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Like all UWCs, Pearson College is committed to a mission that was far ahead of its time, and yet is more pertinent today than ever—an educational force designed “to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

Perhaps due to its slightly, off-the-main road location in Metchosin, there is a misconception that Pearson College UWC is an elite private school for international students. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.

If you have lived in the West Shore long enough, you probably already know that Sooke School District #62 is one of the fastest-growing and most progressive school districts in B.C. It currently has over 11,000 students in a district that extends all the way up to Port Renfrew.

For committed people like Ravi Parmar, School Board Chair, and one of 7 trustees for Sooke School District #62, its oversight is a huge responsibility—far bigger than most people realize.

“As trustees, as elected politicians, we are responsible for a lot,” says Parmar. “The budget for the entire province is a record $2.7 billion this year. It will be used for capital investments for new schools, expansions, seismic upgrades and land purchases for future schools. Our operating budget is $150M for a staff of 1,600 people.”

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