Pamela Kolochuk

Pamela Kolochuk

Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Pamela Kolochuk is a Ward 4 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

Recent articles of Pamela Kolochuk

LRSD ward boundaries to change

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LRSD ward boundaries to change

Pamela Kolochuk - Louis Riel School Division trustee 4 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

As I come to the end of my first term as a school trustee in the Louis Riel School Division, I reflect on the last three and half years.When I decided to run in 2018, I did so based on wanting to be more involved in education at the divisional level and to ensure that the voice of Ward 4 was represented in the conversations and decisions being made. I had spent most of my children’s lives (they are nine and 12) participating in parent councils and preschool boards and felt that the next best place to support students and education was at the board table. Little did I know that the 2018 election would lead to the most remarkable school trustee term in history! Not only did education reform lead the priority list, a global pandemic emerged.  As we look to the next election, the LRSD board and secretary-treasurer have spent many hours looking at options to realign the ward boundaries to make it equitable for the 2022 school board election. Ward 4, which currently encompasses Royalwood, Island Lakes, Bona Vista, Sage Creek, Southland Park, Southdale, Niakwa Park, and south Windsor Park has continued to grow in population. New housing and new apartment buildings all bring more voters and more students. Ward 4 has struggled with the population growth for many years, and we continue to advocate for a new school in Sage Creek. We have moved students, reconfigured grade structures and changed school catchments many times in the last three years to accommodate growing enrolment numbers in southeast Winnipeg. While space was tight before, it’s even tighter in the age of physical distancing.  At the Jan. 25 special board meeting, the LRSD board of trustees approved a change in ward boundaries. Ward 4 will no longer include Windsor Park or Niakwa Park. These areas will now be included in Ward 1. If you are interested in learning more about the role of trustee or wanting to run in the next school board election in the fall of 2022, I encourage you to attend a school board meeting or reach out to a trustee. More details can be found at www.LRSD.netPamela Kolochuk is a Ward 4 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

As I come to the end of my first term as a school trustee in the Louis Riel School Division, I reflect on the last three and half years.

When I decided to run in 2018, I did so based on wanting to be more involved in education at the divisional level and to ensure that the voice of Ward 4 was represented in the conversations and decisions being made. I had spent most of my children’s lives (they are nine and 12) participating in parent councils and preschool boards and felt that the next best place to support students and education was at the board table. 

Little did I know that the 2018 election would lead to the most remarkable school trustee term in history! Not only did education reform lead the priority list, a global pandemic emerged. 

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

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When Pamela Kolochuk, pictured with her children Paige (at left) and Brooke, ran to become an LRSD school trustee in the 2018 election, she had no idea she would be faced with the most remarkable trustee term in history.

What will Bill 64 do for the LRSD community?

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What will Bill 64 do for the LRSD community?

Pamela Kolochuk 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

While the rest of the world’s priority has been the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Manitoba has proposed Bill 64: The Education Modernization Act, an act that has been characterized by some as ‘radical’ and a ‘once in a lifetime’ change to public education in Manitoba.

The slogan accompanying the introduction of the act is “Better Education Starts Today.” But better education is already here in Manitoba. Teachers, staff, and senior administration continue to adapt and change for the betterment of students.

School divisions have continued to ensure that education is the best it can be during the pandemic and through the rollercoaster of public health orders.

As the mother of two girls in French Immersion in the Louis Riel School Division, they (and I) know that they have great teachers and a more-than-amazing school system that has adapted and supported them through the past 15 months.

Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

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The board of trustees of the Louis Riel School Division has distributed more than 500 lawn signs decrying the massive changes proposed in Bill 64.

Learning goes on during a pandemic

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Learning goes on during a pandemic

Pamela Kolochuk — Louis Riel School Division Trustee 3 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

As you drive around Ward 4, you will see students playing outside (either at recess or during gym class) wearing masks and even though you can’t see it, there are big smiles underneath.

You will see new infrastructure popping up on school grounds, including tents, bales, snow hills and other new additions in the weeks ahead. Even if we are in a pandemic, students are still learning, interacting and having fun!

During the summer, the Louis Riel School Division committed to ensuring our schools were as safe as possible for staff and students. To achieve that, staff spent their days measuring spaces, cleaning schools and preparing a new learning environment for our children. The goal was to have all students in LRSD two metres apart while in the classroom. This required creativity, patience and change.

Class sizes needed to be reduced and new spaces created in order to accommodate all the students. This meant that libraries, gyms, music rooms, daycare and preschool spaces would all be needed for classroom space for students; which required reorganization.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

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Some students at École Van Belleghem are attending classes in the school gymnasium, which is being used as a classroom to ensure that all students at the school are two metres apart.

#BuildingCommunityThroughSocialDistancing

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#BuildingCommunityThroughSocialDistancing

Pamela Kolochuk — Louis Riel School Division trustee 2 minute read Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020

As I write this, I am sitting in my home office; my husband is upstairs in his home office and my children are working on schoolwork that was provided by their teachers through SeeSaw and email. We have been self-isolating and social distancing since March 15 to help flatten the curve in Manitoba.

While schools are closed and everyone is staying home, the community has come alive on social media. Teachers are finding ways to communicate with students and the community in ways that encourage engagement and continuous learning.

If you follow @FabbriTeaches, a teacher from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, on Twitter you will see a “word of the day” that is explained in great detail and reminds me of a time long ago when I was in English literature in Grade 12.

If you follow @ESCSLibrary (École Sage Creek School Library) or @neatnik (École Sage Creek Librarian) you will find posts of bilingual story time, updates for Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award readers and information and reviews of online books that can be accessed through the online Louis Riel School Division Library.

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020

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These stuffed animals helped École Sage Creek School became the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Winnipeg on March 27, with #CoyoteWearFriday.

Eight fun months on the LRSD board

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Eight fun months on the LRSD board

Pamela Kolochuk 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 8, 2019

I am new to trusteeship and am proud to represent Ward 4 at the Louis Riel School Division boardroom table.

It’s been a fun-filled first eight months learning the new role and attending board meetings, school events and parent council meetings. It has been exciting to see the commitment of parents in Ward 4 to their school community. Ward 4 encompasses the southeast corner of the LRSD and includes Royalwood, Island Lakes, Sage Creek, Southland Park, Southdale, Niakwa Park and the southernmost portion of Windsor Park.

Each school within the ward is working on an exciting project that will enhance the education of our students and the LRSD community.

Shamrock, Island Lakes and General Vanier are working on playground expansion projects. Shamrock recently installed new equipment in its playground while Island Lakes and General Vanier have both completed designs and are busy fundraising for their projects.

Monday, Jul. 8, 2019

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École Sage Creek School parents and staff pictured at a parent advisory council meeting before the end of the school year.