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School District 71 announces three new senior director positions

The Comox Valley School District is welcoming a trio of new senior directors this summer.

The district announced today that, effective Aug. 1st, Dr. Vivian Collyer and Jay Dixon have been appointed as directors of instruction, and Sean Lamoureux has been appointed as director of instruction – inclusive education.

The three newly appointed directors will join the district following the upcoming retirements of staff on the senior leadership team.

“We are pleased to appoint three very high calibre candidates who have a breadth and depth of skills and experience that will be of great benefit to our District,” said district superintendent and CEO, Tom Demeo. 

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“The selection of applicants from regions near and far from which we were able to choose was incredible. There is a wide field of excellence among educators and educational leaders today and we are thrilled to have three of them join our team.”

Dr. Vivian Collyer holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Bachelor of Education for French and Social Studies, and a Bachelor of French Language Studies. 

Collyer has been nominated for several BC Premier’s Awards and was the recipient of the Graduate Studies Fellowship award. 

She is an active member on many  committees, including the BC School Superintendents Association professional development committee.

Collyer is currently the Director of Instruction at School District 69 (Qualicum). 

The district says she “brings extensive background and knowledge fulfilling several school district roles, as well as curriculum development experience from a secondment to the Ministry of Education.”

Jay Dixon from School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is currently under secondment with the Ministry of Education as a Curriculum Support & Resource Development Lead. 

The district says Dixon “brings to the Comox Valley his innovative leadership and teaching experience in the K-12 education system.” 

He holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Educational Technology, Certificate in Leadership, Certificate in Special Education, and has completed UBC’s Transformational Educational Leadership Program. 

Dixon currently is supporting upcoming provincial initiatives, Open School BC, and ShareEdBC with project development and curriculum guidance. He has also served as a Board member for Vancouver Island Regional Library and the North Island College Foundation Board.

Sean Lamoureux is currently principal of Mark R. Isfeld Secondary.

He joined the district in 2018 bringing many years of experience as an administrator, “as well as exceptional knowledge as a teacher and supervisor,” according to the district.

As an administrator, he has been responsible for a variety of educational programs including Alternative Education, Adult Continuing Education and Indigenous Education. 

He has also supervised an education program at Kamloops Regional Corrections Centre and led a life skills program for School District 73. 

Lamoureux developed the “Family of Schools” structure, which is currently being utilized within SD73. He holds a Master of Arts in Administration Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History. 

He has sat on a variety of regional, provincial, and local board of directors. 

In his new role supporting inclusive education for the district, Lamoureux  will bring his experience supporting students with diverse learning backgrounds.

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