Background: George Van Kampen moved to Hamilton in 1975 where he worked for 36 years at two schools, Calvin Christian School and Hamilton District Christian High School. During this time, he served as a resource teacher, physical education teacher, coach, guidance counselor, director of student services, vice principal and principal. In 2011, he and his wife moved to Montreal where he served as the principal of Emmanuel Christian School. After 40 years of working in Christian schools, George recently retired. He and his wife moved back to Hamilton to be closer to their five children and six grandchildren.
Community: George is a strong advocate of giving back to the community. School service/learning projects and mission trips were essential to his work as an educator. He believes that serving others is one of the best ways not only to help the community, but also to learn and develop as person. In that light, he sees the youth at LFY to be dynamically serving and learning in the Hamilton community.
Goals: George envisions Liberty for Youth to continue to be salt and light for the youth at risk in Hamilton. He understands that by being salt, LFY helps preserve and add flavour to the lives of the at risk youth. By being light, LFY brings hope and shows the way to a bright future. To do this, the need to create sustainable funding for future programs is vital. George hopes to serve in whatever way that will assist LFY’s future development.