The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) Board of Trustees held their annual meeting on Sept. 1 and I am pleased to inform you that with my term expiring, Trustee Louise Johnston has assumed the role of Chair of the Board, while Trustee Pam Kolochuk will serve as Vice-chair.
Trustee Neil Vadeboncoeur will chair the Finance & Audit Committee, Trustee Tom Parker will chair our Negotiations Committee, and I will chair the board's Community Engagement Committee as well our Riel-Evate Committee.
I consider it an honour and a privilege to have served as Chair of the Board for the past two years. School board governance in the time of a global pandemic has brought many challenges. We have worked closely with Superintendent Michalik as the senior and school leaders in LRSD operationalize the recommendations and requirements coming from government and public health officials. In a school division with 40 schools, nearly 16,000 students and more than 2,000 staff, this is a huge responsibility especially when every day brings new announcements, information, and discussions.
The Board extends a very sincere 'thank you' to all LRSD employees for your commitment to student engagement and success, ensuring our schools and buildings are as safe as possible, and for creating environments where our students thrive. This is the culture in LRSD and not just in the time of a pandemic.
We also acknowledge the contributions of students and parents. Your voice has always come through loud and clear in our planning, budgeting, and communication processes, especially in laying the groundwork for the 2020-2021 school year. We recognize this year is going to be unlike any we have known, and we are confident of our community's capacity to collectively navigate whatever comes our way.
The volume of information released to our community throughout the past few months through e-mail, social media and on our website has been staggering, and some would say overwhelming. However, it is reflective of our desire to ensure everyone stays informed and connected. It is also indicative of the substantial amount of time and human resources, which have informed back-to-school preparations and a plan that is sustainable, with safety at the forefront.
The 10 LRSD Task Force Teams that were created to focus on specific areas must be singled out for their ingenuity, tenacity, and perseverance in overcoming some significant challenges on the way to building a back-to-school blueprint unlike no other.
Support each other, be kind, and be patient. Check-in regularly with your family members, friends, colleagues, and co-workers to ensure supportive connections remain in place. Make time for self-care and the things that make you smile. And while it has been said repeatedly, I sincerely hope you find reassurance in the knowledge that we are in this together.
Past-Chair; LRSD Board of Trustees