian schools. In the past, he has worked as a consultant with Graceworks Ministries, a non-profit that provides marketing services exclusively for Christian schools. He holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and private school settings.
For more information, visit www.jcmckenzie.com.
Capital Campaign Panelists
Clara Atagi, Chris Berghuis, Christine Bomhof, Jennifer Milley and Arusha Vegt
Clara Atagi, Development Coordinator, Surrey CS
For the past eight years, it has been my privilege to be employed at Surrey Christian School in the role of development coordinator.
I have worked on annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, and fundraising events like our annual golf tourna-ments and galas. I enjoy meeting new families who are at the beginning their journey in Christian education, and I love to challenge myself to pursue excellence in all the things I tackle.
Chris Berghuis, Development Director at Pacific CS
I love connecting with people and telling them the vision of an organization as we talk about how God is at work there. Currently, we are in the middle of a capital campaign at PCS. My previous experience includes fundraising with Inter-Varsity at Manitoba Pioneer Camp and serving as the capital campaign director in a campus re-development campaign and a Growing with Integrity student support campaign at Redeemer University College.
Jennifer Milley, Development Coordinator, Vancouver CS
A former student, and a current parent, I joined VCS in a professional capacity in 2011, first as development assistant and then in 2012 as development coordinator. I have been involved with the current VCS Hope and a Future capital campaign since its planning stages in 2014. This has enabled me to participate in all aspects of a capital campaign and has been a great source of joy, both professional and personal.
Christine Bomhof, Advancement and Campaign Coordinator, Abbotsford CS
As part of the ACS Advancement department for the past seven years, I've worked in admissions, community relations and fundraising. Over the past two years I’ve worked as the Campaign Coordinator overseeing our capital campaign:This Square Inch. It has been an exciting journey of learning about our community and building relationships that are key to advancement and capital campaigns.
Arusha Vegt, Development Coordinator, John Knox CS
I have worked in this position since 2011, most recently on the Building the Future: A New Foundation Capital Campaign for our new high school building in New Westminster, which has included long term planning, connecting with current families, alumni and founders, and creative endeavours like events and publications. My background is in marketing, event management, and catering. It is a blessing to use these skills to further God’s work in students in our community.