Alumni Association Board of Trustees

Matthew Ashton '13

Matthew Ashton is a recent alumnus (’13) of SMUS and after a year of attending the University of Calgary, is currently in his last year of psychology at the University of Victoria, completing an honors thesis in concussion research. During his time at SMUS, Matthew dedicated himself primarily to several AP courses and the squash team. Presently, Matthew works and volunteers in two research labs at the university in the fields of couples and families, and minor traumatic brain injuries. He also works as an assistant clinical research coordinator at a local urology clinic, and as a Volunteer Team Leader for several of the programs at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He is currently intending to attend medical school and working on a business in disability services.

Matthew’s interest in alumni relations at SMUS began with wanting to introduce more opportunities for mentorship among alumni and students at SMUS. He also chairs the SMUS Mentorship Committee to advance such a program.

Jeremy Cordle '91

Jeremy Cordle '91 was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1972. Following two years in Northern Alberta, he moved to Victoria in 1986 with his sister Carole (GNS '88) and parents Una and Tony (SMUS staff 1986- present). Jeremy and his father became part of the SMUS fabric in the fall of 86. With a great love and aptitude for all sports, Jeremy thrived in the most successful athletic period in the school's long history. In five years at the school, Jeremy was fortunate to be a member of six island championship winning teams culminating in the school's first BC High School Rugby championship in 1991.

Since leaving the school in 1991, Jeremy had the honor of representing Canada in both cricket ('91) and rugby ('98). After completing his extensive career in sport, Jeremy settled happily into family life in Victoria with partner Alana and children Jaxson and Luci. 

In the spring of 2005, Jeremy and Alana opened Esteem Treatments Wellness Spa in Victoria where they enjoy helping their clientele find ways to maintain stress-free and healthy lives. Jeremy also has the pleasure of training and mentoring many young student athletes not only from SMUS, but also from a number of local schools in the Victoria area.

It is in this chapter of life where Jeremy finds himself drawn back to the SMUS community. Students, parents and staff (current and past) who are patrons of his business give Jeremy a unique perspective of life at the school. He has a deep love for SMUS, and finds the skills he acquired there serve him well in every day life. Jeremy looks forward to helping the school continue to link its excellent past to its limitless future.

It is for these reasons that Jeremy is both confident and ready to serve the school and the Alumni Society.

Tom Erlic '88

Tom Erlic ’88 started at St. Michaels University School in grade 6. After graduation, Tom attended Queen’s University where he earned his bachelor in Applied Science (’94). Shortly after graduating, Tom co-founded a high tech start up ‘Precision MicroDynamics’ in Victoria BC. The company is very active today and serves customers world-wide. In 2003 Tom decided to go back to school to improve his business skills and graduated with a masters in Business Administration from the University of Victoria in 2006.

The Erlic family has numerous SMU alumni as well as current students. They are Mile Erlic ’81 and his sons Martin ’09, Jure ‘10 and Joseph ’12 and Tom’s sons Simon (grade 9) and Liam (grade 7).

Chris May '92

Chris May attended SMUS as a day student from 1987 to 1992. His first year at the school was spent at the Middle School’s Racquet Club campus, before returning to the Senior school for the remainder of his years.

In the SMUS environment with it’s teacher/mentor/coaches, Chris blossomed academically and athletically. Their standards, set in the classroom, were reinforced on the field. This foundation in his early years, led to both academic and athletic scholarships on graduation. The expectations of the school and it’s staff, on the character and integrity of it’s students, resonated with Chris and helped to develop strong leadership skills in rugby. In his final year at SMUS, Chris captained the provincial championship winning rugby team.

After leaving SMUS, Chris attended the University of Victoria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. During those years, Chris played rugby for the Vikes, as well as a Canadian development rugby team that was based in Victoria. Shortly after university, Chris stopped playing rugby and transitioned into coaching. The lessons and standards from his days on the SMUS fields, led to rugby coaching success, winning provincial Premiere league titles and representative coaching honours at Junior, provincial and National team levels.

After marriage and a move to Vancouver, Chris attended the University of British Columbia, where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Upon graduation, he returned to Victoria with his wife, Andrea, and started his career as a physiotherapist. He now works in Victoria at Rebalance MD. Chris quickly got back involved in rugby, now as a physiotherapist/coach, and has been involved with the national mens rugby team, and locally with the Castaway-Wanderers RFC. In 2007, Chris had the opportunity to work with the SMUS rugby program as a strength and conditioning coach. That year, the school won the BC provincial championship.

Now, with a young daughter, Harper (8), Chris is striving to give her the same foundation that he received in his years at SMUS. For all that he has received, he would like to give back to his school by seeking a place on the Alumni Board.

Charlie White '14

Charlie White graduated from St. Michaels University School in 2014. She was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California and moved to Victoria, BC with her family in 2008. She and her sister began attending SMUS in 2010. During her time at SMUS, she was a part of the rowing team, service council, and prefect council. Since graduating, Charlie has sought out opportunities to remain connected with the SMUS community as she feels attending SMUS has had a profound effect on her life and therefore feels compelled to give back to SMUS in any way she can.

Charlie is a Master of Public Administration student at the University of Victoria. She is currently working with Island Health’s planning department as a co-op student. She assists with strategic planning and running engagement workshops for the health authority, as well as organizational and specific project planning. Charlie also has valuable work experience in fundraising and event planning with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Victoria. During her undergraduate degree, she coached rowing at SMUS, completed two co-op work terms, and volunteered as a doctor’s assistant and as a research assistant.