Dear VCS Families,
After almost three decades of exceptional service within the VCS community, our middle school principal, Mary DeBoer, will be retiring at the end of the current school year. Mrs. DeBoer started at VCS in 1993 and has served the Lord faithfully throughout her career. She has taught and provided leadership to VCS students, families, and staff with compassion, wisdom, a heartfelt desire to invite others into experiencing the love of Jesus and the wonderful plans He has for their lives. Mary's passion for middle school and the unique characteristics of middle school students will be a legacy that will continue to bless our community long after she retires!
Dear VCS Family,
When I started my teaching journey at VCS, I had no idea I would be privileged to
be a part of this wonderful community for 28 years. My husband, two children, and
I stepped out in faith and made the big move from Ontario to BC in June of 1993.
It has been an amazing journey and I can honestly say it has been an honour and
blessing to work with such an amazing, talented, and resilient staff and be blessed
to serve so many students and parents in my years at VCS. I will be forever
grateful for my time here and leaving this community will be bittersweet.
I do not know what the future holds, but God does and so I step forward in faith
believing He has something more for me as I shift into my retirement years. Please know that VCS will forever
be in my heart and my prayers and I look forward to completing this year with the best that I can give.
~ Mary DeBoer
The impact Mrs. DeBoer has had on the VCS community is difficult to quantify. What is clear is that her love for God’s children, VCS families, and our staff has had a profound impact on many people’s lives. Mrs.
DeBoer will continue to serve as Middle School Principal for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year; we will formally celebrate Mrs. DeBoer and the work God has done through her (and will continue to do, in other ways!) later in the spring.
God is good, all the time!
Dear VCS Families,
After a wonderful summer of Sabbath rest, exploring Creation, and spending time with family,
we’re excited to venture into a new school year with you.
Like some of you, my family spent a great deal of time outside during the summer. We found the
crisp, cool waters of Lightning Lake in Manning Park and Garibaldi Lake to be a great relief after
hot days of hiking in the mountains. My legs may have been a bit wobbly after reaching the
intimidating heights of Black Tusk (photo below), but my soul felt nourished and restored as I
marvelled at the view. The verse, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid...for the Lord your God goes with you” definitely came to mind as I struggled up the final stretch of the mountain!
I trust the summer also provided you with a time of renewal, and a time to nurture positive relationships with your family members and friends.
Summer construction work in the school proceeded at a strong pace over the past two months and began immediately upon completion of the previous school year. We’re excited to add another classroom on the first floor for our elementary students, who will learn in closer proximity to their peers in the elementary wing. The construction work is nearly complete and remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the school year.
Another new classroom was created by combining two of our small group rooms in the library learning commons. This high school room provides a great learning space filled with beautiful natural light and views of the distant mountains; it also is on schedule to open by the start of the school year.
As planned, 59 new, larger lockers have been added to our high school wing and the lockers they replaced have been reinstalled in other areas of the school for use by elementary or middle
Our new lobby stairway project is moving forward steadily but steel procurement and fabrication delays will mean that it will not be installed and ready to use until later in the fall. These delays are out of our control, and we can certainly live a few more months with our current sets of stairs.
These projects are exciting, but far more important than building projects are the people who
form this community. As a staff, we are delighted to engage with your children and young adults
in exploring their place in God’s world. We can’t wait to walk beside our students as they
become community-builders who find joy in serving others, as they create beautiful things, as
they develop academically and athletically. We are here not because we have a nice facility, but
because God calls us to raise our children to know the unending love Jesus has for them, and
to respond out of gratitude for the sacrifice He made on the cross.
Please join me in praying that our building projects will finish in good time. However, more
importantly than that, please pray that our school will have a positive impact on our City and
neighbours. Please pray that we’ll be a place where youth experience the love of Jesus and
share it. Pray that students and staff will nurture positive and healthy relationships, where our
young people will grow in resiliency and experience moments of wonder in their learning, and
that together, we will give thanks each day for God’s goodness.
Dear VCS Families,
As you transition into the summer months, may God bless you and keep you and your family near to Him. May you feel his presence in your lives, and find reasons each day to give thanks for His enduring love. May you be assured that this world belongs to God, and nothing is beyond the scope of His plans.
On behalf of the VCS board and staff, thank you for your gracious support, prayers, and participation in the VCS community over the past 10 months - a year like none other. Although we’ve had some difficult moments, we have countless reasons to give thanks for what God has done during this challenging school year. The Lord makes beautiful things out of our imperfect offerings.
May you hold close to your heart this promise from Jeremiah 29:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
God is good, all the time.
See you in September!