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Local Government Week Proclaimed in SK

November 14, 2022

​November 14-20 has been proclaimed Local Government Week in Saskatchewan. We're celebrating the folks who step forward for our school communities. Locally elected Board of Education govern the 27 school divisions across Saskatchewan, ensuring local voices are at the heart of public education and meeting the needs of students in our communities.

Get to know the trustees of Northwest School Division below:

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​Glen Winkler is the current Chair of the NWSD board and represents the City of Meadow Lake.


Why did Glen become a trustee?
"I have always enjoyed working in Education. Local Boards are essential to represent the unique nature of our community​."

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​Terri Prete is the current Vice-Chair of the NWSD Board. Terri represents the rural area around Meadow Lake, as well as the communities of Rapid View and Loon Lake.

Why did Terri become a trustee?

"I believe education is one of the greatest privileges we have. I became a trustee because I wanted to be an advocate for the communities I represent as well as all students across our division. Having direct relationships with those who are affected by the board's decisions ensures that every choice we make is in the best interest of those we are accountable to. No matter what students' individual circumstances, schools should be a safe place where academic, social, and mental wellbeing can be a positive experience.

Local boards are accountable to their electorate as well as the province. As boards we write board policy to ensure those involved in education are working to ensure the best possible outcome for our students and communities. Trustees build and maintain collaborative relationships within their communities that provide insight when making decisions that affect students and families.

The proper use of budget money is another important directive of the board. Seeing first hand the state of our school buildings, class sizes, and needs of students and staff allows us to allocate money to where we feel it will best serve those in our division. I feel that everyone elevates to a higher standard when they have someone to be accountable to and for. The Director of Education is accountable to the local school board who are accountable to the communities they serve. At the end of the day we want to be able to stand behind the decisions we make in the best interest of students and communities."​


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​Mark Campbell represents the communities of Dorintosh, Goodsoil and Pierceland.

Why did Mark become a trustee?
"I had children enrolled in NWSD. I feel local influence in education is important. I think that having a voice with the provincial education advocacy groups is helpful to ensure strong support of rural schools.​"

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​Bev Josuttes-Harland represents the communities of St. Walburg, Paradise Hill and St. Walburg.

Why did Bev become a trustee?
"I wanted to be a trustee because the education of our youth is a passion of mine. I believe in the public education system and want to be an advocate for a system that affects the leaders of tomorrow. School boards in the community are here to represent the local voices, their values, views, and desires for the public schools in their district.​"

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​Charles Stein represents the communities of Turtleford, Livelong and Mervin.

Why did Charles become a trustee?
"I began my involvement with the education of students, as a teacher, in 1970! There is no greater reward than to see the excitement of student achievement at a level that even goes beyond their expectations. To be a part of that excitement at another level lead me to serving on the Division Board in my retirement.
The farther away from the situation, the less likely to achieve a result that fits the condition, so I believe local input into that, perhaps life changing decision, is a necessary part of our education picture."​

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​Janice Baillargeon represents the communities of Glaslyn, Edam and Vawn.

Why did Janice become a trustee?
"The reason I became a trustee is to be part of a team making effective decisions for our stakeholders. I believe we make the best decisions concerning our NWSD students.
Local boards are important because they represent our local communities' decisions. NWSD has a variety of communities with various needs. The local board understands and addresses the concerns."​

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​John Anderson represents the communities of Maidstone, Paynton and Waseca.

Why did John become a trustee?
"I first represented Maidstone for the Battle River School Division, and when the boards amalgamated, I wanted to represent Maidstone with the larger board."
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​Andrea Perillat represents Hillmond, Lone Rock and Marshall.

Why did Andrea become a trustee?
"I wanted to get more involved with my children’s education. I started on the SCC and when I heard there was a vacancy on the board I decided to run. I truly did not know why local school boards were important when I ran but I have learnt so much since then. Local trustees know their communities and their needs.​"

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​Faith Graham represents the communities of Lashburn, Marsden and Neilburg.

Why did Faith become a trustee?
"I wanted to be sure that when my kids left school after graduation they would have everything they needed academically to succeed.
I believe we should have a local voice. Decisions made too far away from the source tend to be too broad and too far removed from the community's realities and values.​"

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​Barb Seymour represents the city of Meadow Lake.

Why did Barb become a trustee?

"I wanted to be a trustee to ensure decision making about our students is kept at a local level and to ensure tax dollars are spent on programs that suit our students. I wanted to be involved at the board level to ensure we are hiring the best teachers and administration for our schools and division.
I do believe local school boards are important for these same reasons today. Having a provincial board would not be conducive to our rural division, as it would be too far removed from the unique needs of our division."​

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​Patricia Main represents the community of Flying Dust First Nation.

Why did Patricia become a trustee?
"To be a voice & be visible for our Indigenous people, I grew up on Flying Dust First Nation, and went to school in Meadow Lake. I am a third generation residential school survior. My parents valued education and made sure that we worked hard to become role models for the next generation. As an Indigenous person growing up we didn't see any visible Indigineous people and didn't learn much of the history of our people. It was not until I went to Unversity and learned about history and what took place with our people. I received my education degree and taught high school and served at an all Native University in Lawrence, Kansas called Haskell Indian Nations University. To see First Nations people who are in these positions in education inspired me to become a local board member and to be a part of reconciliation within our community and surrounding area. Local school boards are important because they help improve student learning, and advocate for students. Being on the board has helped me to understand the procedures, policies, budgets and to have a clear, overall picture of the education system in Saskatchewan and knowing that we all play a role in education and helping the next generation to be successful."​