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.

2018-19 Board Handbook

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
Nov 15, 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 2018-19 Board Members:

Melissa Phillips – President

Melissa has been on the board since January 2016 as Secretary and her oldest son, is in the Maple class. Melissa’s website is www.focusedmuse.com, 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 January of 2018 she stepped into the President role.

“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

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

Kevin Loo – Treasurer

Kevin Loo’s background is in accounting and finance. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 5+ years in leading a finance team and advising senior management on budgetary and operational planning. Also, experienced in credit facility management, risk management, tax and audit functions.  His child is in Arbutus. contact

Anne-Marie Warner – Secretary

Anne-Marie has two children at Elizabeth Buckley School and works as a physician serving in Victoria. She is a member of the EBS fundraising committee and has a passion for making high quality education accessible to vulnerable children and families. She is originally from Quebec and enjoys french language activities and spending time outdoors with her husband and 3 children. 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

Tina Bebbington – PAC Chair

Tina Bebbington is a professional librarian with a child in Maple Class. She has served for three years as PAC Vice-Chair, leading or supporting a variety of PAC projects.  Tina has previously served on several non-profit boards including the University of Victoria Faculty Association and Victoria’s Old Cemeteries Society, and currently volunteers with the Victoria Regional Heritage Fair. Tina values the PAC’s goals of inclusiveness, transparency, and participation, and plans to continue the successful current projects, while in consultation with families, try some new initiatives too.  contact

Jennifer Meszaros – Development Coordinator

Jennifer is the mother of one very curious boy in the Maple class. She brings her experience and knowledge from being on fundraising and parent boards that focused on raising funds and awareness for causes such as the YMCA International Fund, Buluembu Children’s Village, and Gifted Parents Association of Edmonton.  contact