One of my priorities as a Trustee was to improve communication between the board and community. One of the strategies I’ve undertaken is the development of this website and blog. I endeavor to provide timely updates to the community about WSD news and the work of the board as a Ward Trustee.
Last night the first regular meeting of the board occurred for the 2016/ 2017 school year. As is customary at the first meeting the election of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the board is conducted in addition to committee assignments. Due in part to term limits set out in our by-laws, Mark Wasyliw would not be returning to the role of Chair of the board.
Sherri Rollins was elected as Chair after serving as Vice-Chair over the past year. She brings incredible leadership and a depth of knowledge to the role. As one of the few Indigenous Trustees in the country, Sherri’s assent to Chair is not only historic but long overdue for the Winnipeg School Division. It was fitting that the board also started last night’s historic meeting with an acknowledgment of the Indigenous People of Canada.
I’m humbled and honoured to fulfill the role of Vice-Chair of the Board or Trustees. In addition, my colleagues elected me to the Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee for a second year.
Standing Committee Chairs for 2016/2017:
- Policy & Program: Trustee Naylor
- Building & Transportation: Trustee Wasyliw
- Public Relations & Communication: Trustee Koshelanyk
Special Committee Chair:
- Governance: Trustee Freedman
Trustee Koshelanyk introduced a notice of motion that would see WSD procedural by-laws changed to incorporate the oath of office into the post election meeting process.
The Winnipeg School Division has a vacant seat on the board with the June resigination of Ward 7 Trustee Allan Beach. The City of Winnipeg will be conducting the by-election to fill that seat with election day falling on November 5.
The Winnipeg School Division will also be entering into funding agreements with the Province of Manitoba to support excellent student centered programs and services including:
- Interdivisional Program for Students with Autism (I.P.S.A.)
- Inner City Science Centre (ICSC) – Niji Mahkwa School
- Interdivisional Student Services (I.S.S.)
- Adult Learning Centres – Kaakiyow li moond Likol
- “Fresh Start” Project, A Supportive Transition Program for Aboriginal Young Adults
I’d like to acknowledge past Chair Mark Wasyliw for his leadership as Chair over the past 2 years. Mark has shown himself to be a leader in the area of education policy, not only in WSD but across the province. His work to improve board transparency and governance while simultaneously working to improve student support and services will have a lasting impact on the WSD and it’s students. Inclusiveness, equity, and sustainable development in the division have benefited greatly from Mark’s knowledge and leadership. I expect bigger and better things from Trustee Wasyliw in the years ahead.
Updated September 19: Link to meeting video