Catholic Division officially welcomes new school board

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On Friday the Prince Albert Catholic School Division made the results of the trustee election held on Monday, Nov. 9 official.

With the recent elections complete and the official notification of results having been received, the Prince Albert Catholic Schools Division warmly welcomed the newly elected Board of Education.

“For over 133 years, all of the Boards of Education have done a tremendous job of preserving and supporting quality Catholic education. We are grateful for the commitment and dedication that these very special people have given to our local Catholic educational community. We look forward to working with the newly elected and re-elected trustees to continue this endeavour,” director of education Lorel Trumier said in a media release.

According to the division, the Board of Education enters at a time where board collaboration and policy governance will be needed as the province is experiencing a global and historical pandemic.

The elected members of the Board of Education are re-elected Maurice Chalifour, newly elected Chrissy Halliday, re-elected Patrick Hordyski, re-elected Albert Provost, newly elected Andrea Ring, newly elected Darryl Sande and re-elected Suzanne Stubbs.

Stubbs led the way with votes on Monday with 1,533 votes; placing second was Ring with 1,260 votes. In third place was incumbent Hordyski with 1,036 votes and in fourth place was Halliday with 1,036 votes. Placing fifth was Provost with 1,006 votes. Earning the final of six trustee positions was Sande with 804 votes. Marcia Coulic-Salahub finished seventh with 784 votes. In eighth place was Gloria Mahussier with 752 votes and in eighth place was Zenik Rabeij with 524 votes.

On Tuesday morning a winner was declared in the Prince Albert Catholic School Division’s rural subdivision with incumbent Chalifour winning another term as a trustee on the school board.

Chalifour received 36 votes and challenger Darlene Slater received eight votes.

Following the final meeting of the board in its previous form on Oct. 26 Trumier addressed the work that the former board completed. She explained that they faced the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic head on.

“They have always risen to the challenge. They were ready to do what they needed to do and they supported our students and our staff and our community as elected officials. They have done some great work and I am looking forward to meeting the new board after the election,” Trumier said.

“This board has served us well and they have done some great work. Some of them are long-standing and long serving members of this community and I think that demonstrates the confidence that this community has had in them. I think that is a very positive way to end this board’s tenure and we will see what comes next,” she added.

There were two vacant seats for the Catholic Division in the City entering the election.

Not running for election was former in-city trustee Bill Tomyn.

Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald