About

Fostering excellence in Christian elementary and secondary schools.

For everyone involved in Christian education — whether principals and school administrators, teachers or board members — there’s a mutual desire to articulate, build, and reinforce the strength, goodness, and contribution of Christian schools. Leaders in Christian education desire to be part of a larger community of inspirational principals, professional educators, high-performing boards, and achieving schools where mutual support and encouragement can be found, and opportunities for collaboration and encounter with best practices are the norm.

In the fall of 2015, the boards of three former associations — the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, Edifide, and the Ontario Christian School Administrators Association — got together. The histories and achievements of the organizations were recognized, as were the silos and areas of overlap. The members of these three organizations voted to dissolve and a new education leadership organization would be formed.

Edvance, the new industry association for Christian education, is the result. It is founded on the strong legacies of these three associations and is oriented to serving the issues common to all schools in the Christian education sector.

Our mission

Our mission is to foster excellence in Christian elementary and secondary schools. And we believe that excellence in education depends on excellence in leadership. That’s why we aim to accomplish this mission by developing the courage, competence, and character of Christian school leaders. We'll be supporting robust visions for Christian learning and citizenship and we'll advance the issues common to independent Christian schools. It’s our goal to know our school leaders by name, to understand the unique culture of each individual school, and to provide advice, coaching — and even just a listening ear — whenever needed.


Leadership Cohort Mentors

Ray Hendriks

Ray Hendriks

Seaway Valley

seawayvalley@edvance.ca

Paul Marcus

Paul Marcus

Durham

durham@edvance.ca

George Petrusma

George Petrusma

Toronto

toronto@edvance.ca

Marianne VanGoor

Marianne VanGoor

Lower Grand

lowergrand@edvance.ca

Tim Bentum

Tim Bentum

Bluewater

bluewater@edvance.ca

John De Boer

John De Boer

High School

highschools@edvance.ca

John Van Pelt

John Van Pelt

Upper Grand

uppergrand@edvance.ca


Edvance Board

Al Bakker

Al Bakker

Board Member

Lisa Conlin

Lisa Conlin

Chair

Anneke Gretton

Anneke Gretton

Treasurer/Secretary

Beth Kapteyn

Beth Kapteyn

Board Member

Jeff Kennedy

Jeff Kennedy

Board Member

Bill van Staalduinen

Bill van Staalduinen

Board Member

Ken VanMinnen

Ken VanMinnen

Board Member