School trustee candidates for SOSD


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

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


Photo by Ligia Braidotti Evelyn Myskiw.

Ward 1 – One candidate will be elected and they are:


Ashpreet Maan 

Supplied photo Diane Cameron.

Maan grew up going to West St. Paul School and graduated with honours from West Kildonan Collegiate. She is currently pursuing an Honours degree at the University of Manitoba with a major in Psychology and a minor in Physiology. 

She has volunteered with the Seven Oaks community for several years, yet during her university years she has worked with various organizations and school divisions all focusing on the literacy needs of students of all ages. 

She says as she became more involved with these programs she found herself aspiring to see programs such as reading circles, writing workshops and math skill building groups, implemented into the West St. Paul community. 

Photo by Ligia Braidotti Derek Dabee.

From her experience, West St. Paul School is constantly overlooked in the school division and it is time to get the programs and a well-implemented curriculum that is needed for the students to thrive, but most importantly a proper space for our students to grow academically, Maan says.


Evelyn Myskiw

Photo by Ligia Braidotti Greg McFarlane.

Myskiw has been living in West St. Paul for almost 30 years and spent 34 years working in the Winnipeg School Division. She is currently the school trustee for SOSD’s Ward 1.

Myskiw has been involved in the completion and opening of Amber Trails Community School, the Maples Common Met School, the R.F. Morrison addition, College Garden City Collegiate shops addition and École Rivière-Rouge Elementary.

She’s also supported the the Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre at College Garden City Collegiate and the new Learning and Service Centre in West St. Paul.

She says if re-elected, she will continue to practice restraint and invest taxpayers’ dollars where they will do the most good in the classrooms. She also says she will continue to be committed to doing what is right for all kids and will continue to be an advocate for fairness and equity for all children, their parents and taxpayers.


Ward 2 – Four candidates will be elected and they are:


Jaspal Bedi

No information was available.


Diane Cameron

Cameron was elected as a school trustee for the SOSD Ward 2 in 2014 and serves the families of The Maples, Amber Trails, Riverbend, River Ridge and River Grove areas.

According to her website, her service is informed by her life growing up and her career as an early years teacher, all in Seven Oaks. Most of her career was in The Maples where it was exciting and fulfilling to work with diverse individuals and become part of many families.

For her, families are the strength of students and the strength of SOSD.  She believes the culture of Seven Oaks, based on relationships and real connections between students and teachers, students and curricular areas, the arts, physical activities and outdoor learning, contribute to graduates being educated, well-rounded, and compassionate citizens.

She commits to making the schools the best they can be while maintaining the cost savings for taxpayers in spite of the financial restraints posed by the low commercial assessment. She will advocate for new schools, needed additions and repairs, and common facilities.


Derek Dabee

Dabee is a former instructor and currently the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Seven Oaks School Division and a part time Community Columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. He is married to Sandy and they have two children, Vivi and Daniel.

During the past two terms on the board, Dabee has assisted in the building of four new schools and renovating several others; keeping taxes low; ensuring classes are safer; and maintaining a graduating rate of 90 per cent.

He also assisted in the opening of six daycare centres with 300 additional spaces; saving parents 70 per cent in school supply through bulk purchasing; and maintaining school gyms opened for after school activities.

Dabee has devoted 24 years of volunteerism and community leadership  and received the Civic Outstanding Volunteer Award. He volunteers as the president at Maples Community Centre, volunteers at the North Winnipeg Community Centres board and three other organizations.


Kelly Legaspi

Legaspi has been living in The Maples for 15 years and is a mother of four. Her family owns The Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy, a non-profit organization and martial arts school.

She is a registered nurse by profession, inspired by her vocation of caring and serving others. She earned her degree and post-graduate studies from the University of the Philippines in 1994 and moved to Canada in 2000.

Throughout the years she has served the community as a secretary and board of directors member at the Filipino Seniors Group of Winnipeg. She was a mentor and resource speaker for the Internationally Educated Nurses in Manitoba and a clinical instructor for Senior Nurses at the Seven Oaks General Hospital, Community Health Nurses and University of Manitoba. She served as a vice-president at the Philippine Nurses Association of Manitoba and Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba; as a speaker for English as a second language classes at the Seven Oaks Adult Learning Centre, Winnipeg Technological Colleges and Immigration Matters Canada; and as a volunteer for Folkolorama, Cancer Care’s Challenge for Life, Asian Heritage Celebration and the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. She has also worked as the program co-ordinator for Citizenship Ceremonies and Mutliculturalism for the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Greg McFarlane

McFarlane is running for re-election as a school trustee in SOSD Ward 2.

He says he is a passionate labour and community activist. With a background in trades, and as an immigrant to Canada, he says he knows the importance of having a voice on the issues that affect all.

He is a father of two and the only school trustee with small children in the division. He says he has a vested interest in ensuring that students have the best possible education.

McFarlane is a former soldier on the Canadian Military Reserve, a Red Seal electrician, and an alumni of the Governors Generals Leadership Conference. He has chaired the Division Policy Committee and received Manitoba’s 2015 Journeyperson Of The Year award.

He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, United Way and as a basketball coach.

He says this and his work for the Manitoba Federation of Labour has given him the experience necessary to bring fresh ideas for improvements, knowledge on how to implement them, and the understanding and appreciation for listening to what people’s concerns are in order to create an environment where all may thrive.


Paul Ong

Ong is a teacher and has experience teaching early, middle and senior years in First Nation Reserves and inner-city schools in Winnipeg. He is currently completing his Masters of Education for Sustainable Well-being at the University of Manitoba. 

Ong says he firmly believes that schools should be a safe place, and a place where learning is fun. Schools are a place where everyone feels a sense of community, and a place that fosters empowerment, acceptance and diversity. It is a place where everyone can be proud of being who they are, he said.

Ong is an active member of the community through his music and advocacies. He participates in numerous community events, and organizes his annual concert for a cause involving youth members and giving back to the community. Ong says he believes that music extends from entertainment and must be used as a platform for more profound causes, such as giving back to the community and providing opportunities for youth to develop, share and pursue their gifts. 

Ong was the representative of Canada for the World Championships of Performing Arts and Watercube Cup; and was part of Canada’s Got Talent and featured as a Hometown Hero in a Tim Hortons commercial.


Maria Santos

No information was available.


Debbie Shane

Shane has been a resident of the SOSD for more than 40 years. She attended Garden City Collegiate and later her three children attend SOSD schools.

For most of her career, she operated a day care service, which she says has given her extensive experience in dealing with young and middle aged children.

She was the treasurer for her son’s Air Cadet squadron and president of the parents association, as well as a volunteer at Siloam Mission for over 5 years. Although she has no working experience in the educational system, she says she believes her past experience in dealing with children and parents in various capacities will help her fulfil the requirements of the position.


Christian Tardi

Tardi is a Seven Oaks resident with a passion for sustaining a healthy and safe educational experience for all. He is a health and safety practitioner by trade and has actively volunteered in the community, having been with the Air Cadets program for over 15 years, leading hundreds of youth in attributes of physical fitness, leadership and citizenship. He is the program co-ordinator of the 3 Rivers Citizens on Patrol (COPP) and says he loves to volunteer as a coach for the Timbits Soccer Program at the Red River Community Club.

He and his wife Gillian and have a son who is entering kindergarten this year. Gillian is an early-middle years teacher, which provides Tardi insight into the expectations the teachers and staff have while educating our children, he says.

He says he also understands the challenges faced by many families in the community both as a parent with a child in school, but also as a taxpaying citizen. Striking a balance of accountability and effective use of resources that is beneficial to all taxpayers in the Seven Oaks School Division is his top priority.

He describes himself as a genuine, energetic, outgoing individual.


Trustees elected by acclamation

In Ward 3, Teresa Jaworski, Edward Ploszay, Claudia Sarbit and Richard Sawka were elected by acclamation.

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