Trustees

Ravi Parmar

Ravi Parmar, Chair

  • Chair, School Board Office Renewal Committee
  • Chair, Personnel Committee

Ravi Parmar was born in Victoria and raised in Langford. A proud SD62 grad who attended Millstream Elementary Spencer Middle School and graduated from the “old” Belmont Secondary School in 2012. It was at Belmont as a student activist he led a massive movement through a petition and a student walkout to convince the Provincial Government to replace the old Belmont Secondary with two new high schools. After graduation, he began attending the University of Victoria, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration.

Ravi was first elected as a School Trustee to the Sooke School District in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2022. He has served as the Board Chair since 2017, the youngest to do so in provincial history. He is proud to be a member of the Board of Education and through his perspectives as a recent consumer of the public education system has helped embed student voice and choice in Board decision making. In addition, he has been a staunch advocate for building new schools, under his record as Board Chair, there has been over 225M in capital investments made by the provincial government to purchase land, expand and build new schools. Outside of his role as Board Chair and a School Trustee, Ravi serves as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Government of British Columbia.

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Amanda Dowhy, Vice Chair

  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • Chair, Governance Committee
  • Board Liason, Edward Milne Community School Society
  • Member, Resource Committee

Amanda Dowhy is long time Sooke resident, avid community volunteer, and an Edward Milne Community School graduate. She has a background in Hospitality, Business Administration, and Accounting rounded out with nearly a decade as an engaged parent volunteer at the school PAC, District PAC, and Provincial PAC levels. She was elected during her first campaign to serve on the Sooke School District Board in 2022.

Amanda lives in the Saseenos area of Sooke on a small farm with her husband, two children, and a variety of pets and livestock. She has actively been involved in the community for more than 20 years with a number of organizations including Sooke Sea Cadets, Sooke Harbourside Lions, Sooke Rotary, Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, and more. She is incredibly grateful to her family, friends, and colleagues who have supported and encouraged her to serve on the Board of Education for SD62.  

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Cendra Beaton

  • BC Public School Employers Association Representative
  • Board Liaison, Healthy Schools, Healthy People Roundtable
  • Board Alternative Liaison, Victoria Family Court Youth Justice Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee

Cendra is currently serving in her first term as Trustee. She speaks fluently in both French and English. Cendra has two children that she is raising in SD62 and they are a proud military family. She has served as the President of both SPEAC and the CPF Sooke Chapter in SD62 as a passionate parent education advocate for a long time. Cendra believes strongly in building strong relationships and communications with internal and external partners, staff and students, and our community.

Twitter: @TrusteeBeaton
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Russ Chipps

  • Board Liaison, Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education Council
  • Member, Education-Policy Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Member, School Board Office Renewal Committee
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Ebony Logins

  • BC School Trustees Association Representative (Alternate)
  • Chair, Resource Committee
  • Board Alternative Liaison, Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education Council
  • Member, School Board Office Renewal Committee

Ebony Logins was elected to the Board of Education in 2022. She was previously elected to the District of Sooke Council in 2014 and again in 2018. In 2009, she earned a degree in Tourism and Recreation Management from Vancouver Island University. She worked for SD62 as a Community School Coordinator and Athletic Director, and returned to school to obtain a post-degree diploma in Business: Human Resources and Leadership from Camosun College in 2020.

Ebony was raised in a renovated school bus in the Sooke hills and is a graduate of Edward Milne Community School. She is an advocate for physical literacy and inclusivity. As a life-long volunteer, Ebony has dedicated over 20 years to sport and youth engagement. She sits on the local committee for Special Olympics BC-Victoria. 

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Trudy Spiller

  • BC Public School Employers Association Representative (Alternate)
  • Board Liaison, Victoria Family Court Youth Justice Committee
  • Board Alternative Liaison, Healthy Schools, Healthy People Roundtable
  • Member, Governance Committee
  • Member, Resource Committee

Trudy is from the Wolf Clan in Northern BC of the Gitxsan Nation. Her traditional name is Lugaganowais, meaning a frog that is always giving. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Trudy spent her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the province until her retirement in 2016. During her tenure as an LPN, Trudy held several union executive positions including Chair of the HEU First Nation Standing Committee and as a member of the CUPE National Aboriginal Council. 

In 2011, Trudy became a Role Model for our Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education Department sharing knowledge and teachings about traditional medicine, food and dress. She was encouraged by many teachers in the district to consider writing a book. In 2017, Trudy completed "Trudy's Rock Story," and in 2019, it was published for younger audiences as "Trudy's Healing Stone." 

Trudy is an active member of her community, serving in many capacities as she advocates for a strong, healthy community where families will grow and flourish.

Twitter: @spiller_trudy

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Allison Watson

  • BC School Trustees Association Representative
  • Chair, Education-Policy Committee
  • Member, Governance Committee
  • Board Alternative Liaison, Edward Milne Community School Society

Allison Watson (she/her) is a lifelong resident on the traditional territory of T’Sou-ke Nation where she is now raising her two children.  She has a Major in Indigenous Studies from the University of Vancouver Island and a background in employment services and co-operative education.

Allison was first elected in the SD62 Milnes Landing zone in 2018. She served as the district’s chair of the Education Policy committee and the chair of the BC School Trustees Association’s Climate Change Working Group.

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