Melanie Sheppard arrived at CDS in 2001 to serve as the School's Controller where her primary responsibilities were managing the Business Office and financial reporting.
Over the years her role has greatly expanded and as Director she is responsible for: finance, facilities, information technology infrastructure, health and safety, and the General Store. She shares the responsibility of human resources with the Head and the Assistant Head of School. Ms. Sheppard is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Her interest in small business started at an early age working in her family’s business. Her professional career began in public accounting with a particular focus on not-for-profit organizations and small business. Bringing finance expertise to CDS enables the Administration to focus on carrying out the School’s vision and she finds this very rewarding. Mrs. Sheppard is inspired working alongside passionate educators and she feels fortunate to work in an industry where not only are there plenty of success stories, they are right outside her office door! She is also inspired by the dedication shown by the volunteer Board of Directors and the amazing CDS parent community.