St. John’s Academy Shawnigan Lake cares about our students and have put together a team of professionals who are committed to caring for the students as people above all else. This team works alongside our academics and other departments to ensure students have the best chance at success.

The Student Services Department at SJA has doubled in size this year, and our team is excited to be working together to ensure the health and well-being of all students at the school.

As the Director of Student Services, I am committed to supporting students in feeling safe, connected, and having a sense of purpose and belonging at the school.


Burkie Burgess, B.Ed

Director of Students Services

Serena Myrholm

School Guidance Counsellor

Serena works with all our students to ensure they have the resources they need to thrive at school. Key priorities for her are the social-emotional wellbeing of students, as well as working spefically with senior students to develop individualized career and post-secondary goals.

Heather Colaco, RN

School Nurse

Heather is helping to build health protocols that will serve to streamline the process, allowing for easier, more efficient access to medical care for all students (boarding and local) when needed. Students already feel comfortable going to Nurse Heather, which speaks to both her expertise and ability to build connections with kids.

Leah Churchill

Student Services Assistant and School Registrar

Leah serves as Student Services Assistant and School Registrar. Without her support, our team would not function efficiently. She has worked tirelessly to learn, organize, and update all of the various data reporting programs used at the school, such as Managebac, MyEd, and OpenApply. She is also responsible for reporting to the BC Ministry and arranging bus transportation.


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