The MSR is governed by a volunteer board of directors elected by the general membership at the Annual General Meeting in November. All parents/guardians are members of the MSR by default, and are encouraged to actively participate in the democratic process by attending and voting at the Annual General Meeting.
The board is a governance board as opposed to an operational board, and is responsible for setting the long term Strategic Plan and Goals of the MSR. It sets long term policies, establishes the budget (including tuition fees), and offers guidance to and employs the Head of School. The Board has several committees to help it do its job, which include: Finance, Facilities, Marketing, Nominations, HR & Governance, Occupational Health and Safety, and Fundraising.
MSR’s Head of School is responsible for the operation of the school. The Head of School hires and supervises the staff, leads the development of curriculum, works with the board to set school policies and procedures, and handles the day-to-day administration and financial management of the school. The Head of School is accountable to the Board of Directors.
If you would like any of the monthly meeting minutes or other publicly available information, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair – Ian Cole
Ian has been a member of the MSR since 2013, and has been a member of the board for four years. Before moving to Regina he was a Process Improvement SME and PM working in Strategic Planning and Evolution with Telus on several large transformational projects. He has two children in the Elementary program and is currently a Project Coordinator with Drew Consulting Ltd.
Vice Chair – Devon Hack
Treasurer – Mewael Eyob
Mewael is a Principal with 4Sight Group Chartered Professional Accountants. He provides accounting and tax services to a range of industries including professional services, real estate and construction, hospitality, transportation, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations.
Throughout his career, he lived in Saskatchewan and worked for national and local accounting firms, not-for-profit organizations and governmental agencies. He is also passionate about volunteering and giving back to our community. He sits on the board of the Regina Open Door Society and North Central Family Centre.
Secretary – Joan Kwan
Joan joined the board of directors in 2020. She spent the last nine years in financial services developing and leading the creation of credit risk models at Farm Credit Canada. Joan has recently stepped away from her professional career to focus on her family as a result of the pandemic. From her professional career, Joan had a background in risk management, data science, and finance. Joan and her husband Robert have a daughter and a son who are currently part of the Montessori family.
Director – Courtney Balkwill
Courtney lives in Regina with her husband and two boys who attend the pre-primary and elementary program at Montessori. Courtney works as a Manager at SaskPower. She is nearing completion of her Master of Public Administration degree and has been on the MSR Board since October 2018.
Director – Ali Behforouz
Ali is a pediatrician and has been working in the RGH for 7 years, and is originally from Iran. He is married and has a 4.5-year old daughter, Rozita, who has been in MSR since October 2020.
Director – Nichole Bourgeois
Nichole lives in Regina with her husband and their two children. Both children attend Montessori in the pre-primary and lower elementary programs. She currently works in Procurement and also has extensive experience in the Human Resources field. Nichole has been a Board Member for the past 4 years.
Director – Joelynne Radbourne
My name is Joelynne Radbourne, and I am delighted to be apart of the board of directors at MSR. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta. I moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, with my husband, which is where we started a family, and I started my career in Nursing. My professional career started as a Registered Nurse, completing my undergraduate degree through the University of Saskatchewan in 2012. Since this time, I have completed my graduate degree in 2018 through the Unversity of Saskatchewan, becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I currently practice as a Nurse Practitioner in rural Saskatchewan, specializing in Women’s health and pediatric care.
I am consistently actively engaged in community events through fundraising efforts for various foundations throughout Saskatchewan. I am a proud member of numerous nursing professional associations and a jury member for Indspire, which provides support to indigenous students across Canada. As an MSR board member, I hope to provide support and guidance to the Montessori families, as we navigate the school year facing the uncertainties caused by the COVID pandemic. I believe in creating a supportive learning environment, allowing each child the opportunity to develop their strengths, interests, skills, and knowledge.