Longtime Terrace trustee resigns

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A Terrace area trustee by-election is set for mid-January following the resignation of a longtime Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) trustee, who has stepped down to be closer to important medical services in Kamloops.

The school district board accepted Art Erasmus’ resignation at it’s monthly meeting on Dec. 16.

“My time with this board has been rewarding, it’s been an honour to work with the high calibre of teachers and administrators here in School District 82 and I wish all of you the very best as you continue your work on behalf of students so they become better adults,” Erasmus said during the meeting.

Erasmus served as the board chair from Dec. 2011 to Nov. 2015, and was honoured by the BC School Trustees Association for his service as a trustee over several consecutive terms. Erasmus has been a trustee since first being elected in 2005.

“You have committed your life to students, learning and education, and through that not only have you positively impacted so many lives, you’ve mentored so many people, me being one of them,” said Shar McCrory, trustee, during the meeting.

“I just want to thank you for your lifelong commitment to public education and you’ve done an amazing job, thank you.”

The school district presented Erasmus with a framed picture of Terrace at the virtual meeting. A by-election for the Terrace electoral area will be held from mid-January to mid-March to fill the vacancy. Cathy Jackson was appointed to act as the chief election officer for the upcoming by-election.

Also at the Dec. 16 meeting, Trustee Margaret Warcup assumed her new role as board chair following the annual board elections. She replaces Shar McCrory, who was honoured at the meeting with a CMSD82 golden apple. Raymond Raj is now vice-chair.

“Firstly I want to say I was honoured to be elected to position of board chair at last month’s regular board meeting and I look forward to fulfilling my duties in that role,” said Warcup at the Dec. 16 meeting.

“On behalf of the board we wish to acknowledge and extend our sincere thanks to Trustee Shar McCrory for her contributions and board chair for the past five years.”

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News