Canning Vale College Board

The Canning Vale College Board establishes a vision for the college that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

Elected members include parents, staff, students and members of the community. 

David Goode

College Board Chairman
J,P, B.Bus (Acct & Man) Dip Fin Ser.
Councillor City of Gosnells

Elected Chair in 2016 after being invited to join the Board as the Councillor respresentative from City of Gosnells. I am proud to join the Board as I have a strong interest in education. In particular, two of my daughters spent time at Canning Vale College from its inception in 2004 and my wife is a former teacher. My goal is to assist in ensuring Canning Vale College has the best reputation possible and delivers outstanding education to all those who attend.

From a personal point of view, I am a self-employed business man who owns and operates his own finance broking business which helps people obtain loans for all types of purposes. This along with being a Justice of Pease sitting on the Courts of Traffic and Violence Restraining Orders and a City of Gosnells Councillor keeps me very busy. I have a strong interest in sports and was pleased to be part of the original committee that established Canning Vale Junior Football Club.

Paul Bottcher

Canning Vale College Principal

"I have over 37 years of experience in both public and private education, prioritising high quality public education three years into my teaching career. I was the inaugural Associate Principal at Byford Secondary College for 3 years, and prior to this the Deputy Principal at Safety Bay and Mirrabooka SHS for 7 years. I have extensive experience as a school administrator in the areas of senior schooling, vocational education, student services and school development, and more recently as a Principal of Hamilton Senior High School. My experience in a range of country and metropolitan schools including the Pilbara and Goldfields has seen me gain a wealth of experience. This has been in a variety of areas including Aboriginal education, culturally and linguistically diverse students and their communities as well as extensive Student Services experience.

I believe all students have the potential to become leaders, active citizens and positive contributors to 21st century society. I hold the belief that schools have the capacity to provide differentiated curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of all students, ensuring success for all. I believe in creating vibrant, successful secondary schools where every student matters and receives the help and support they require to achieve their lifelong goals, ensuring that a culture of success exists."

Deb Oorjitham

Canning Vale College Staff (Manager Corporate Services)

Manager of Corporate Services for the last three years, I have held numerous other positions at CVC since its inception in 2004. 

Jackie D'Sylva

Canning Vale College Staff

HASS Teacher and 2019 Year 10 Coordinator.

Joseph Carriera

Parent Representative

I am currently General Manager and Shareholder for Beaver Tree Services and Beaver Traffic Management. I have previously held management positions with DVG Group, Super Group, Fleet Lease.

I hold an MBA from UWA, Cert IV in O,H&S, Cert IV Training and have completed training as a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic and Arborist.

My son currently attends CVC and my daughter, who left in 2016 is now studying at university. 

Khushwinder Arak

Parent Representative

I am an electrical engineer with more than 20 years experience working in various countries. I am a member of Engineers Australia and have lived in Australia for over 10 years.

i have two children studying at CVC, currently in Year 8 and Year 11. I joined the school board to share my experiences and provide positive input.

Rajan Tamilalgan Natarajan

Parent Representative

I am an engineer with over 24 years of working experience. I consider education as a journey that should never stop. I completed my Bachelors Degree in Engineering in 1991 and completed a Masters Degree in 2005. I am currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Curtin University.

I became a parent representative as I am confident that I can understand the role of educators, parents and students. I currently have one child attending CVC.
  



Stacey Wood

Parent Representative

I am a primary school teacher at Excelsior Primary School, Canning Vale. I am heavily involved with the committees at work, and have been involved with the Canning Vale Cougars (Manager), Canning Vale Firebirds (Manager) and Ranford Junior Soccer Club.

I believe in Canning Vale College and the fantastic programs programs it offers. I appreciate the hard work of the staff, and my daughter thoroughly enjoys going to school at CVC. I am honoured to be on the College board. 



Carmel Macdonald

Parent Representative

I have two daughters, the eldest currently at Murdoch University studying a double degree in Journalism and Indonesian. My youngest has recently moved to CVC (having previously attended a private school). She loves coming to school and is currently completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Studies via workplace learning.

I have owned my own business in international freight and customs with my husband for the past 17 years.  

Graham Styles

Community Member (Industry)

I am a current Board member of the BHPBilliton Inclusion and Diversty Council and the President of the BHPBilliton Nickel West Social Club. I have built a wealth of experience in dealing with people on all levels and different nationalities and bring an ability to effectively communicate information and fresh ideas.

I have three daughters, with my eldest currently in Year 7 at CVC. 

Russell Lawrence

Community Member (Local Business)

General Manager of Willow Pond Reception Centre, a family owned venue in Canning Vale. I also run Budokan Academy, a martial Arts academy.  

Carey-Ann Brett

Community Member (Council Member)

In October 2017 I was elected as a City of Gosnells Councillor for a term of 4 years. I also currently practice as a solicitor, mainly focusing in the areas of commercial law and deceased estates and their administration. Prior to becoming a solicitor, I studied at Murdoch University, studying law and international studies and politics. Previous to that, I completed high school at Lumen Christi College.

I have lived in Thornlie all my life. I am passionate about what happens in our city, and in particular our youth. I am on the College board as I want to learn more about our youth in the city and what can be done to pave their path to a happy, fulfilled life. 

Murray Thorpe

Community Member (Local Business)

I commenced working in the Banking & Finance industry in 1979, holding roles of Senior Manager and State Insurance Development Manager prior to becoming self-employed as a Finance Broker in 1998 and starting a business called Sound Finance. In 2001 I sold the business and continued on with the Financial Planning side. I currently work from home, as a Financial Planner looking after a small book of clients.  

I was fortunate to attend Wesley College for nine years. Since then I have completed a Certificate in Business (Curtin University), Diploma in Finance Broking, Diploma in Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and have attained the designation of Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner FChFP. 

Personally, I am married and have two daughters (in their 20's & 30's). I am a member of the Gosnells Golf Club, Southern Districts Rotary Club and have held roles as President Vic Park Chamber of Commerce and State President of local Chambers. I love assisting where possible and see my position on the College board as another opportunity to assist my local community. 



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