A Message from the Board and Ellen Freestone

Dear VCS Family,

Welcome to a new school year! It has been great to see all the excitement and happiness as friends old and new are connecting at the school. As a Board, we have much to share with you in the near future, including survey results from last year and our renewed vision for the future of VCS, but first we must share some important news. Please see a letter here from Ellen.

“Dear VCS Parents, 

Many of you know that I have worked at VCS for over 30 years! It has been a wonderful journey; VCS has been my heart and home, more than a job and a rich, challenging and rewarding time. A few of you are aware that I planned to retire in the summer of 2021, right after I turn 61. After a lot of reflection, prayer, discussion with family and friends, and just a bit of agonizing, I informed the board on August 5,  that I would like to retire in the summer of 2020. I am so grateful for the wonderful community I have had the privilege to work with and particularly for the staff, parents and students that I have known so well for many years; I promise to give my very best to this last year. This is a leap of faith for me and it also is a new step for the school. I trust that God will provide for the school has He has faithfully done for the past 70 years”.              

This news was shared with staff prior to the school year starting, and in an effort to minimize distractions during the first week of school, we chose to wait until now to announce to our wider community.

As Ellen said, she has worked at VCS for over 30 years (!), serving the last 18 years as our Principal/Superintendent. What a blessing it has been to have someone with such passion and dedication leading our school for so long! As she noted, VCS is much more than a "job" to her — she has poured herself into our school, humbly exemplifying servant leadership to all in her care. VCS would not be the school it is today without God's grace and Ellen's leadership of our excellent staff and educators.

Obviously we are sad to see Ellen's time as Superintendent of VCS coming to an end, yet we did know this day was coming eventually. Over the last school year, the Board has discussed her future retirement a few times and we have already started mentally preparing. After leading our school through some busy and hard years — the construction project, temporary sites, and our first operational year in a new building — we feel we are on a great path and the Board completely understands and supports Ellen's desire to retire at this time.

As noted above, we have already been discussing Ellen's future retirement, and she (as is her way) has been helping us plan and prepare. We will now make this search for a new leader of VCS one of our main focuses— a Search Committee has been established, and a job posting will be out soon.

Please pray with us that God will bring the right person to lead VCS in the coming years as we seek to fulfil our Mission and Vision for Christian education in Vancouver.

Blessings,

The VCS Board

 

Published on by Ellen Freestone.