Official Ward Four School Trustee By-Election Results

Official Ward Four School Trustee By-Election Results

Official Ward Four School Trustee By-Election Results

For immediate release

October 10, 2019 –Following the resignation of the Ward four (4) Trustee in January 2019 the Peace River School Division (PRSD) Board of Trustees voted to hold a By-Election on May 22, 2019. At the time of the first By-Election no nomination papers were brought forward and due to the provincial election there was no extension to the By-Election at that time. The Board of Trustees did hold a second By-Election to fill the Ward four (4) vacancy with the Nomination Day being October 4, 2019. As no nominations were received by 12:00 noon on Nomination Day an extension of six (6) days became in effect according the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).  Nominations remained open and could be received between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 pm from October 7 – 11, 2019. Per the LAEA during the extension period nominations would close at 12:00 pm the day a nomination is received. A nomination from Richard Walisser was received on Wednesday October 9, 2019 before 12:00 pm.

Richard Walisser is now the school trustee for Ward four, representing the areas of Peace River, Rural Peace River, Grimshaw and Shaftesbury.  “We welcome Richard as Ward four trustee and look forward to working with him in his new role,” says Board Chair Darren Kuester.

Richard grew up in the Fairview area and went to the University of Lethbridge, where he completed a degree in Bachelor of Management with a major in Finance in 1989.  He relocated to Peace River in 1995 and worked in the public housing sector for 30 years before recently retiring.  When asked about activities he enjoys in his spare time, he said: “I have recently started to play pickleball, and I love it.”  Mr. Walisser has an extensive and impressive list of giving back to the community which has included past president of the Grimshaw Rotary Club, Peace River Minor Hockey Board of Directors, Vice-President of Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association, Board member of the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies and Peace River Curling Club executive.   Richard and his wife, who is a K-12 school principal in Falher, are the proud parents of two adult children who are taking post-secondary studies at the University of Moncton and MacEwan University. 

When asked why he wanted to be a trustee for Peace River School Division, he said “I have been involved in public service all my life and I love giving back to the community”, he goes on to say “I am very excited about being a trustee and I believe I have the qualities and experience that will benefit the Board of Trustees and Peace River School Division”

Richard will participate in an orientation for his new role which will occur on October 23, 2019.