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German after-school language program

VWGS Directors 2019-2020

President


Tracey Dye


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

Vice President


Uwe Gesierich


Uwe Gesierich joined the Vancouver Westside German School Board in 2018 and took over the role as Vice President in 2019.

Treasurer


Alicia Williams


Alicia Williams, Treasurer, is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a lawyer. She currently works for Charitable Impact, a hybrid not-for-profit and for profit organization, as its Controller. She has been the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company and served on the Board of a non-profit youth ballet as its Treasurer.

Secretary


Steven Seewald


Mr. Steven Seewald, AScT, PTech, EP, CRSP, Eng.L. has been consulting in the field of environmental engineering and occupational hygiene for approximately 20 years. Mr. Seewald is the president of ALARA Environmental Health and Safety Ltd. is on the Board of Directors of various other related companies. Mr. Seewald is registered with the Applied Science Technologists and Technician of BC as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and a Professional Technologist (PTech), with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), with the ECO Canada as and Environmental Professional (EP) and additionally with the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC as an Engineering Licensee (Eng.L.). He also holds associate memberships with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Mr. Seewald is recognized as a Qualified Professional (QP) by the City of Vancouver, a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) by the BC Ministry of Environment and a Qualified Person (QP) by WorkSafeBC.

Member At Large


Anja Slusarzick-Seibt


Anja joined the Vancouver Westside German School Board in 2018 and now serves as member at large. At the Technical University of Berlin, she studied Architecture, and holds a Master degree in this field. Anja is a registered Architect AIBC and a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. She serves as a Board Member at Large at L'Ecole Bilingue Kindercare Society as well.

Member At Large


Claudia Baerwolff


Claudia joined the VWGS Board in 2019 as member at large. Born and raised in Düsseldorf, she spent a few years in Munich before moving to Vancouver in 2004. Claudia holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Germany and an MBA from Simon Fraser University. Throughout her professional career in the engineering and construction industry, she had the opportunity to work in North and South America, Australia and of course, Germany. As an advocate for quality childcare, educational learning and play, Claudia also serves on the board of the Vancouver Society of Children's Centres. On the weekends, Claudia and her family enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time skiing and cycling in Whistler.

School Management

Principal


Ute Steves


Ute Steves has worked with the Vancouver Westside German School for the past seven years as teacher and Exam Coordinator. She has 25 years+ DaF, DaZ and ESL teaching experience gained in both Canada and Germany, including Examiner Certification for the German Language Diploma, International Teacher and Teacher Trainer Certificate ESL and a Canadian TESL and IELTS certification. She currently also works with immigrants and refugees teaching them English and volunteers her time as treasurer on the BCCTG Board.

Administrator


Susanne Freitag


Susanne joined Vancouver Westside German School in the Summer of 2018. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science and Social Studies (MEd) and a Master of Arts in Sociology. Before moving to Vancouver, Susanne worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Münster, Germany. Her research spans the social and educational sciences and she remains affiliated with her research group in Germany. At VWGS she supports the principal, board members and staff in various functions.