The Advancement Office is involved with alumni relations, events, communications including publications such as the Report Card, the Parent News and the Alumni News, and external relations for the Annual Fund and the Centennial Plan.
Our aims are to promote a greater understanding of the School, to keep you informed, to build a strong network, and to encourage and assist you and those who wish to make a gift to the School.
Shawnigan is fortunate to be able to count on the generosity of our community for annual giving, capital projects and longer term initiatives. Your support sets an example to the rest of our community that you believe in us. By supporting Shawnigan, you make a great school truly exceptional.
Contact the Advancement Office
|c/o Shawnigan Lake School|
1975 Renfrew Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
Phone: (250) 743-6235
Fax: (250) 743-6234
Mr. Rudy Massimo
Director of External Relations and Advancement
Rudy joined the Shawnigan Advancement Office in September 2012. Prior to Shawnigan, he spent more than 30 years working with businesses, educational oganizations and the not-for-profit-sector providing leadership training, strategic planning, motivational speaking and adventure-based programming.
Rudy has demonstrated exceptional strengths in change management and leadership development. As the Director of Advancement at Lakefield College School (2002-2008) Rudy and his team raised over $30M for bursaries and capital projects. While CEO and Executive Director/Head of School at Outward Bound Canada (1997-2003), Rudy led the organization through significant restructuring and re-positioning, achieving the organization's highest student enrollment ever, and becoming one of the most successful and innovative outdoor experiential schools in Canada.
Mrs. Mandy Parker
Associate Director of Advancement
Mandy joined the Shawnigan Lake School Advancement office in January 2013. She comes to Shawnigan with over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector and has worked at the leadership and operational levels demonstrating strong skills in strategic, operational and communication planning and implementation.
Mandy was the first Executive Director of the Mount St. Mary Foundation (2005-2012), in Victoria, BC, where she was responsible for the effective conduct of the Foundation in all its activities, raising over $5 million including $1.2 million for their endowment fund.
Prior to Mount St. Mary Foundation, Mandy worked as Major Gifts Officer for the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation (2002-2005) Together We Care Campaign, a $17 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.
Mandy is parent to Jameson '06 and Brandon '10 who both graduated from Shawnigan Lake School.
Mr. Phillip Jarvis
Director of the Shawnigan Centennial
Phil Jarvis first experienced the transformative nature of education and scholarship at his selective grammar school in the Welsh coal-mining valleys. From there, Phil studied at the University of Wales, and then embarked on what he thought would be a career in teaching. Instead, that career has broadened into other aspects of modern independent school education.
After teaching English just outside London for three years, Phil immigrated to Canada and taught for six years at St. John's-Ravenscourt in Winnipeg, where he coached the varsity soccer team, helped run the boarding house, and found time to complete a Masters' degree at the U. of Manitoba. This was to be followed later by a Ph.D from Southern California University.
After a stint in the Bahamas, Phil, his wife, and two daughters, Megan and Caitlin, looked for the most beautiful school in Canada, and there was only one choice - Shawnigan Lake School! Phil became Head of the English Department, Copeman's Housemaster, 1st XI soccer coach, Theatre Director, Registrar and ultimately Director of Admissions.
In the mid-90's, Phil was approached by a leading boarding school in New England to take over its admissions department. Phil's family was supportive of this adventure and left for Berkshire School in Massachusetts, where Phil ultimately became Interim Headmaster. After this US experience, Phil was approached to consult for many schools in Canada and the United States.
Phil now feels honoured again in his career to be of service to Shawnigan, as the Director of the Centennial.
Mr. Roland Borsato
Director of Alumni Relations
Roland Borsato '72 (Ripley's) has worked as the Director of Alumni Relations in the Advancement Office of Shawnigan Lake School for four years. As an alumnus of the School, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his position and the community as a whole. Roland is passionate about Shawnigan and feels he is the person he is today because of how Shawnigan transformed him.
Roland has had much success in his career, having been a vice-president of two major automotive repair companies, a teacher at the University of the Fraser Valley in construction practices, as well as being an accomplished blues musician and chef. He is especially proud of his marriage to Louise for 30 years, and their three daughters: Maria, a teacher; Andrea, a commercial pilot; and Kate, a Psychology Counsellor.
Roland remembers many amazing things from his years spent at Shawnigan as a student but patricular highlights include rowing at Henley, and, following Prince Philip's visit to the School, receiving a personal invite for his rowing crew to visit Buckingham Palace.
Shawnigan depends on your contribution to the Annual Fund. Your gift to Shawnigan will support a multitude of needs within the school such as scholarships, bursaries and awards, funds for tour & travel, resources for students and staff, priority needs within each House, funds to support the academic and co-curricular programs, plus other unforeseen projects. Learn more about the Annual Fund
|Like every other independent school, Shawnigan’s greatest challenge is balancing affordability with the commitment to offering unique and innovative programs and experiences to every one of our 450-plus students. Your contribution to our Financial Assistance Program helps ensure our ability to offer the very best education to all of the deserving young men and women who call our campus their “home away from home.” Learn more about Financial Assistance|
Capital Giving & Major Gifts
|Major and Principal Gifts are received in connection with Capital Projects or for the Endowment. Recent projects include the Olsen Academic Building (a Languages Centre featuring 9 classrooms and a language lab with 25 computers), John Lecky House (a boarding house built specifically for Rugby Canada and other travelling teams), Marion Hall (our magnificent dining hall) and our two most recent additions - the Shawnigan Sportsplex and the Hugh Wilkinson Studio Theatre.|
Planned Giving & the Legacy Society
Planned gifts help secure Shawnigan’s future because they are, quite literally, “gifts that keep on giving.” The Shawnigan Lake Legacy Society has been established as a way of paying tribute to supporters who have communicated to the School their intention to make a planned or future gift. Learn more about Planned Giving
The focus for the next three years is the Shawnigan Centennial
bringing with it the opportunity to secure the future of Shawnigan for the next one hundred years and beyond. The Shawnigan Centennial includes two components, the Learning Commons and the School's endowment. Learn more about the Shawnigan Centennial