Aspengrove Parents’ Association

Connection. Communication. Contribution. Community Building.

Building upon Aspengrove’s key values of curiosity, citizenship, courage, creativity and compassion; our focus includes:

  • building a strong community where parents support and connect with other parents.
  • uniting parents and teachers by fostering positive communication.
  • providing a resource for parents.
  • nurturing community involvement by providing various opportunities to participate/volunteer.

Contact Information:

General Aspengrove Parent Association:

Volunteer Information:


Aspengrove Invitational Cross Country Meet

Aspengrove Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held on Tuesday October 9. Join us as students in grade K-9 from a number of schools on Vancouver Island gather to enjoy the beautiful AGS trail network and some healthy, spirited, competition.

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Join the APA Facebook Group

The goal is to foster a strong community that supports and connects parents who are passionate about wanting to get involved in school initiatives, to increase awareness of volunteer opportunities, and  to inform about upcoming events such as the Hot Lunch dates and deadlines, the Used Uniform Sale, Terry Fox Run call for volunteers, etc.

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Hot Lunch Program (Updated Sept 12)

Dear Fellow Parents, We know firsthand how great it can be for your child to have a special hot lunch at school and for your family to have a break from preparing lunch! With this in mind, we are very excited to announce that the APA will be offering hot lunches twice...

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Our Mission

Aspengrove School challenges and inspires its community to act with purpose as compassionate, knowledgeable and principled global citizens.

The mission of the Aspengrove Parents’ Association is to foster communication amongst and provide support for all members of the Aspengrove community*, thus contributing to a positive, safe atmosphere in which our children may successfully learn, grow, and develop an aptitude for life-long learning.

*the Aspengrove community includes all parents, students, teachers and staff.


The APA’s executive team includes:

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams


Kelly, her husband Matthew, and their son Alexander (Kindergarten) have been part of the Aspengrove Community since 2016. She is a Marketing Strategic Planner and is co-owner of a technology company that focuses on leveraging technology to create innovative solutions. Kelly believes strongly in the power of education and life-long learning, and enjoyed participating on the Aspengrove Strategic Planning Committee as well as taking part in various class activities.

Sarah Dhillon

Sarah Dhillon


Sarah, her husband Sat, and their children, Aurora (Grade 1) and Jai (JK4) moved to Nanaimo and became a part of the Aspengrove community almost two years ago. Sarah is a Certified Financial Planner professional, specializing in financial literacy, who is currently focusing on her role as family CEO. She is excited to be a part of the Aspengrove Parents’ Association as it seeks to further strengthen Aspengrove’s excellent sense of community and commitment to the spirit of inquiry.

Aileen Saunders

Aileen Saunders

Volunteer Coordinator

Aileen and her husband Sean have been involved since Aspengrove School’s inception, as one of the founding families. Their children are currently in grade 9 (Megan), grade 7 (Nicole) and grade 5 (Daniel). Aileen practices dentistry at the Lantzville Dental Clinic, has lived on Vancouver Island for over 22 years from Edmonton, Alberta, and has enjoyed volunteering at the school as well as at her children’s many extracurricular activities.

Genevre Hashimoto

Genevre Hashimoto


  • Genevre and her husband Craig have been part of the Aspengrove community for the past five years. Their son Tyce is now in Grade 2. Genevre’s educational background is in journalism; however, she switched careers a few years ago and is happy making dogs beautiful at a local dog grooming salon. Genevre looks forward to participating in all the Aspengrove clubs and activities as her son grows.

Elisabeth Reay

Elisabeth Reay

School Liason

Elisabeth Reay oversees Aspengrove’s admissions process for the school. She leads parents on tours, answers their questions and works to heighten awareness of  Aspengrove School to both the local and worldwide communities. Ms. Reay comes to Aspengrove with more than 20 years of experience in administration and customer service in the legal and insurance sectors.

Julia Ohly:  Volunteer Coordinator

Julia has been involved with the school since her oldest son started Kindergarten. Since then, she has enjoyed helping out at events, volunteering in the Library and helping out in the class and on field trips whenever she could. Ronan is now in Grade 3 and her twin boys are in Grade 1. Julia is a huge supporter of the IB programs since she taught the PYP at the International School of Paris. She currently works as a Teacher on Call.  Julia enjoys being a part of such a great community.

Joanna Zheng, Volunteer Coordinator

Joanna and her husband Marco have been involved with Aspengrove since 2017. Their daughter, Katherine, is now in JK4. Before moving to BC, Joanna was a banker who worked for Standard Chartered Bank (Wholesale Banking) in China. Currently, she is running her family business in textile manufacturing and retailing. Joanna and Marco volunteer annually with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s “Run For Life”. Joanna enjoys participating in Aspengrove’s activities as her daughter grows. 


Volunteers are the lifeblood of our great community and help make Aspengrove the warm and inviting school that it is today. Getting involved with the APA is an excellent way to meet fellow parents and interact with faculty and staff, while enriching your child’s experience.

We invite you to get involved in your Aspengrove community. Together, we create amazing events for our fellow families and children to enjoy. There are a variety of opportunities to get involved, whether you have a few hours or many hours to offer. Below is a list of some of the events looking for support. However, we are always looking for help in areas that may not be listed. If you are interested in a specific event or a general area, please visit the online parent volunteer form. Please check back often as the list will be updated regularly.  

Calendar of Events

Opportunities for parents to get involved in helping the school


APA Volunteer Sub-CommitteeOngoing
Library AssistanceWednesday & Thursday mornings – ongoing
Lost & Found – Once a weekOnce a week – ongoing
Hot Lunches – Once a monthOnce a month – ongoing
AGS MusicalOngoing til May
Intercultural DayFebruary 21
Photo DayApril 15
AGS Fun RunMay 25

See the full AGS Calendar online.