New Term for Board of Education

Kootenay Lake School District Trustees sworn in

The Kootenay Lake School District held its swearing-in ceremony at a Special Open Board Meeting November 13th. The ceremony marks the beginning of a  four year term for the newly elected board and affirms the roles and responsibilities for all board representatives.

Four new trustees are joining the Board of Education: Susan Chew (Salmo, Taghum & Blewett), Allan Gribbin (South Rural Zone), Sheri Walsh (City of Nelson, Bealby Point) and Becky Coons (Town of Creston). 

They join incumbents: Cody Beebe (South Rural Zone), Bill Maslechko (City of Nelson, Bealby Point), Sharon Nazaroff (Slocan Valley, Bonnington), Lenora Trenaman (Crawford Bay, East Shore, North Shore) and Dawn Lang (Village of Kaslo & North Rural Zone, Area D). 

All were sworn into office for the next four years 2018-2022.

Lenora Trenaman accepted the nomination to return as Board Chair this year, expressing her confidence in the newly elected board, “I am most looking forward to working alongside the new trustees who will bring revitalized energy and diversity to the table. I believe this will complement the valuable experience and knowledge of our returning trustees.” Lenora was first elected to the Board in 2004 and is now serving her fifth term. 

Sheri Walsh is thrilled to return as a trustee, having served a two-year term in 2012-2014 before going on to serve as DPAC chair for the district. “I bring back with me four years of helping parents advocate for their children. This experience has given me a broader understanding of the strengths of and constraints on public education which I hope will make me a better trustee.”

Newly elected trustee Susan Chew has held leadership roles on numerous boards at local, regional and provincial levels, and is excited by the prospect of working for our youth, communities, educators and staff in support of public education in this position. 

The District would also like to acknowledge and thank the departing trustees Bob Wright, Heather Suttie and Rebecca Huscroft for their service on the Board of Education.  “We so appreciate your engagement and advocacy for the students and staff in our school district and wish you the very best!” expressed Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins.

For more information:
Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer