New CAO

With Don Rose’s departure from his position as Chief Administrative Officer at the end of July, concluding twenty-seven years of dedicated service, we are pleased to introduce Amy Sandiford as the incoming CAO of Great Lakes Christian College (High School and Preschool), effective August 1, 2024. Amy is an Alumnus of Great Lakes Christian High School (2000) and has taught science, math, and nutrition with us for the past 19 years. Since 2017, she has used her gifts of organization and strategic planning as a member of our academic leadership team as Head of Guidance. As treasurer for the Beamsville church of Christ, Amy has developed her skills in nonprofit finance and governance. She also leads the Science Teachers’ Peer Support Network through the Edvance Christian Schools Association, which has strengthened GLCHS’ connection to other Christian schools across Ontario.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph (2004), which included the publication of her honours project in the British Journal of Nutrition. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Brock University (2005) and has since taken five Additional Qualification courses including Specialists in both Science Education and Guidance & Careers Education.

Amy and her husband Adam are long-standing GLCC corporation members and supporters. They are active members of the Beamsville church of Christ where Adam serves as the Worship and Administrative Minister. Their daughter attended Great Lakes Christian Preschool and looks forward to attending Great Lakes Christian High School. The Sandifords are engaged in the local Beamsville community. They support and value the work of other local non-profit organizations including Community Care of West Niagara, the Lincoln Pelham Public Library, and Gillian’s Place.

Amy writes:

When the CAO job was first announced my initial prayer was:

“God, please move in the heart of the best person for this job. Bring them forward and prepare them. Even if it’s me. Even if it’s not me. I don’t know which of those is harder for me to consider.”

“Even if it’s me. Even if it’s not me,” has been my constant prayer for the past four months. In dozens of ways, I’ve heard back unwaveringly, “It’s you.” I am a details person and every detail I brought before God was answered clearly, specifically, and immediately. Inasmuch as I am able, I have submitted this choice to God’s will. It is me. I trust that He has brought me forward. I trust that He will prepare me to lead GLCC’s next steps.

Please join us in welcoming Amy to the CAO role as well as praying for wisdom as she leads the continued ministry of Great Lakes Christian High School and Preschool. Best wishes can be extended to Amy at: amy.sandiford@glchs.ca

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