Leadership & Governance

The leadership team at Glarea





Dr. Sirotić is an educational leader and a teacher educator with 25 years of teaching experience in public and independent schools, as well as in university. She has taught mathematics in Grades 6-12 and acted as Head of Mathematics Department in two independent schools where she worked for 16 years, during which time she completed her Masters of Science and her Doctorate in the field of Mathematics Education at Simon Fraser University. Her dissertation focused on practice-based professional development of teachers, in particular the role of teachers’ knowledge of mathematics on their teaching practice and how this knowledge could be acquired and used effectively in the classroom. Equipped with the latest evidence-based research-informed pedagogies for effective mathematics teaching and learning, she turned to working with teachers, both in-service and pre-service. She joined the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and mentored new teachers into the profession.

Dr. Sirotić is a founder of Math Potentials, an independent educational organization which offers extracurricular enrichment programs in mathematics and science throughout the Lower Mainland. She was an engineer in Slovenia who became a mathematics teacher, an educational researcher and scholar, an entrepreneur and a school leader in Canada in order to fulfill her mission, "Give, and you feed for a day. Teach, and you feed for a lifetime."

Dr. Sirotić promotes a holistic and balanced approach to education encompassing cognitive, physical and social development of each child. She is committed to creating a school culture in which everyone can thrive, where learning is joyful and achievement is high. It has been a long standing dream of hers to be part of a team to develop a world class school for the Greater Vancouver area – one that will be a model and inspiration to educators everywhere. Dr. Sirotic is looking forward to dedicating her knowledge, energy and expertise to make this dream come true!

Nadia Irshād



Nadia Irshād’s educational background is in Environmental Studies focusing on Sustainable Development and Urban Planning. She pursued a career in Art & Design working in Magazine Print Design and web design for a decade before opening her first early learning school. She is the Founder and CEO of Academics Educational Systems, a franchise system that operates corporate and franchised centres called Academics preKindergarten. As a resident of the South Surrey area, Nadia has had the privilege of being a board member of the Peninsula Community Foundation. She was a member of The Women’s Presidents Organization for years, before focusing on her current role as a Board Member for Arts Umbrella, Canada’s non-profit leader in arts education for young people, providing access to the highest quality arts education to communities as a basic human right. She is specifically dedicated to expanding the non-profit’s reach in the City of Surrey.

Nadia is passionate about her industry as a change agent for women, children and families. She is drawn to education and childcare through her own personal story. She finds passion in human connection, civic activism and more specifically causes that relate to women. Nadia’s interests include mobilizing women and girls by confronting cultural barriers that limit and harm women in closed communities. Words and writing is her passion, and she spends her free time writing to bring voice to untold stories, to encourage people who need help reach out and put a spotlight on real issues.

Rita Rai



Rita graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and a minor in Educational Psychology. While preparing to enrol in the PDP Program at SFU, she completed her Early Childhood Education certificate. She accepted an opportunity to work with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and quickly advanced to a Supervisory role. Following this, she assisted in the opening of Sunrise Discovery Centre at Sunrise Ridge Elementary School. After returning from her maternity leave she took on a Vice-Principal role at a new South Surrey early education centre. As Academics Educational Systems expanded she moved from Centre Principal, to Director of Education, to leading the corporate office Curriculum & Program team as Vice President of Education. During this time, she was also a Practicum Field Instructor for Douglas College’s Early Childhood Education Program. Currently, Rita works at Southridge School, where she has developed, implements, and operates the After-School Clubs Program. Rita manages and directs the Southridge Summer Camp program that oversees over 500 new children within a 4 week period. During this time she manages over 50 rotating staff and volunteers.

Rita specializes in Educational Program Development, Institutional Operational Policies and Procedures, as well as Staff Training.

Daniela Fisher



Daniela was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed high school in Argentina and migrated to Canada after graduating and opened Tango Cafe, an import company focused on Argentinian products, including food and a retail store. Her role at Tango included heading up Marketing, Sales and Management. Daniela went on to study TV and Film Production and worked in the film industry for over 15 years. Then after completing her real estate license she returned to Sales and Marketing overseeing a large residential project and also supporting residential sales for Lark Group for many years.

Charity, gratitude and giving have always been an important part of her life. After the birth of her first child Daniela focused on family, she now has two children, while maintaining her extensive support of the community through The Breakfast Club, Drive for the Cure, The Humane Society and Ballet BC. Sport has always been a mainstay in her life; She is a competitive Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion who trains in her free time and travels the world to compete and holds a Black Belt in Kickboxing Martial Arts. Daniela is also the founder of Naturally Given a company that is focused on increasing positive energy within our communities through ancient healing methods such as; Energy healing, Aromatherapy, Bach flower remedies, Crystal, Light, and Sound therapy and handmade products.

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Kirk Fisher



Kirk’s educational background includes a Degree in Engineering, an MBA and he is a P.Eng. He has extensive experience in corporate management, project planning, business operations, investment and strategic business growth. He specializes in development, construction, business operations and medical technologies and works closely with clinical, university, and business sector partners. He is Senior Vice President of the Lark Group and the co-founder and chief executive officer for HealthTech Connex Inc.

Lark focuses on institutional and care development and is currently developing and building the Health and Technology District at Surrey Memorial Hospital, among other projects. This development includes over 1.5 million square feet of office, retail and care facilities. Lark has owned and operated two triple sheet streamlined ice arena facilities for over 30 years. One in Surrey, BC and one in Kirkland, Quebec, under the name Excellent Ice. The two facilities host the largest youth spring hockey leagues in Western and Eastern Canada respectively.

Lark’s goal through Healthtech Connex is to bring Neurological measurement and improvement across the world and specifically into all of Lark’s businesses, communities and partners. HTC looks forward to integrating health technology at Glarea and Excellent Ice locations to monitor and improve neurological wellness.

Kirk is a proud Surrey native. He has been a lifeguard and swim coach at Crescent Beach Marina in his youth, and still lives and works in the city he grew up in. Almost twenty years ago, Kirk and his peers founded ‘A Drive for A Cure’. Proceeds go towards enhancing the health, well-being, and quality of life for those struggling with cancer or neurological illnesses. Kirk is passionate about construction as a foundation to healthy spaces, where people connect and are purposeful, and exemplifies his company’s commitment to; Boldly Elevate People. Glarea is a part of the Lark legacy and extends its impact to young people through their health facilities, ice arenas and education programs.

Peter Merrill



Peter founded The Hill Academy in Vaughan ON in 2006. The school offers a unique platform that balances academics, athletics, and personal development. The Academy complies with and exceeds government and academic expectations, and employs sound business practices. The enrolment has grown from 15 student athletes to 210 with a post secondary placement rate of 100%. It has been a breeding ground for professional hockey, lacrosse and olympic players. Peter has a Bachelor’s of Physical Education, a Master’s of Arts and has been involved in coaching in University and Professional Levels. Peter has been involved in technology for people with disabilities.

“l have a sincere belief in the value of sport and physical literacy as key ingredients in the academic and personal development of our youth.”

Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh



Dr. Dosanjh is the current 2018/2019 President of Society of General Practitioners of BC. She was the first woman of colour to hold this position. She is a current member of the Representative Assembly of The Doctors of BC. She is a U.S.trained board certified family physician who also served four years on the White Rock South Surrey Divisions of Family practice board. She was the chair of continuing medical education and the physician lead for the Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use collaborative in White Rock-South Surrey. She mentors medical students as a UBC clinical instructor and is also a clinical examiner for the Medical Council of Canada. She currently works at Peace Arch Hospital.

Dr. Dosanjh’s personal history includes both academics and athletics. She loves writing and as an author partnered with her 8 year old daughter Niyah to write Dreamland, a book about connection. She is a passionate mental health advocate. She believes in leadership, youth empowerment and holistic wellness. She is a mother of three daughters and is committed to leaving the world a bit better than she found it.

Dr. Ryan



Dr. D’Arcy’s scientific work in neuroscience gained international attention when he was part of the NRC research team that developed an advanced virtual reality-based neurosurgical simulation system that helped brain surgeon Dr. David Clarke remove a brain tumour on a patient in 2009. In 2012, he was highlighted as a “Kickass Canadian” amongst other prominent Canadian leader and he has been awarded a Public Service Award of Excellence, The National Research Council's Research Breakthrough of the Year, and the Discovery Award for Innovation. His team at the NeuroTech Laboratory has been awarded the International Global Best Award in STEM in 2016 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and his HealthTech Connex Inc. team won a 2018 Surrey Business Excellence Award from the Surrey Board of Trade.

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