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School trustee candidates for WSD

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School trustees throughout Winnipeg are up for election on Oct. 24. The Winnipeg School Division wards located in The Times area are:


Robert Buternowsky.


Robert Buternowsky.

School trustees throughout Winnipeg are up for election on Oct. 24. The Winnipeg School Division wards located in The Times area are:

Ward 8 - includes elementary, middle and high schools in the North End, Dufferin, William Whyte, St. John’s, Robertson, Burrows Central and Inkster-Faraday.

One candidate is to be elected and they are:


Christine Brouzes

Brouzes has lived in the Winnipeg School Division for 15 years. She and her husband Rick, a Street Outreach Worker, are parents to an 11-year-old son and she is the daughter of a school principal.

Brouzes graduated from the University of Manitoba and was a civil servant for 21 years as child development counsellor and family service worker.

She has a regular involvement advocating and supporting students in each of the ward’s schools, and has been a director at Ikwe Safe Rides - Women Helping Women, a member of the City’s transportation advisory counsel, an adolescent mental health counsellor at Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, a Red River College instructor, board member at Inspire Community Outreach, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls round table facilitator, an early childhood cfficer for the Government of Nunavut and an early childhood educator.


Betty Edel

Edel has been living on Alfred Avenue for the past 35 years where she raised her family with her husband, Faron. Her children and grandchildren attended North End schools.

She says education is really important to her. After graduation from high school in the adult education program, she completed a social work degree at the University of Manitoba.

She has worked in the North End all her life as a prevention manager at End Homelessness Winnipeg, program manager at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, executive director at Mount Carmel Clinic, co-director at the Community Education Development Association and community development worker at Hope Centre Health Care.

She has volunteered at the SPLASH Child Care at Strathcona School, the North End Housing Project and the North End Community Renewal Corporation. She has also served as a board member with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Andrews Street Family Centre and Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc.


Michael Sugawara.


Michael Sugawara.

Ward 9 - includes elementary, middle and high schools in Garden Grove, Tyndall Park, Meadows West, Inkster Gardens, Burrows-Keewatin, Shaughnessy Heights, Shaughnessy Park and Mynarski.

One candidate is to be elected and they are:


Robert Buternowsky

Buternowsky is 54-year-old lawyer, married with five children who are in high school and university.

He was previously the chairman of a regional health authority in rural Manitoba and is a member of the Mohutniy Ukrainian dance group in Anola, Man., a volunteer at the Ukrainian Pavillion at Folklorama, and is involved with the St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. His kids dance with the Rossdale Ukrainian dance group in St. Andrews.

Buternowsky says he chose to run for school trustee because he has been deeply concerned about the quality of education that is being delivered to the children. 

In his opinion, the quality has slipped and he says he has raised this issue with various teachers. However, it is apparent that the cause of this descent is systemic and not the fault of the teacher’s, he adds, and there seems to be little concern with remedying this, and the teachers can only teach within the current system parameters.

He says a mediocre educational system hurts the low income students the most, as a good education can provide poor students with opportunities not otherwise open them. 

In his view, there has been a failure on the part of the board of trustees to ensure that a quality education is being delivered to all students. 

If Buternowsky is elected, he says he will do his absolute utmost to ensure that the board fulfills its duty to the students that they receive a top notch education that is as good or better than anywhere else in Canada and that he will accept nothing less.

If there is a focus at the top for delivering an excellent education, the teachers will deliver it, he says.


Gagandeep Chahal

Chahal has a Bachelor of Computer Applications and a Master of Political Science. She is married with three children who attend Tyndall Park Community School.

She is involved with the Parent Advisory Council and has worked in the youth programming of Tyndall Park Community Centre and served as the vice president of programming of Tyndall Park Community Centre.

If elected, she will ensure safety in schools, open a daycare, lower taxes, install cameras throughout all schools’ areas, provide school supplies, advocate for more diversity in school staff and less bullying and harassment, implement school identity cards and swimming classes.


Dennae Koshelanyk

Koshelanyk grew up in Northern Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg with her husband in 1996 to make sure their children had more opportunities and a greater chance at success. They have lived and volunteered in the Ward 9 area for almost 20 years.

She has four children who have attended Tyndall Park, Prairie Rose, Garden Grove, Stanley Knowles, Sisler and Tec Voc. Koshelanyk has regularly attended parent councils at many schools and  says she is very aware of the issues at those schools. 

Koshelanyk has held volunteer board positions with Tyndall Park Community Centre and Garden Grove Parent Advisory Council where she is the current Chair of the board.

Twenty-five years after graduating high school while working and volunteering Koshelanyk went to Red River College and received her Honours Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting. She continues to further her education.

She says she believes that every child deserves the best education possible.


Linda Schatkowsky

Schatkowsky is a parent and foster care provider that has lived and worked in the Garden Grove area for over 25 years. Through her experience in the foster care program she has advocated for children in her care within the school system.

Schatkowsky has been active in the school community, most recently serving as an executive member of the Ecole Stanley Knowles Parent Advisory Council. She also volunteered on the Parent Advisory Council at Garden Grove School, where she held positions as chair and treasurer and also helped with the lunch program at the school. She is known by others to be caring and willing to support those in need.

Schatkowsky and her husband Doug have been together for more than 30 years. She has two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and one more on the way. 

She has always considered the children in her care to be important members of the community that she provided a voice for and looks forward to helping the children in the Winnipeg School Division by ensuring fair and equitable access to all things that the school division has to offer. 

Schatkowsky says she believes that children must come first as they are our future.


Michael Sugawara

Sugawara, 36, is a husband, father and a resident of Ward 9 for more than 28 years.

He was raised in Tyndall Park and attended both elementary and high school in Ward 9. While he moved from the neighbourhood for a few years, Sugawara and his wife Krystal decided this was the best community to raise their family in and moved back after getting married.

To compliment his role as trustee, he says he will bring extensive experience working with every level of government including time served on several boards and steering committees. Over the past four years, he worked in the North End developing youth programming and services. Most recently he worked in the Housing Department of the North End Community Renewal Corporation and represented tenants and landlords in hearings with the Residential Tenancies Branch. He continues to volunteer time at special events and with numerous organizations within the community.

As trustee, Sugawara says he will further advocate for safe educational facilities, enhance access to language programming, foster environments that produce successful students and dedicate his time to supporting successful educators and staff. 

Ligia Braidotti

Ligia Braidotti
Community journalist — The Times

Ligia Braidotti is the community journalist for The Times. Email her at

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