External Advisory Board to the Dean

Dean Frank hosted the first meeting of the newly constituted External Advisory Board to the Dean on the evening of January 16, 2014 at Sage Bistro, on the UBC campus.

The Dean presented to the new members an overview of the Faculty of Education, and excellent presentations were made by: Anna Bin, Manager Faculty Relations and Appointments; Tracy Wyman, Project Director; Zoë Campbell, Acting Director, Development & Alumni Engagement; and Kristen Harvey, Manager, Alumni Engagement.


Members of the Advisory Board:

Dean Blye Frank

Dean Blye Frank, Chair

Dr. Frank was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia for a five-year term, effective April 1, 2011. He earned his PhD from Dalhousie University (1990), MEd (1981), BEd (1976) and BA (1975) from Acadia University. A scholar and advocate for social justice and equity with over four decades working in education, Dr. Frank is an experienced educator and administrator who brings a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and academic leadership.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Frank was Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Dr. Frank has an active research career and is a recognized expert in the field of gender studies with academic interests that include masculinity and the sociology of boys’ and men’s health.


Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell is the Superintendent/CEO with the Vancouver School District. As CEO, Steve has responsibility for over 8,000 employees working at 115 separate sites and an annual operating budget of about $580 M. He has supported teaching and learning since 1980, when he began his career teaching secondary science/biology in Kitimat. Steve was a school administrator in Richmond before joining the Delta School District, where he supported staff and students through several district roles starting as Science Coordinator in 1991 and concluding in 2009 as Superintendent. Steve combined his roles in Delta with secondments as a Faculty Associate and various sessional appointments at UBC (for six years) and at SFU. Steve holds a B.Sc. (Biology), Professional Teaching Certificate and a research-based M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction – all from UBC. In 2012, he completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership at SFU with a focus on student engagement in urban secondary schools.

Steve is currently Past President of the BC School Superintendents’ Association (BCSSA). He serves on the Provincial Service Delivery Review Project Steering Committee, is a partner group advisor to BCPSEA, the TRB and the Education Advisory Council (EAC), and is a member of the UBC Faculty of Education External Advisory Committee and the BCIT Technology Teacher Education Advisory Committee. Steve serves on the Exempt Staff Compensation Working Group with BCPSEA. He also serves on the Science World Board, BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), and the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC). Steve maintains a strong interest in building multi-­‐cultural connections and awareness on a global level and is a member of the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE). He has travelled in Europe, South Korea and China.

Steve is known for his valuing of ethical leadership and responsibility, building and fostering strong working relationships, leading with technology and demonstrating exemplary communication skills. Steve is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education at UBC and was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his long service to public education.


Thelma Sharp Cook

Thelma Sharp Cook

A professor emerita in the UBC Faculty of Education, Thelma Sharp Cook graduated from UBC’s first teaching class in secondary education in 1958. Shortly after the inception of NITEP, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program at UBC, she was appointed as the program’s second director in 1977, where she took an active role in fundraising for scholarships, awards, and bursaries for Aboriginal students.

Although retired, Thelma still maintains her connections with UBC. In addition to serving on Dean Blye Frank’s External Advisory Board for the Faculty of Education, she still takes classes (for credit) and volunteers at graduation. Her generous ongoing contributions to UBC include establishment of the Sharp Family NITEP Graduation Prize and the Thelma Sharp Cook Scholarship.


Dede DeRose

Dede DeRose

DeDe DeRose is Secwepempc and a member of the Esketemc First Nation near Williams Lake. She graduated from the Native Indian Teacher’s Education Program (NITEP) with a BEd degree in 1981; received a Diploma in Education in 1990; and completed the Ts”kel Master’s Program at UBC in1993. Since graduating her priority in schools, the district, and the province have been to advocate for improving Aboriginal student success.

Born in Williams Lake, the eldest of six children, she grew up on ranches in rural areas of the Chilcotin and Cariboo communities participating in 4-H and competing in rodeo. She attended small rural schools graduating from 100 Mile House. She taught for nine years in the Cariboo Chilcotin School District before taking a position as a principal in six elementary schools in the Kamloops/Thompson School District for 19 years.

During her career, DeRose has advocated for the inclusion of Aboriginal languages, cross curriculum inclusion of Aboriginal history and culture, and genuine involvement from parents, caregivers, and communities. She served as the first Aboriginal educator on the former BC College of Teachers for over eight years. DeRose has chaired and co-chaired the First Nations Education Council at UBC for 13 years. In 2005, DeRose was awarded the first Teacher Educator Award from the Association of BC Deans of Education for her “outstanding work in supporting and promoting teacher education at the school level.”

DeDe believes that for the Ministry of Education to listen to lobbying from the Aboriginal communities and agree that there needs to be a Superintendent of Achievement is both positive and proactive and she is honoured to act in that role.


Harpreet Dhillon

Harpreet Dhillon

Harpreet Dhillon is a grade six teacher at Surrey’s Cindrich Elementary School. She completed UBC’s Bachelor of Education program in 2000 and received additional training in art education. In 2013, Harp was named winner of the Faculty’s Alumni Teacher Award for her work in bringing social responsibility to her students and the greater student body of Cindrich. The Faculty presents this award to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its alumni, who as teachers, are making exceptional impacts in the lives of their students and learning communities. With a lead-by-example approach, Harp has inspired many students to get involved in activities to support their local communities and those around the world.

Harpreet established the WE team at Cindrich over four years ago and students now help communities in need both locally and around the world. She believes that children have much to offer as members of community. She strives to fulfill the philosophy of one her favourite quotes from Margaret Mead found on her classroom wall, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


Avis Glaze

Avis Glaze

Dr. Avis Glaze is one of Canada’s outstanding educators and a recognized international leader in education. From classroom teacher to superintendent of schools and director of education, this award-winning educator has experience at all levels of the school system. She was one of five Commissioners on Ontario’s Royal Commission on Learning. As Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, she played a pivotal role in improving student achievement in Ontario. Dr. Glaze served as Ontario’s Education Commissioner and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education. She was Professor in Residence in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is President of Edu-quest International Inc. offering a wide range of educational services and speaking engagements across the globe. Her most recent appointment was as Adviser to the Minister of Education in New Zealand on national standards. She also served as Adviser to the Minister of Education in New Zealand on national standards.

Avis continues to be the inveterate learner that she is, taking courses at every possible opportunity. She recently received designation as a Visible Learning Certified Trainer, in John Hattie’s work, offered through Corwin Press in Thousand Oaks, California.

Dr. Glaze is skilled at motivating, inspiring, and developing the skills of entire school staffs to realize their potential in improving their schools. The most recent book which she co-authored, is Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All (Glaze, Mattingley and Levin). A forthcoming book, High School Graduation: k-12 Strategies that Work, (Glaze, Mattingley and Andrews) identifies proven strategies to improve graduation rates for all students regardless of socio-economic or other social or demographic factors.


Wade Grant

Wade Grant

First elected to Musqueam Chief & Council in 2004, Wade Grant has been a Musqueam Councillor for the past eight years.

Wade is currently the Economic Development Coordinator for Musqueam First Nation. He was appointed to Vancouver Police Board in 2010. He is also a Board member on the Aboriginal Tourism BC Board, the Laurier Institute Board, the Canadian Blood Services National Blood Bank Board and is Co-Chair of the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project.

During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wade was Assistant General Manager of the Four Host Nations Aboriginal Pavilion. He has acted as a policy analyst for the BC Assembly of First Nations and as executive assistant to the Solicitor General of British Columbia. He holds a BA in Political Science from UBC and attended UBC Law School.

Wade, his wife Maureen and two children, Eli and Isla, live on the Musqueam Indian Reserve.


John Harrison

John Harrison

John began his teaching career in 1976 at Rosser Elementary School in Burnaby. Over the years he has worked as a head teacher, vice principal, and principal at various Burnaby schools. His teaching certification came from UBC following an undergraduate degree in sociology and political science.

In 1988 John obtained a master’s degree in administrative leadership from Simon Fraser University, leading to appointments at both UBC and Simon Fraser as a faculty associate.

Today, John is President of Inter-City Gas Ltd.


Gary Little

Gary Little

Born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, Gary Little received his education at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. where he earned his Masters of Education.

Throughout his 36-year career as an educator in the Vancouver public school system, Gary served in a variety of roles. These included teacher of English, counsellor, vice principal, principal, and ultimately Associate Superintendent of Schools where he was responsible for supervising 36 schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Since retirement from the Vancouver School District in 2010, Gary has continued to actively serve the education sector. He currently is a member of two Vancouver-based Boards, the YoBro Youth Initiative for at-risk youth in British Columbia as well as Dogwood 25, an educational body initiated by former Premier Mike Harcourt to support aboriginal learners throughout the province. In addition, he is Chair of the Sustainability Committee of Stratford Hall, a K to 12 continuum International Baccalaureate school, and a member of the Expansion Committee of Take-a-Hike, a partnership program for at-risk youth that combines intensive outdoor learning experiences with the standard provincial high school curriculum and one-to-one therapy.

In addition to this work, Gary is currently the Vice-Chair of the Regional Council of International Baccalaureate of the Americas based in Bethesda, Maryland. He serves I.B. in other areas as well, volunteering his time as a workshop leader, site visitor, consultant and writer.

Married and father of two adult children, Gary’s other interests include travel, playing ice hockey, writing, golf and song-writing and recording.


Steve Mulligan

Steve Mulligan

Steve began a career with the Canadian Air Force by completing a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. After flying as a Navigator for several years, he went back to school to study Theatre Arts at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. Here in Vancouver he completed his Bachelor of Education degree at University of British Columbia in 2000 and began teaching with the Vancouver School Board shortly thereafter. In 2006, he completed a Masters of Education degree, also from UBC, focusing on urban issues in education. He has taught everything from grade two to high school Math, and spent four years working as the VSB’s Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant. He currently teaches at Mount Pleasant Elementary School supporting all students with projects and initiatives focused on Literacy, Social-Emotional development and responsibility, as well as parent and community engagement.


Stephanie Parks

Stephanie Parks

Stephanie is a currently working towards a BEd in French Immersion – Elementary Education at UBC. She was raised in Prince Rupert, BC, and knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in education. After receiving a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Human Development and Counselling from Simon Fraser University, Stephanie relocated to Paris. In France, she completed a TEFL certificate and began working as an early learning ESL teacher. Her focal interests in education are in brain development in early childhood, second-language acquisition and child psychopathology.


Bob Quartermain

Bob Quartermain

Over his 35-year career in geology, exploration and development Dr. Quartermain established a solid track record in building shareholder value in the field of precious metals exploration and development. He was the president of Silver Standard Resources for 25 years building it from a fledgling exploration company to one of the largest in-ground silver resources held by a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of $2 billion.

After leaving his post with Silver Standard, Dr. Quartermain launched Pretium Resources Inc. with one of Canada’s largest IPOs in 2010 and is currently the President and CEO of the company. Pretium has 100% interest in the Snowfield and Brucejack Projects in northern British Columbia; combined they represent one of the largest underdeveloped gold resources in North America.

Dr. Quartermain holds Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in May 2009.

Recognizing the importance of education and recruitment in the field of geology, Dr. Quartermain supports his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) through philanthropic initiatives for the Quartermain Sports Medicine Centre, the Quartermain Center for Earth Sciences, and annual Robert Quartermain Geology Scholarships.


The Hon. Linda Reid

The Hon. Linda Reid

The Honourable Linda Reid, MLA has built her reputation in the BC Legislature on her professional background in education, management and community service. She was a key architect of the first electoral success of her party in the Province in 1991, and has been re-elected to represent Richmond East continuously since then. Linda is the longest-serving MLA in the current parliament, making bold and steadfast efforts to drive positive change for more than 20 years.

Elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in June 2013, Linda offers a balanced perspective across multiple portfolios from her experience both as a Member of Government and as an Opposition Member. In addition to her recent role as Deputy Speaker from 2009 – 2013, Linda was also the Minister responsible for Early Childhood Development and for Childcare from 2001 – 2009, the perfect marriage of her solid professional credentials to these critical areas of public policy. While in Opposition, she served as Caucus Chair and held numerous key Critic and Committee roles. In all of these capacities, Linda worked tirelessly to build a network of advisors outside of the political process so that the counsel and wisdom of the people she serves would guide her position in policy development.

Linda’s volunteer record in the community demonstrates a lifelong commitment to public service that informs her distinguished record in government. From her beginnings as a First Aid Cadet with St. John Ambulance and as leader of young women in the Guiding movement, through to her participation as BC Chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, as a Director of the Garden City Hospice Society, and as a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club, Linda has made a positive difference. In 2012, Linda won the Ethel Tibbits Award for Community in recognition of her leadership in Richmond, and was honoured with the inaugural award for Outstanding Leadership by the BC Youth Parliament, an organization that Linda has been passionately involved with since 1986.

Linda is also the recipient of three commemorative medals – the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. More recently, in July 2013, Linda was elected to be the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP).

Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond East with their children Olivia and Will.


Michel Tarko

Michel Tarko

Michel is the President & CEO of the JIBC. Dr. Tarko was previously Vice President, Academic at JIBC and prior to that, held the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Douglas College. He also served as the Project Manager for the development of the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing – Douglas College’s first baccalaureate degree independent of other post-secondary education partnerships. As Dean, he was actively engaged in building partnerships between post-secondary educational institutions inter-provincially related to graduate education in psychiatric nursing.

Michel serves on two Boards (European Psychiatric Nursing Advisory Board and the Neuman Systems Model of Nursing, VP, Executive Committee).

Michel has a PhD in Education and is a registered psychiatric nurse.