FISA wishes Dr. Peter Froese all the best as he bids adieu to BC to take an international leadership position. Please read the following letter from Peter for more information.
Dear friends and colleagues,
Many of you will be surprised to learn that I informed the FISA Board of Directors in November 2017 of my intention to retire in December 2018. My wife and I wanted to spend more time with our grandchildren who are now two and four years of age. A bit of travel and more time at the cabin were also beckoning. Therefore, the FISA Board of Directors struck a search committee and I am pleased to throw my support behind Shawn Chisholm, the next executive director of FISA BC, who will begin his work on July 1, 2018. It was my intention to work with Shawn for several months, but those plans have changed because of recent circumstances.
While I did not pursue further employment, there were numerous offers that were presented to me, one of which I have accepted. I guess retirement was not ready for me yet! I have accepted a two-year appointment as Superintendent of Maple Leaf Educational Systems in China. There are 11 BC certified offshore schools operated by Maple Leaf Educational Systems with a total enrolment of 8,000 students pursuing a BC Dogwood Diploma. The position begins on August 15th, requiring me to leave FISA on August 1, 2018, which is earlier than planned.
It has been my joy and privilege to advocate on behalf of independent schools in BC during the past eight years. FISA has a great relationship with government and our educational partners, and I expect that these positive relationships will continue under Shawn’s leadership. Thank-you for the support you have given to me and continue to give. Your commitment to educational excellence is very much appreciated by so many families in British Columbia who value the importance of choice in education.