Board Of Directors

“…in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.” – Carol Bellamy

Elizabeth Buckley School is operated by the Hands On Summer Camp Society, a non-profit organization.

The Board of Directors consists of parents who are dedicated to the success of the school and are responsible for the overall administration of the society. This includes creating and monitoring budgets, providing direction, and setting policies. The principal is responsible for overseeing the curriculum and day-to-day operations of the school.

The society welcomes new members and encourages active participation on the Board. The Board holds its meetings at the school, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. (Board meetings are open to all parents and the minutes are available for download by clicking the links below.) Parents are encouraged and welcomed at all board meetings. Attendance at the Annual General Meeting by a representative of each family is mandatory. Childminding will be available onsite for the AGM.

Board Meeting Dates for 2017-18

Board Meetings take place Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Buckley Elementary School. Meetings typically run 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Everyone is welcome to attend Board Meetings.

Sept 20, 2017
Oct 18, 2017
Dec 13, 2017
Jan 17, 2018 – AGM. No official meeting
Feb 21, 2018
Mar 14, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
May 16, 2018
June 13, 2018

Click here to read the meeting minutes.

HOSCS 2017-18 Board Members:

Nicole Skoreyko – President

Nicole is the President of the EBS Board of Directors and started on the board as Policy Coordinator in January 2014. She has a daughter in the Maple class and enjoys being a part of such an amazing school and seeing all the great learning opportunities that her daughter enjoys every day.  contact

Tracy Humphreys – Vice-President

Tracy Humphreys is a veteran senior manager, who combines 30 years of management and strategy experience with on-the-ground work in advocacy. In addition to co-founding and growing a successful private label hair and skin care manufacturing firm, she has been involved in numerous start-ups across North American and worked in health care plan administration and post-secondary roles. In 2014, she founded a support and advocacy group for parents of children with special needs. The group now has 1,100 members in British Columbia and hosts an annual advocacy conference. contact

Leah Lyne – Treasurer

Leah Lyne is a parent of three children, her youngest is a student in the Cedar class. Her background is in financial modeling and budgeting and she is currently an Accountant with Western Financial Group.  She has been a member of the board of directors since September of 2015. contact

Melissa Phillips – Secretary

Melissa has been on the board since January 2016 as Secretary and her oldest son, is in the Maple class. Melissa’s website is, where she shares life as a creative person listening to her muse each moment of the day, while balancing being a mom of three. 

“In Kindergarten, my son learned about the brain and when he got angry he would say his amygdala was acting up,” Melissa explains. “The fact that he learned about the different sections of the brain at such a young age and used it correctly is awesome.”  contact

Jodi Dong – Development Coordinator

Jodi has been on the board since 2015 and has two sons at EBS, the eldest in Cedar and younger in Arbutus. EBS has provided a wonderful foundation for her sons to thrive. Jodi’s day job is as an Executive Director in the BC Government, developing policy and legislation to support communities. She loves volunteering for the EBS community and hope that she will help contribute to its long term success. contact

Anissa Agahchen – Member-at-Large

Anissa is the parent of a child in the middle school.  She has served on the Elizabeth Buckley School board since January 2017, as a member-at-large. Anissa is also the CEO of a software company, Verably that offers volunteer management solutions. contact

Al Van Akker – Member-at-Large

Al van Akker and his wife Kay have a son in the Cedar class. Al joined the Board in July of 2017 as a Member-at-large. He is Chair of the Architectural Trades Dept. at Camosun College, and is a Petty Officer in the Naval Reserve.  contact

Kate Langridge – PAC Chair

Kate is a professional project manager and administrator with two children at EBS. She has been PAC Chair since September 2015, and on the HOSCS Board since January 2017. She is honoured to lend her skills in support of the EBS school community. contact