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Melanie van de Water

Board Chair

Melanie van de Water holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Education, Honours Specialist and Master of Education, both from OISE at the University of Toronto, as well as the Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) from York University.  Her teaching career began as an educational intern at Greenwood College School, and took her to Grenoble France, where she taught English.  She has been pleased to have served on the Board of Directors for the Giles School since 2022.

Melanie is an Assistant Head at Branksome Hall in Toronto.  Prior to this she served as the Dean of Students at Holy Trinity School. Melanie oversees the school's Student Life program, managing multiple programs across K-12 including athletics, experiential education, leadership and character development.  The school benefits greatly from her expertise in education and people management. Melanie is a mother of three and in her spare time is a dedicated athlete. Melanie is a competitive swimmer and triathlete, alpine skier and snowboarder and has a passion for travel and culture.  

Vanessa Yanagawa

Vanessa Yanagawa joined the Board in 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), Juris Doctor (JD), and an LLM specializing in health law. She has extensive experience practicing before various administrative tribunals and courts in Ontario. Currently, she combines her legal and nursing experience by representing regulated health professionals involved in regulatory matters. Her daughter and son both attend The Giles School.

Missy Chau

Nitya Singh

Shirin Gholeizadeh