School trustees throughout Winnipeg are up for election on Oct. 24.

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School trustees throughout Winnipeg are up for election on Oct. 24.

Two trustees will be elected to the Louis Riel School Division’s Ward 1. The candidates are:

Louise Johnston — A lifelong resident and graduate from the division, Johnston has been a longtime volunteer in local schools, community centres and organizations. She has served as a school trustee for more than 20 years, firstly on the Norwood School Division Board, then on the amalgamated board of Norwood/St. Boniface, and now for Louis Riel School Division. An established figure in the city’s human resource management and training community, she is fluently bilingual in English and French. 

Claude Plante — Believing that one of the best ways to give back is to educate and empower children, Claude Plante is committed to contributing to the learning of all students in the community by focusing on the conditions needed for student well-being, success, and inclusivity. A priority in his professional life has been a focus on the importance of learning environments, and Plante has more than 30 years’ experience in facilities and project management in both secondary and post-secondary institutions. He has developed an appreciation for environmental stimuli, and the impact of energy and environmental factors, which has enabled him to create positive teaching and learning environments. 

Tanya Pomanski — Born, raised and educated in the Winnipeg public school system, Pomanski is a longtime resident in the Louis Riel School Division catchment area. She has a political science degree from the University of Manitoba, has chaired and sat on various boards, and has worked on municipal election campaigns. Pomanski’s professional background is in the finance and leadership education fields.

Cindy Turner — A Windsor Park resident of nearly 30 years, Turner is passionate about helping individuals in need and worked as a donor services co-ordinator at United Way for 17 years, during which time she volunteered for many events and fundraisers, also becoming an active member in her union. She was elected to the board of Louis Riel School Division in 2014, and has chosen to run for re-election to continue to serve the community in this capacity.

LRSD’s Ward 2 will elect two trustees. The candidates are:

Mark Olfert — Born and raised in Winnipeg, Olfert attended school in St. Vital, and has worked at the Real Canadian Superstore for the last 20 years. He was also a shop steward for 14 years, and served on the health and safety committee for eight years. A passionate community member, Olfert has attended numerous rallies in Winnipeg in relation to health-care cuts.

Robert Page — A retired school teacher, Page continued to work as a substitute teacher in all grades after retiring from full-time education. Familiar with the needs of students in all levels of education, Page has worked at a variety of schools in his career. A supporter of administrators that take a strong stance against bullying, Page encourages active participation in all-inclusive school sports, outdoor education, dance, theatre, music, and practical arts.

Rodger Salm — Salm is an active community member who has been involved with many community endeavours through the years. He is a basketball coach, a board member for a 55+ affordable housing apartment complex in St. Vital, and a member of All Saints Kinsmen. Last year, Salm worked with several schools in the division on pilot project called Pets in the Classroom, which was intended to test the benefits of pets in the classroom and is ongoing. After attending LRSD board meeting for the last 18 months, Salm decided to run as a trustee. 

Chris Sigurdson— A criminal defence lawyer by profession, Sigurdson’s passion for education was instilled by his parents, who were educators. Sigurdson has been an LRSD trustee board member since 2010, and board chair since 2016. As someone who prioritizes citizenship, engagement, and literacy/numeracy throughout the division, Sigurdson is proud of, and inspired by, the strong sense of community in LRSD schools, and his passion is to ensure equal access to quality education for all students.  

Ward 3 will elect two trustees to the LRSD board. The candidates are:

Denisa Gavan-Koop — An urban planner and certified public engagement professional, Gavan-Koop is currently the co-ordinator of The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness, a community partnership that works to prevent youth homelessness in Winnipeg. She is also the chair of the St. Germain Daycare board, enjoys coaching kids’ soccer and is a keen jogger and biker. Gavan-Koop’s professional and volunteer experience working with children, as well as her involvement in community engagement and advocacy, convinced her to run for school trustee. 

Ajay Gupta — A resident in the Ward 3 or the last 15 years, Gupta is a human resources professional, whose wife is a public school teacher and whose daughter goes to private school.

Josie Landry — Landry has lived in the division’s community for 45 years, and currently lives in Ward 3. Married with two children who attended school in the division, Landry has been an educator for 26 years, and has served as teacher, acting principal, team leader, and Manitoba Teachers’ Society representative in that time. She has also evaluated teacher candidates for the University of Winnipeg. Landry’s volunteer activities include involvement with the Winnipeg Harvest School Supply Drive, the Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Days, and the Canadian Institute for the Blind.

Sandy Nemeth — Nemeth was first elected to the LRSD board in 2010, and she’s since been an advocate and an informed and engaged voice for Ward 3. Nemeth has placed a high priority on ensuring the voices of students, parents, and residents are part of board decisions, and she understands and respects the role of school trustee as an elected community representative. A keen supporter of LRSD community events and celebrations, Nemeth has been a resident of Ward 3 for more than 20 years, and has evolved with the needs of students and families as the community has steadily grown.  

Ian Richardson — Ian Richardson is the parent of three children in the school system, and two of his children have special needs, which has given him a unique perspective on the priorities for children in the education system. As a baseball coach and a volunteer treasurer for a daycare board of directors, Richardson has been with organization’s that are important to his children’s lives and development. A qualified accountant, Richardson aims to use his financial expertise to collaborate with other board members to allocate funding appropriately in the division.   

Neil Vadeboncoeur — Vadeboncoeur and his wide have lived in River Park South since 1983, where their children attended local schools. Recently retired from the University of Manitoba, where he was employed as a consultant and sessional instructor, Vadeboncoeur previously worked as a consultant for the department of education in Manitoba as an administrator, and as a teacher, resource teacher and school psychologist. A keen soccer, baseball and hockey coach at Dakota Community Centre, Richardson also served as a trustee on the former St. Vital School Board from 1995 to 2002.  

LRSD’s Ward 4 will elect two trustees. The candidates are:

Hugh Coburn — Having lived most of his life in St. Vital and St. Boniface, Hugh Coburn served as a trustee in 1986 with the former St. Boniface School Division, and returned to the role after the amalgamation in 2002 that created Louis Riel School Division. He has served as chair of the board in both St. Boniface and Louis Riel School Divisions, and also  as the president of the Manitoba School Board Association for two years. A retired veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service, Coburn is also involved with the RielEvate Foundation, which organizes a clothing drive in the spring and fall to help families in need.

Darcy Collignon — The director of business development for a major medical manufacturer, Collignon’s two children are students in LRSD, which has helped him to develop and foster a strong passion for the community. His specific interests are  geared towards continued improvement in numeracy, literacy, and inclusivity, and one of his core objectives is to engage LRSD constituents to better prepare future leaders of tomorrow while improving the student experience. He has a strong belief that community and schools have a synergistic relationship and the role of the trustee must bring these together for the benefit of the student.  

Pamela Kolochuk — With more than a decade of experience in senior financial leadership roles, Kolochuk is an active member in her community and has served on preschool and parent advisory boards for more than six years. As part of a parent council, she worked closely with administration and government officials in two projects within the ward — transition from a K to 6 school to a K to 8 school, and a $200,000 playground addition, which involved securing significant funding and fundraising efforts. Kolochuk is bilingual and believes in the benefits of a second language, and her two children attend a public elementary school in the Ward 4.  

Jay Myshkowsky — An active member of the LRSD community, Myshkowsky’s wife teaches in the division and his two children attend a public elementary school in Ward 4. A former board member at Southdale Community Centre, Myshkowsky is also a longtime SBMHA hockey, baseball, and soccer coach, as well as the founder of the annual St. Vital/St. Boniface High Schools Alumni Hockey Tournament. Myshkowsky is passionate about ensuring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action are supported in the division’s current and future planning. He is also a board member of the RielEvate Foundation.   

Tom Parker — Tom Parker has been involved in the education system for many years, as an elementary school teacher, physical educator supervisor, and principal in three schools. One of his passions is ensuring all children have the opportunity to achieve success, and he believes that students can be successful if there is a positive connection between the school and the community. In his experience as a board member, Parker advocates that board members should help provide opportunities for successful students by listening to all members of the community, and providing policies and programs that meet the needs of the students, as well as providing as providing a safe learning environment in our schools. 

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