Our Board of Directors - Choice School

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:

Jonathan Weisman, Chair

Jonathan’s son is a recent addition to Choice’s student body, and Choice has quickly impressed them both.  Jonathan practices law with Dolden Wallace Folick LLP in Vancouver and has long been committed to community volunteering.  He joins Choice’s board after chairing the boards of two other organizations and while continuing to serve as Director and Secretary to the Canadian Club of Vancouver and the Dunbar Community Centre Association.  He has also coached little league and helps lead his son’s Beaver Scout colony.  Jonathan hopes to make a positive contribution to the Board’s work, and, through that, to the valuable role Choice plays in its students’ lives.

Erin O'Halloran, Vice-Chair

Erin’s son is an active first-grader at Choice. Erin earned her BSc in Kinesiology & Biology from Wilfred Laurier University and her Master’s in Business with a specialization in management consulting from Royal Roads University. Erin’s professional career spans 20+ years

Shora Niaboli-Tulumello, Secretary

In her journey navigating through the education system and researching various programs, Shora found Choice School. Here, she has a community that supports her children, their unique needs, personalities, and helps empower them.

Shora holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as a Master in Health Studies. She is a community clinical instructor in the Dental Hygiene Degree Program at the University of British Columbia. She comes to the Board with experience from Committees for two non-profit organizations in oral health with mandates to promote research and advocacy. Shora hopes to lend her voice and experience to help the Board support the interests and needs of Choice School students and parents.

Allan Lee, Treasurer

Allan’s son joined Choice School in 2020 and has thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. Allan is a management consultant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, who has worked for a major international financial institution for nearly 18 years. He also serves on the board of directors of a charitable foundation. Allan has taken up keen interest in crafting and providing a customized learning experience for his son at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, and is encouraged when he found Choice School with the alignment of its vision and philosophy to education.

Jason Beaven, Director

Jason served on Choice School’s Parent Association Committee Chair from 2016-2018 and has served on the Choice School Board of Directors since 2018. He currently works as a Facilities Engineering Specialist, and has a background in facilities management and maintenance. This expertise has been a valuable contribution to the school. He brings a balanced voice and strong commitment to the well-being of the students, staff, and parents of Choice School.

Maureen McDermid, Director

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.

Tracee Bonnici, PAC Chair

Tracee is a parent of a happy first-grader at Choice. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UBC, and a Master of Business from Stanford Business School. In the past 17 years, Tracee has held technical leadership roles in companies, building video games, mobile apps, IoT, and e-commerce businesses. This is Tracee’s second stint in PAC participation; she is passionate in working to bring the parent community closer together.