About Us


Beginning in 2004, a group of retired teachers and administrators launched a project to preserve the history and legacy of the Vancouver School District.

This project was managed, and continues to be managed, by a steering committee comprised of retired teachers and school administrators. The committee operates under the authority and guidance of Vancouver School Board.

Initially, the goal was to establish a ‘heritage centre’ that would be open to the public. Visitors would be able to view historical photos, documents, and artifacts to learn about the history and accomplishments of public education in Vancouver.

Such a centre has yet to be realized. Instead, efforts have focused on the following:

  • creation of a District Archives located at the Vancouver School Board Education Centre (access is limited).
  • creation of a digital Archives featuring photos held in the District Archives (access is limited).
  • encouragement and support to schools seeking to create their own Archives.
  • creation of a website dedicated to celebrating the history and heritage of the Vancouver School District


VBE Archives and Heritage Committee

Current Members:

  • Carol Gordon
  • Derek Grant
  • Rob Moore
  • Rebecca Thomas
  • Chris Zak


Past Members

  • Rob Best
  • Tom Brunker
  • Kate Cassidy
  • Ruth Downs
  • Dr. Len Drugge (past Chair)
  • Grace Eadie
  • Neil Horne
  • John Minichiello (past Chair)
  • Noreen Morris
  • Phil Moir
  • Al Patterson
  • Sheila Pither
  • Neil Stuart
  • Lou Rosse
  • Karen Till
  • Adele Tremblay
  • Duane Woodside
  • Betty Yeung
  • Barbara Walker
  • Penny Tong
  • Janet von Siemens
  • Bev Seed
  • Gina Kolson

A special thank you to Eirian Vining, a Graduate Student in Library Science at the University of British Columbia who designed this website, and Donna Wong, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent – Vancouver School Board, who has provided continuing support and assistance to our Committee for many years.