"Schools set the groundwork for creating the leaders of tomorrow. I believe if we provide students with opportunities to expand their learning, to discover themselves and find what makes them great, they can unleash their potential to become great citizens and whoever they want to be.”
Barry Forward is a proud parent of two graduates from the North Vancouver school system and is himself a graduate of British Columbia's public schools. For Barry serving on the Board of Education is a means to be involved in the decisions that connect young people with opportunity. He is deeply interested in empowering young people and helping them connect with their purpose. Barry’s key priorities as a trustee are to be a champion for youth voices, and to facilitate greater community engagement in education.
Barry spent his early career in journalism and broadcasting, moving into communications and public relations. He is now a certified executive coach and currently works as a career management consultant with youth and adults as they face transition in their career paths. Additionally, Barry has significant entrepreneurial experience, particularly in the high-tech sector. He co-founded two technology start-ups – a perspective he brings to the school system as digital media and innovative educational technology tools become entwined in classrooms, and the way in which technology is changing children’s patterns of thinking and learning.
Barry has coached and refereed youth sports for more than a decade and has worked with a variety of youth-oriented community organizations. He has served on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Vancouver Coastal Regional Planning Committee, the executive of the North Shore Girls Soccer Club, and a volunteer at his children's schools. Since being elected as a trustee in 2008, he has served as chair for the Finance and Facilities Standing Committee. the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, and the NVSD’s Secondary Principals Screening and Selection and Policy Review Committees. In 2013 he was appointed to the BC School Trustees Association's Aboriginal Education Committee. He served as the Board's vice chairperson for three years and Chair from December 2014 to March 2015.