Furthering Montessori Expertise
The Vancouver Island Montessori Association (VIMA) was founded in June 2002 by a group of Montessori educators for the purpose of sharing information, promoting the Montessori philosophy, and coordinating professional development on Vancouver Island. There are meetings every few months including an Annual General meeting.
VIMA is also very active in providing professional development as well as parent workshops. We have a strong history going back 10 years.
Past Professional Development Opportunities
2015 November- Beyond Phonetic Reading: Joyful Reading -“Stressless” Spelling & Montessori Meets Adler: A Great Fit for Montessori classroom with Carol Scarratt at Maria Montessori Academy
2015 April – A Self Managing Community For All Children with Patricia Oriti at Discover Montessori
2014 Nov. – Autism: A Montessori Approach with Michelle Lane at Selkirk Montessori
2014 April – Inclusion and Peace in the Montessori Classroom with Donna Goertz at West-Mont School.
2014 Jan. – The Science Behind the Sensorial Materials with Irma Rodriguez at Trillium Montessori School
2013 Nov. – Sensorial Materials with Irma Rodriguez at Selkirk School
2013 April – Stephen Hughes Key note speaker: 2 day Conference at Maria Montessori Academy
2012 Oct. – Talking Montessori with Trevor Eissler at Selkirk Montessori School
2012 May – Fostering a Musical Foundation with Jennie Stevens at Maria Montessori School
2011 Nov. – Storyoga with Vanessa Braun at Selkirk Montessori School
2011 April – Nature Workshop: Preparing and Leading a Fieldtrip with Gillian Cooper at West-Mont School
2011 May – VIMA outreach at the Making Tomorrow Conference held at University of Victoria. What Would Maria Do? And Playful Activities with Debbie Gillespie. Come Play the Montessori Way with Alison Brown and Helane Ellis
2010 Nov. – Math Workshop with Dorothy Jones at St. Christopher’s Montessori School
2010 Nov. – Montessori Outreach with Penny Barner and West-Mont staff at the University of Victoria Faculty of Education
2007 – Peace with Betsy Coe at Maria Montessori Academy
2007 – Materials to Support The Montessori Phonics Program with Randall Klein
2006 – Montessori Music Workshop with Frank Leto
2005 April – Montessori Conference at Selkirk School
2003 – Movement of Music with Sandra Webster
2003 – Dance, Mimes and Skits with Wendy Albricht
Members of VIMA receive notifications of:
- member schools who are hosting workshops or training seminars, or
- Montessori job opportunities.
- VIMA sponsored conferences and our annual general meetings.
- VIMA newsletters
- most important of all the VIMA web site connects you with perspective parents that are looking for a Montessori school/ daycare in your area or in the area where they plan to move.
If you are interested in listing your school you are welcome to send the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name of school
- Postal code
- Web address
- Contact person
- Number of children in your school
- Age range you enroll
1 to 24 students $25
25-49 students $50
50 to 99 students $100
100+ students $200
200+ students $300
Training Centre $50
Send a check to:VIMA C/O Keith Bennett
2348 Thomas Place
Nanaimo, BC V0X 1W9
Note: Vancouver Island Montessori Association’s yearly Membership runs June – June so our web site can be up-dated before the summer begins. Every school has a few places to fill and correct information on our website is helpful to prospective parents who are interested in your school.
If you are a member school, advertising is free. There is a $75 charge for advertising if you are not a member school.
When you send your school fee in please let us know if you have changes to make so we can include them. The grid at the bottom gives all the information used on the web listing. Check our website to ensure your listing is correct.