Invermere Public Library Trustee
Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees in Ontario, where he began his teaching career. In 1998, Jim and Nancy moved their family to the Columbia Valley – a region in the Rocky Mountain Trench near the headwaters of the Columbia River. Before retiring in 2018, Jim balanced overlapping contracts as an educator and a training facilitator with the Rocky Mountain School District, College of the Rockies, WorkBC and Statistics Canada. Jim was also an elected public school trustee for three terms. During that time, he served on the education committee of the British Columbia School Trustee Association (BCSTA) – where he met Mike Gagel. Jim continues to encourage adults to take control of their learning and to reference their experiences during training sessions.
Jim is an active volunteer in Invermere; including administration roles with sports clubs and organizing charity golf tournaments. He enjoys reading historical fiction and novels written by Canadian authors. Jim is a rookie trustee on the Invermere Public Library Board and brings years of board governance experience to the table. He participated in a recent TOP session and liked the cooperative learning approach. Jim thrives on change and new challenges, so he enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to join the BCLTA TOP Facilitation Team.