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:


 Tara Harvey has been a Whole School advocate and supporter since 2003.  She is an alumni parent who has been on the Whole School’s Board of Directors since 2007.  She is currently enrolled in the Education Assistant program at the College of the Rockies and is passionate about alternative education.


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.


Amanda Konrad is the mother of three amazing little ones, a homemaker, homesteader, and fibre artist. Amanda has a passion for The Whole School with special appreciation for the enriching family-to-school partnership that takes place here. She enjoys fostering a school that emphasizes nurturing the community and the children growing in it. Amanda feels privileged to be a parent board director supporting alternative education.


Jen Green is a parent alumni and supporter of The Whole School since 2005; she passionately believes in the The Whole School’s approach to alternative education.  She has been a director since 2016, and continues to bring humor, creativity, and her experience as a small business owner/operator and community activist to her role.  


Rachel Abbey is a parent alumni.  She also brings her invaluable, prior experience as a Whole School Coordinator to her role as a 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. 


Kirstin Olsen is a parent alumni.  Her contribution as a small business owner and community health activist has been invaluable to the development of the Whole School. 

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