The Whole School volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of community members, some of whom are alumni parents, and parents of current students. 


This amazing group of volunteers has been the backbone of The Whole School’s development since its inception in 1973.


The Whole School is so grateful for the donation of time, expertise, and great wisdom that our Board offers.  These folks meet monthly to support our staff in integral ways, set goals, and vision for the future.  We could not do our work without you!

Introducing the Whole School Board:


 Rachelle Rimmer has two children and has been a parent at the Whole School for the past two years.  In that time she has shown a remarkable propensity for fundraising!  Rachelle is passionate about alternative education and permaculture farming.  


Jessica Coonen’s four children, and herself, have been involved with the Whole school since 2011.  She has been a director since 2013. Her eldest child graduated from High School one year ahead of their class and has been accepted to the Vancouver Film School!  The Whole School’s emphasis on connection, education, and growth sparked Jessie’s initial trust and enthusiasm; her ability to be involved in the school nurtured her trust and commitment to the school community.  Jessie’s intention as a director is to listen with an open heart and clarify sustainable goals.


Marilyne Taylor-Guenette is the mother of two small children.  She has been a parent at the Whole School for the past three years.  She is a homesteader and gardener with a special appreciation for The Whole School's enriching family-to-school partnership. Marilyne has been managing the garden program at the school.  She has taught French while educating the students about worm composting, sprouting, and permaculture principals.  Marilyne enjoys the emphasis on community that The Whole School fosters.


Peggy Frith is a community member and long time supporter of The Whole School since 2005.  She passionately believes in the The Whole School’s approach to alternative education and has brought her expertise as a fire fighter into the school for many years.  Peggy brings humor, creativity, and her experience as a small business owner/operator to her role.  


Rachel Abbey is a parent alumni.  She brings her invaluable prior experience as a Whole School Coordinator to her role as director.  Her two daughters are both successfully doing post-secondary education and one of them designed our new logo – thank you Hannah!  Rachel works as a lab technician at Kootenay Lake Hospital and is also a small business owner and farmer. 


Lilah Precious is a parent at The Whole School and an alumni student. She is a mother of two children and wishes for both to spend their elementary years at the school. Lilah is an Early Childhood Educator and is very passionate about supporting children to thrive as healthy, strong, vibrant members of our world. Her experience with alternative education has fostered a strong belief in the incredible benefits of the Whole School community. 



Shara Cooper is a new parent at the Whole School. She brings with her experience as a journalist and in public relations. She lives in Castlegar and works as an editor and writer. Shara is interested in building community, sustainability, communicating through storytelling, and instructional design. She's excited to be a part of the Whole School community.