Biographies

Ward 1 - Red Earth Creek, Nampa & Peace River

Christopher Jeremy Schneider - Ward 1 Candidate - acclaimed

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
I hope to see Peace River School Division continue the good work it’s already done in the areas of literacy and numeracy, particularly in the primary grade levels.  Also, I plan on advocating for more classroom supports hopefully allowing additional resources to be directed to front line educators and support staff.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
Experience and knowledge in the field of education would be my greatest asset.  I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a Bachelor of Education and have extensive experience in the classroom as an educator, grades 1-12, but also at the college level and in the private sector.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the students of PRSD and hope to achieve positive change during my tenure.

Ward 2 – Peace River and rural Peace River

Wendy Goulet – Ward 2 Candidate

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
Flexible innovative programming to help engage all of our learners for success. Meaningful involvement from the students, parents and community to guide the vision.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
I am openminded, upfront, honest, efficient, diverse and have the ability to look at issues with different lenses to get the best outcome. I am always willing to learn and try different ways.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am involved within the community and believe change starts with us.

Crystal Owens - Ward 2 Candidate

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
I do not believe that it is just one persons ideas that make a difference here. I believe that it is the willingness to work as a team with the students best interests in mind. To be able to keep up with the times and things that interest the students and use that as a tool to keep students engaged in activities at their school.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
I grew up around teachers and other school employees. I have a good understanding of what things work in schools and what do not. Being married to someone in the teaching profession has kept me current with the changes that go on within the staff and student bodies of our community schools.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am a believer that “It takes a village to raise a child.” And I think that this “village” can help our students become great members of society. I would just like to do my part to see this happen.

Ward 3 – Rural Peace River, Weberville, Dixonville, Deadwood, Manning and Hawk Hills

Darren Kuester - Ward 3 Candidate - Incumbent
What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
I like the direction the Division is heading with respect to inclusion.  I would like to see us continue down that path where we provide supports to each and every student to help them reach their potential.  I have seen first hand some of the great things our students have done in their communities.  Our Student Engagement Committee has been one of the most rewarding experiences of being a Trustee. 

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of a school trustee? 
I feel my background in operating my own local business, has helped to build relationships that will ultimately help students.  I like to think I am an approachable person and feel it is important to attend School Council meetings and be active and connect with the community.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I have been a Trustee for a total of 3 terms.  It has been a pleasure to watch and share in the successes of the district.  I hope I have represented my constituents well and look forward to the opportunity to continue.  I would ask you all to get out on Oct 16 and exercise your democratic right and vote!

Gerald Loewen – Ward 3 Candidate
What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
In terms of student success I would move for programing that would enable them to pursue their career of first choice.  Programs may need to be implemented to allow that to happen and they need to be sustainable for the long-term. Parents need to be encouraged to take an active role in their child’s education and be aware of what they are being taught. The students need to be excited about school; about learning. They will be doing it all of their life.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
I feel that the most important qualities that I have and that I can bring to the role of a school trustee are my integrity, honesty, transparency and knowing that I will be giving all issues before the Board fair and equitable consideration.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I moved to Manning in 1989; left for a number of years and have now relocated back here to Manning.  I am married and have 2 grown children with 5 grandchildren.I am a retired CPA,CMA and have worked in the health and municipal sectors for 35 years.  My experience as an accountant, treasurer and administrator have enabled me to develop a very analytical approach to solving issues.  I believe in full and open communication and being held accountable for decisions made.  I have served on numerous church and camp boards and sat of provincial municipal and health finance committees. My retirement status will allow me to put the time and effort required to serve PRSD, as trustee, well.

Ward 4 – Peace River, rural Peace River, Shaftesbury and Grimshaw 

Frederick Gordon Churchman –  Ward 4 Candidate - acclaimed 

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
Schools need to be welcoming places for all: students, parents, and staff. Students thrive in a safe, secure, and friendly environments, free from descrimination, bullying, and inequities. Equal opportunities for all. 

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
After working in schools for more than thirty years as a teacher and administrator, I understand the many levels of operations of a school, the interaction between students and teachers; plus, the dynamics between parents and teachers, which can lead to misunderstandings and disputes. 

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am very interested in what's happening in the province and the whole country with regards to improving math skills. I've always had a special interest in work experience and the RAP educational program for high school students to prepare them for future work.

Ward 5 – Grimshaw, rural Grimshaw, Berwyn, Brownvale, Whitelaw, Bluesky, rural Fairview and Deer Hills

Carmen Johnson – Ward 5 Candidate - Incumbent
What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
As always – I want to put the best teachers in our schools to give the students every opportunity to learn, and grow and succeed.           

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?
I bring experience – and knowledge about the communities; I bring a desire to move our school division forward so that when parents bring their children to us they know that will be getting the best education possible with the latest in techniques, technology in a safe and caring environment

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am a mother of grown children,  a grandmother, a community person living in Grimshaw – deep roots throughout the region and a willingness to work with other people to insure we are always the first choice for students and parents in this region.

Lori Leitch – Ward 5 Candidate
What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
My student-centered ideas for moving PRSD forward in its vision of student success in the next four years involves maintaining the momentum that has already been established and continue to build amazing educational teams that support the learning needs of every child. Recruiting and retaining staff and programing that is progressive and goal orientated for healthy student environments and which encourage each child to excel is a top priority for me.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of a school trustee?
The most important quality that I believe I can bring to the role as a school trustee is that I am very capable of viewing issues from multiple perspectives to come up with creative solutions for practical and positive results.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am Peace Country born and raised. My husband (Glenn) and I farm north of Brownvale with our three children whom attend Grimshaw Public School. My interest in education is heartfelt and I am excited to play an active role in making the experience the best it can be for students.

Ward 6 - Fairview and rural Fairview

Robyn Nicole Robertson – Ward 6 Candidate - acclaimed

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
I will advocate for creative and warm environments in our schools. I believe in innovative programs that spark excitement in our kids, getting students into the community, and open communication that helps parents understand what’s happening in education and therefore better support their schools and teachers. There are some wonderful programs already in place at our schools and I will support them to grow. Programs such as robotics, and Destination Imagination are programs that support creative problem solving, technical skills, and teamwork -- all of which are important today..

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of a school trustee? 
I believe my experience is the most important quality I will bring to this role. I have over 13 years of educational experience on multiple levels, including home-education (5 years), independent school administration (5 years), teaching overseas (3 years), and I even worked in the University of Lethbridge bookstore while studying International Management. My experience provides me a unique, open-minded perspective, which will inform me in this role. I love working with kids and living in this community.

What other information do you want people to know about you? 
I’m a lifelong learner, mother to two children, and currently produce educational media about learning, non-traditional education, and parenting through my podcast and blog. In this role, I’ve been fortunate to meet, network, and form relationships with some of North America’s most forward-thinking experts -- including education-focused entrepreneurs, unschooling experts, and parenting. With a background in International Business and private education I’ve travelled, lived, and worked extensively in numerous countries.

Ward 7- Hines Creek, rural Hines Creek, Worsley, Bear Canyon, Cleardale and Clear Hills

James MacKay Ross – Ward 7 Candidate
What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
If elected school board trustee I plan to advocate for smaller class sizes, to improve bussing routes and to increase student safety. Based on the ECmapping results I plan to make Early Childhood programing a priority.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of a school trustee?
The most important qualities I bring to the role of school trustee is my commitment to my ward. As a trustee I plan to engage the communities I represent. I will dedicate myself to listening and being involved with Ward 7. As a father of a young child entering the school system I feel that our communities in Ward 7 need a strong voice to help support our schools, students, staff and families.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I feel that education is important, from early childhood to Adult learning. I feel that Lifelong Learning isn’t just a catch phrase it is a way of life.  I have decided that I want to do something to make our schools better.  I want our schools, families and students to have a voice in their education. I plan to advocate strongly for improved opportunities for our schools and youth. 

Delainah Velichka – Ward 7 Candidate - Incumbent

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Peace River School Division forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?
I would love to serve a second term as the school board trustee for ward seven. I have made many connections with the communities in my time as trustee and work hard to advocate for all learners.  I am passionate to bring the voice of students, parents, staff and community members to the board table.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of a school trustee? 
I bring forth eight years of educational assistant and First Nations Metis and Inuit educational assistant experience with me. I have also coached senior ladies, junior boys and senior mens basketball teams in the past. I am the proud mom to three sons who have attended ward seven schools, a daughter who will attend our schools in the future and I myself am a graduate of Worsley Central School.

What other information do you want people to know about you?
I am dedicated to students and the constituents of Bear Canyon, Cleardale, Worsley and Hines Creek. I attend meetings regularly and I have the time to dedicate myself to our schools and to be the voice of students and families. I am prepared to get feedback and take concerns to my communities and I am available to you.