Mike Evans, President
Mike Evans came to Britannia as the Counselling Department Head in 1980. He previously was at Vancouver Tech and Point Grey. From 2002 until retiring in 2015 Mike was the Britannia Community Education Coordinator and developed programs that enhanced the lives of Britannia families. Mike’s passion is athletics and in his younger days he competed at the national level in track and field and provincially in rugby. Mike attended Washington State University on a track and field scholarship and still supports the Cougars!
Mike believes firmly in the power of sport as an agent for change! He has coached many sports and since 1987 he has coached the Britannia Senior girls basketball team, winning numerous city championships as well as the “AA” Provincial Championship in 2012 and 2020. Eighteen of his players have gone on to play at colleges and universities and on two occasions he has been named Provincial Coach of the Year. Mike is married to Pat, father of Kristin and proud grandfather to Olivia and Hugo.
Geoff Taylor – Vice President
Geoff Taylor grew up in Nelson, Sidney and Victoria, BC, and graduated from Victoria High in 1976. He attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Education. Father of three children, all of whom attended Vancouver public schools, Geoff has been a secondary school English, Social Studies and English as a Second Language educator since 1986: at Magee, Point Grey, and Prince of Wales.
As an administrator Geoff has enjoyed positions at Magee and David Thompson secondary schools: 2007-2012. The highlight of his career, Geoff was principal of Britannia Secondary from August 2012-December 2015. He moved on to be Principal of Lord Byng Secondary until 2020, and he’s currently Principal at King George Secondary in Vancouver’s West End.
Born and raised in Vancouver and attended Seymour Elementary and Britannia High School, under graduate class of ’72. Willy started working for McDonalds Restaurants while in high school and spent 21 years working his way up the management ranks and into head office with supervisory roles. In 1992 he had the opportunity to be a franchisee with McDonalds and spent the next 17 years owning & operating various restaurants in the lower mainland before hanging up his spatula in 2009.
In the past Willy has served on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House British Columbia and is currently part of their Charity Golf Tournament Committee. He has also served on the board of the Port Coquitlam BIA.
Willy is married with two adult children. A proud east ender he feels that the life skills that he learned at Britannia have served him well throughout his life and career and is looking forward to assisting the BSS in reaching its goals.
With an extensive background of more than 30 years in the advertising and design industry, this former Brit grad specializes in designing for the health food and nutraceutical industry, with years of experience and knowledge in advertising requirements and compliance with Health Canada regulations.
Starting out as a graphic designer, Amy was eventually promoted to art director for Quest Vitamins before being down-sized. No stranger to wearing many hats, she does what it takes to get the job done. From concept to finished product, she is results focused.
Her company, AJP Communications Inc., has designed many labels, logos and packaging for many product lines, point of purchase materials, ads, brochures, booklets, specialty advertising, web sites, for some of the leading health food manufacturers in BC.
She was actively involved with the 100th Britannia Centennial Reunion, serving on many committees, including the Executive committee, Fundraising, Book, Website, Souvenirs, etc. That’s in addition to creating the logo, cards, banners, programmes, bags and souvenirs. She has also designed the Britannia Support Society logo.
She also co-chaired the Host Committee for the 2012 BC Seniors Games in Burnaby in addition to volunteering for a few events.
In 2009, she and her husband decided, to purchase a corner lot and custom-build the house in which they currently live. She considers it to be the best built and insulated house on the block with a 40 amp charger in the garage for her car.
Amy is also a Choy Lee Fut kung fu practitioner for over 29 years and black belt level instructor. She has competed in and judged, at numerous local and international tournaments for many years. She has won seven black belt grand championships so far and is seeking her next one.
Karen Coflin – Secretary
Karen is a retired educator who worked for 29 years, 27 years with the VSB. She was the vice principal of Britannia Secondary School from 2013 to 2016. She has lived in Grandview Woodlands for 25 years and except for a few years at Prince of Wales and at Kitsilano her career has been in this community, working at Templeton as an art teacher and Van Tech as a VP.
She joined the board in 2014 when she realized how much support the alumni and friends of Britannia were giving to provide opportunities for Britannia students. Having many years experience on other Art gallery non-profit boards Karen had never experienced anything like the Britannia Support Society: loyal, generous caring and committed to the success of Britannia students.
Eddy Teranishi – Treasurer (Non executive position)
Eddy graduated from Britannia in 1968 and obtained his CGA accounting certification in 1978. He started his public practice firm in Richmond B.C. in 1979 where it operates today. He is married living in Delta , has 3 children, 4 grandchildren with one on the way in 2014.
Eddy believes that many of his characteristics, such as perseverance, self-motivation and leadership, were learned while attending Britannia. Having fond memories of his time at Britannia and the many friends (students and staff) that he developed, many of whom he keeps in touch with to date, he wanted to give back to the school.
Paul was born and raised in East Van and graduated from Britannia in 1980. He went on to study Survey Technology at BCIT, then working in engineering and construction for many years. In 1995, Paul established his consulting firm, Real Time Project Services, and has been fortunate enough to have worked across Canada and overseas. Recently, Paul served on the Board of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.
Paul is married with four children and is pleased to give back to Britannia Secondary by providing input to the Britannia Support Society.
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Michael Kwan was born in Vancouver and grew up in the Strathcona neighbourhood. He graduated from the IB program at Britannia Secondary in 2001 and went on to UBC to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biopsychology and his Bachelor of Education degree.
Michael has been a math and science teacher in the Vancouver school district for over 10 years and is currently the head teacher of the Mini School program at Prince of Wales Secondary. Michael has coached many high school volleyball teams in the district, which is a passion that he and his twin brother developed during their senior years at Britannia Secondary. Michael and his brother are also avid street style dancers specializing in popping and locking, and are members of the local dance crew, the Vancity Lockers.
Micheal joined the BSS board in 2017 in order to help provide Brit youth the opportunities they deserve.
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Jennifer Ju is an alumni of Britannia Secondary School. She grew up in the Chinatown/Strathcona area, which contributed to her passion for giving back to the Downtown Eastside community and citizens, specifically students.
Jen was an athlete who went on to play professionally in Germany after playing at the collegiate level at Santa Barbara City College as well as Thompson Rivers University and is currently an educator at the high school level. She hopes to continue supporting students in chasing their dreams through her involvement with the BSS.
Alec MacInnes is the principal of Britannia Secondary. He has been an administrator and teacher in nine different schools over the course of his career and in each school he has dedicated himself to doing what is appropriate and necessary for the staff and students. This is no less true for Britannia and that is why he sees his role as principal of the school to be a contributing member of the BSS board.
His wife is a physician, and his two talented and athletic daughters.
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