Our Board of Directors


The Choice School for Gifted Children Society is a non-profit organization charged with the operation of Choice School for the Gifted and Exceptional. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are as follows:

Jason Beaven

Jason Beaven – PAC Representative

Jason is the father of a student who began attending Choice in 2014. After the first year of seeing the positive difference that the school had made for his son’s academic enjoyment and success, Jason wanted to contribute and become more involved in the wonderful community of staff and parents at Choice. As of 2016, Jason volunteered to chair the Choice School PAC. He hopes to help maintain the high level of involvement and enthusiasm that the PAC is known for.

Steve Bodnar

Stephen Bodnar CPA CGA

Stephen is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 25+ years of finance and operational experience and currently holds the position of Vice President, Finance and Operations with Glacier Media. Stephen and his wife Diane are very proud parents of two amazing boys, Trevor and Davis. Trevor has been at Choice since 2012. Stephen believes in being an active participant in all aspects of his children’s education and interests and is thrilled to be able to be a part of a team dedicated to ensuring Choice School is the best it can be.

Phil Gray

Philip Gray – Chair

Phil Gray joined the Board of Directors in December of 2014. Phil is originally from the UK and came to Canada in 1988. Prior to coming to Canada, Phil and his wife Ann lived and worked in the UK, Middle East, Far East and the US. After a successful career in high-tech business management, he retired in 2011. Phil and Ann live in Tsawwassen and have two daughters and five grandchildren. Phil enjoys travelling, hiking, cycling, competing in at least one Gran Fondo per year, and being a grandparent. Their eldest grandchild is a student at Choice.

Maureen McDermid

Maureen McDermid – Secretary

Maureen’s career in education has spanned elementary, secondary and post-secondary teaching. While with SD38, Richmond, she also worked on District Staff in support of gifted learners. She currently works as an education consultant focusing on curriculum designed for critical thinking, makes presentations and provides in-service on programming for gifted learners, curriculum planning, literacy, social studies and critical thinking. Maureen lives in Richmond with her husband Gary, where they successfully parented gifted twin boys and now have 5 grandchildren, the 2 oldest also assessed as gifted. The experience gained viewing giftedness through the 2 lenses, parent and educator, has helped her support parents and build understanding with teachers about the challenges and rewards of working with gifted individuals.

Virginia Richards

Virginia Richards

Virginia Richards is a family lawyer practicing in the downtown core of Vancouver at the law firm of Henderson Heinrichs LLP. Prior to her call to the bar, Virginia worked at WorkSafeBC in the Review and Investigations Divisions. Virginia currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Rowing Club, and she volunteers at legal clinics for Access Pro Bono. Virginia is enthusiastic about supporting gifted education and she looks forward to contributing to the work of the Choice School Board of Directors and Governance Committee.

Kristina Sachs-Barrable

Kristina Sachs-Barrable

Kristina holds a PhD in Biochemistry/Biophysics and a Master’s of Science. For more than 12 years she conducted research, taught and supervised graduate students at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. Kristina has a passion for bridging the gaps between scientific evidence and the implementation of research findings and started her consulting business.

Over the past years she has focused on areas like raising children with asynchronous development and providing children with the right learning environment that best suit their needs from a parent and a scientist perspective. Kristina and her husband Bill have two children, one of whom attends Choice school..