Vijay Manuel named head of MEI Schools

Appointed to the position effective Feb. 1

Vijay Manuel (left) is welcomed to his new position as head of MEI Schools by MEI board president Paul Penner.

Vijay Manuel (left) is welcomed to his new position as head of MEI Schools by MEI board president Paul Penner.

The former principal of Abbotsford Traditional middle school and vice-principal of W. J. Mouat secondary has been appointed the head of schools for MEI (Mennonite Educational Institute).

Vijay Manuel was appointed to the position effective Feb. 1 and is responsible for the leadership and management of all aspects of MEI Schools, including the learning experience from preschool to graduation.

Manuel is a 1991 graduate of MEI, where he participated in music and athletics and served as student body president.

He went on to complete his undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from San Diego State University.

Manuel has served nearly 20 years in public schools as a teacher and administrator. He is also a founding member and chairman of Character Abbotsford, in addition to numerous other service involvements.

Manuel is the youngest son of Rev. David Manuel of South Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church, where he has served as the worship pastor and also led the popular worship ministry entitled Doxa. Vijay has also been the executive pastor at Christian Life Assembly in Langley.

Manuel and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 16 years and have four children, three of whom now attend MEI.

MEI’s board president, Paul Penner, said he believes that MEI is ready to move forward in a powerful way with their leadership team now complete.

“We are all very excited to add Vijay to the MEI team. He brings a diverse skill set, a passion for The Lord and a commitment to children and learning,” Penner said.

Almost 1,400 students are enrolled at MEI Schools, one of the largest independent schools in B.C. The campus, located at 31655 Downes Rd., includes elementary, middle and secondary schools. Visit for more information.