Judy Shirra, Board Chair
Judy Shirra was first elected to the Board of Education in 1993, then re-elected in 1999, 2008 and 2014. Mrs. Shirra became involved with public education in 1988 during the roundtable discussion "For Our Children" initiative. Having been actively involved in her children's pre-kindergarten education, it was a natural progression to become involved with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA now known as PAC) at Glen Elementary school. She soon became PAC Chair, an active member of DPAC, the Canadian Parents for French and the Block Parent Association.
She is the current Board Chair and has served as Board Vice Chair in the past. She has been the Board's representative on the former SFU Health Board, the French Liaison Committee, the Policy Review Committee, the Student Service Review Committee, BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), the Community Health Board and has chaired the Metro Branch Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Shirra has volunteered and supported many charitable initiatives. She has supported her community as a member of many organizations such as Chair of CISV International Peace Camp and founder of the "Noon Hour Games" program that she promoted nationally. She is committed to being an advocate for public education and is always available for the children and parents of the community.
Michael Thomas, Vice-Chair
Michael Thomas is a married father of three School District No.43 students and a lifelong Tri-City resident.
He is an active volunteer in Port Coquitlam and has been a volunteer throughout the Tri-City area for many years. He has served on the Port Coquitlam Municipal Standing Committees as well as working as a Director with PoCo Heritage since 2009, where he served as the Chair of several sub-committees.
Mr. Thomas is the founder and owner of Cloud Thomas Technology, specializing in Business IT Services with clients throughout Metro Vancouver.
He is committed to bringing the balanced perspective of a parent and community volunteer to the Board of Education and is a strong voice for our students.