DLS Board

Deer Lake School is proud of the hardworking and committed people who make up the School Board. This board of governance, comprised of more than 30 dedicated individuals, meets monthly to receive reports, approve budgets and implement the vision of the school.  Board members represent the 13 constituent churches that support the school, and many are parents of Deer Lake School students.
Keren Cruz-Guerrero serves as the School Board chairperson. She is an administrative professional and a previous alumna of Deer Lake School. Her young son Diego is an elementary student at DLS.  Pastor Normand Cote is the vice-chairman of the board, and the pastor of Cornerstone Adventist Church in Coquitlam. He has two daughters, Rachel, who graduated from DLS last year, and Gabrielle, who is in high school presently.
In April 2018 the School Board approved an exciting new Strategic Plan addressing the next three years of growth at Deer Lake School.  The six strategic goal areas include a focus on:

  • Student Life and Development
  • Management
  • Finances
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Special Projects

For the past 25 years Deer Lake School has been faithfully served by the leadership of Ms. Caren Erickson. Joining the school as the kindergarten teacher in 1994, Ms. Erickson soon became vice principal, and for the past 17 years has been the principal of DLS.  We are so proud that she has been the longest serving principal in the school’s 54-year history.

But the winds of change are blowing for Ms. Erickson! She has made the decision to move to Kelowna this summer of 2019, to begin a new chapter in her life. Anyone who spends time chatting with Ms. Erickson knows how much she cares for her family, and in moving to Kelowna she will be living closer to all of them, and managing a large family business based in Kelowna and Calgary.

The school board, in collaboration with the BC Conference of Adventist education, is now actively seeking applications for a new school principal for our K-12 school.