Head Search

A New Head of School is Coming to Sacred Heart School of Halifax

After 10 years, Sr. Anne Wachter, RSCJ, will complete her term at Sacred Heart School of Halifax in July, 2022. Sr. Wachter has been passionate about our School and has made significant contributions over her time here. There will be many opportunities to celebrate Sr. Wachter and share our gratitude. In the meantime, the Board of Governors has started a comprehensive search for the next Head of School, which will be led by Halifax-based firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS), and overseen by a Search Committee of the Board of Governors. We will use this page to update our community on the search, which is expected to culminate in April of 2022 with the announcement of a new Head of School.

About our Search Firm

We have retained Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) to assist us with this search and are working with Andrea Forbes-Hurley, Managing Partner, as the lead on this assignment. KBRS is a leading recruiting and human resource consulting firm in Atlantic Canada with a team of over 60 professionals and they have supported the search efforts of a number of other independent schools in the recruitment of their Head.

To provide feedback to Andrea, you can reach her by email or by phone at 902-425-0101.

Process and Timeline

The search for a new Head of School is a comprehensive, consultative process that began in June 2021 and is anticipated to culminate in April 2022 with the announcement of a new Head of School. Throughout September, we consulted extensively with our Sacred Heart community to seek input into what qualities we want in our next leader and how we will move forward with the next chapter for our School.

To complement our Search Committee we also struck a Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee and a Student Council Advisory Committee, both of which have provided valuable input.

As a result of this extensive consultation and the input received from our many stakeholders, KBRS has developed a position profile and it will be advertised extensively. 

Throughout the fall and early winter, candidates will, in confidence, be identified and will undergo a series of in-depth interviews. The Search Committee will then bring their recommendation to the Board of Governors and once selected, the new Head of School will be announced.

Updates on the process will be provided to our Sacred Heart community by Board Chair and Search Co-Chair Kathryn Tector.

Community Correspondence 

Meet our Search Committee

Kathryn Tector
Kathryn Tector
Vice President, National Public Relations
Chair, Board of Governors, and Search Committee Co-Chair
Parent

Mike Simms
Mike Simms
Partner, McInnes Cooper
Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, and Search Committee Co-Chair
Parent

Joseph J. Ciancaglini
Joseph J. Ciancaglini
Head of School - Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
Former Board Member

Lois Dyer Mann
Lois Dyer Mann ‘ 68
Partner, KBRS
Board Member

Sr. Mary Finlayson, RSCJ
Sr. Mary Finlayson, RSCJ
Director of Vocation Ministry, Society of the Sacred Heart United States - Canada
Past Board Member
Past Faculty Member

Louis Lawen
Louis Lawen
CEO Lawen Group, Former Board Member
Parent

Candace Thomas
Candace Thomas
Deputy Minister of Justice, Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Social Innovation and Integrative Approaches, Former Board Member
Parent

Robin Thorsteinson
Robin Thorsteinson
Board Member, Community Engagement Committee Chair
Former President Parents’ Guild
Parent

Alexandra Whalen
Alexandra Whalen ‘06
Audit Manager, Financial Audit Team, Office of the Auditor General of Nova Scotia
Board Member, Planning Committee Chair
Past President Sacred Heart School of Halifax Alumnae & Alumni Association
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