Governance, Board of Directors & Affiliations

Board of Directors

As a not-for-profit charitable society, River Valley School has a Board of Directors that oversees the governance of the organization. Their primary focus is long-term strategic work for the school, maintenance of our mission and vision as well as ensuring that we are operating in compliance with the legal requirements of a charitable society and a private school under the School Act. The Board and Head of School work together in these areas and the Head of School reports monthly on the operational components of River Valley School.

Learn more – board overview.

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The Board of Directors for the 2016 – 2017 school year are:

Jon Wrathall – Chair

Janay Ferguson – Vice Chair/Chair of Strategic Planning

Don Eckford – Secretary

Barb Fabris – Treasurer

Chester Krala

Bruce McCallum

Brett Undershute

A Message From Your Board Chair

River Valley School has accomplished a great deal over the last 5 years and I am honored to have been elected to Chair your Board of Directors. I am excited to contribute to the growth of such a strong organization with such a bright future.

Since the Board convened in September, we have been focused on three key priorities in the development of the school: clarifying strategy, strengthening governance and enhancing fund development. These priorities reflect the fundamental responsibilities of a governance board at a nonprofit organization, and their fulfillment will help ensure that River Valley School builds on its success to date and delivers outstanding education for years to come.

The board has made significant progress toward these priorities, building on the foundation from the previous board including a strong financial position, candidate school status with Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and our first capital campaign launched in conjunction with the expansion to the Early Learning Campus. The Board recently completed a 5-year strategic plan (which we will share more about in January), developed several key policies, and initiated a review of the society’s bylaws and the school’s existing policies. These are significant achievements, and I want to thank the board for their hard work to date, as well as the administrative team for their crucial support.

As a board largely made up of RVS parents, we recognize that these are challenging times. It is for that reason that we continue to work to insulate RVS from economic and political cycles to the greatest extent possible, and set the school up for long-term financial independence. The school has made great strides and the Board looks forward to continuing that important work.

As we advance into 2016, we look forward to many more developments, including welcoming Alberta Education this March to do another monitoring of our programs (they were last here in 2013 and have used some of our reports as models for other schools), progressing toward CAIS Accreditation in October 2017 and completing the accreditation of our Early Learning programs. In addition, we look ahead to opportunities that would allow us to consolidate into one campus, maintain robust enrolment, and further build on our financial strength.

The years ahead are full and our board is ready for the challenge. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you all for your continued support of your school.

Jon Wrathall
Board Chair

Accreditation & Affiliations

River Valley School is accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) for all of our Montessori programs which includes Casa, Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary. All of our programs in both the Montessori and Progressive program are accredited with Alberta Education.

In January 2014, the CCMA released a video to illustrate what accreditation by the Council means. It is available to view HERE on Vimeo.

River Valley School is a CAIS Candidate School .



The School also holds current affiliations with the International Montessori Council (IMC) and the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA).


River Valley School operates as a not-for-profit educational institution. It is governed by a parent Board of Directors with a strong community of educators, students and parents.

The independent Board of Directors was formed in 2003 and is governed by Private School Regulations under the Alberta School Act, the Societies Act and the River Valley School By-Laws.

To view the combined Three-Year Education Plan & Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as well as the Accountability Statement, please click HERE

To read the current Strategic Plan, please click HERE