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German after-school language program

VWGS Directors 2017-2018

President


Meike Wernicke


Meike joined the VWGS Board in 2013. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia with a background as language instructor of German and French, and more recently as teacher educator in the Faculty of Education at UBC. During her time on the board, Meike has chaired a subcommittee to develop a strategic plan for the VWGS which sets out principal objectives and a general vision for the German school community.

Vice President


Tracey Dye


Tracey Dye joined the Vancouver Westside German School Board in 2015 as Secretary, and is now serving as the Vice President.

Treasurer


Werner Antweiler


Werner joined the board in 2013 and has advised on a number of issues related to finances and budgeting. He participated on a VWGS subcommittee to develop a strategic plan for the school. Professionally, Werner is an Associate Professor at UBC's Sauder School of Business, where he teaches international business management and environmental management. He also has a background in Information Technology, and since 2005 he has been the treasurer of the strata corporation for the townhouse complex where he and his family lives at UBC.

Secretary


Patricia Tait


Patricia Tait joined the Vancouver Westside German School Board in 2015 as part of the Event Management / Marketing Committee, and is now serving as the Secretary. At the University of Leipzig, Patricia studied Linguistics, French and German as a Foreign Language and she also holds a BA in Tourism & Travel Management from a Hotel Management School in Leipzig, Germany. This led her to Vancouver and four years in the tourism and hospitality industry while she worked at Vancouver's top-rated hotels.
In 2008, Patricia transitioned into the Association Management industry. From her role as Account Manager at a Vancouver based Association Management Company, she has a thorough understanding of the non-for-profit, convention and recreation cycle. Her professional experience include the understanding of board structures, governance, event & conference planning, budgeting, marketing, strategic planning and communications.

Member At Large


Oliver Wolf


Oliver Wolf joined the Vancouver Westside German School Board in 2017 as Member at large.

School Management

Principal


Lidija Bakovic


Lidija Bakovic comes to the Vancouver Westside German School with an impressive mix of relevant academic, practical teaching and school administration experience, gained in both Canada and Germany. She holds a master's degree in German as Foreign Language from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a master's degree in German Literature from the University of Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, supplemented by further studies in related fields at the University of Munich, Germany, and the University Montreal, Quebec.

Exam Coordinator


Ute Steves


Ute Steves started teaching at the Vancouver Westside German School in 2013 after having spent 25 years teaching English and German at various private and public institutions in Germany and Canada. In spring 2015, she got her certification as exam chairperson for the German Language Diploma and has since been in charge of the exam coordination at the VWGS. She also advises the principal on curriculum development and class composition. Please contact Ute with any exam related questions.

Administrator


Kirsten Friedrichs


Kirsten Friedrichs was hired by the Vancouver Westside German School in Summer 2014. Responsible for the administration she is supporting the principal, board members and staff in varies functions. After enjoying Berlin for more than 25 years Kirsten moved to Vancouver in 2013 together with her husband. They founded the company ADEPT24 Business Solutions as a consulting company that supports foreign businesses entering the Canadian and US market with traditional high quality products.