New Director of Operations Named at Willowstone Academy

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Willowstone Academy is pleased to announce that Lisa-Diane Fortier has joined their leadership team as the new Director of Operations, ushering in a new season of growth for the school.

Just when education is experiencing the most massive disruption in the last 100 years, Willowstone Academy is stepping up its focus on being change-ready with innovative teaching and learning for the 21st century. The appointment of a new Director of Operations to their dynamic multi-disciplinary leadership team is a key addition in this growth process.

Ms. Fortier comes to the community from the Greater Vancouver area where she worked for an economic think tank for over a decade.  During her tenure, she scaled the funding, programs and team to serve cities across Canada for the organization.

Two years ago she moved to Kelowna with her husband and daughter to prioritize spending more time together as a family.  She enjoys exploring all that the Okanagan has to offer, including biking along MIssion Creek or grabbing a coffee at Bright Jenny.

“Our new Director of Operations” describes Chief Learning Officer, Karine Veldhoen, “offers us strong expertise in team development, scaling systems, and organizational development.  Education benefits from diverse professional expertise; children benefit.  While, right now Lisa-Diane is focused on ensuring we are a COVID-friendly school; we know, over time, her leadership will make a rich contribution to our Learn Forward™ model school.”

Over the past 25 years, the school has served as a faith-based independent school.  Six years ago, it rebranded as Willowstone Academy to align with its heart to be inclusive and diverse.  Since then, it has experienced tremendous growth and now serves children ages 6 months to Grade 9 with year-round education and care programs.

The school’s Learn Forward™ philosophy champions the extraordinary potential that lives within every child.  It is a learning community where children and youth are seen and accepted.  From there, they explore their strengths, are encouraged to take risks, and step into personalized learning journeys with curiosity and creativity.