Head of the class

Goo­goo first Mi’kmaq to head Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria school board

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Dar­ren Goo­goo has been ap­pointed chair of the Cape-Bre­ton Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board.

He is the first Mi’kmaq rep­re­sen­ta­tive to be named as a school board chair in the prov­ince. The ap­point­ment, made by the gov­er­nor-in-coun­cil, takes ef­fect im­me­di­ately.

In Novem­ber, the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria board at­tempted to elect a chair but the vote re­sulted in a time be­tween Lorne Green and John Berk. As a re­sult it be­came the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to ap­point a chair.

Goo­goo is from Mem­ber­tou. He lives there with his wife of 25 years and their three chil­dren, who at­tend schools in both the Mi’kmaq Kina’mat­newey sys­tem and the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria board.

Goo­goo is a teacher, grad­u­at­ing from the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Col­lege in 1994. Since that time he has had ex­pe­ri­ence as both a class­room teacher and ad­min­is­tra­tor.

He is the di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for Mem­ber­tou Mi’kmaq First Na­tion and has held that po­si­tion for the past 19 years. He serves as the First Na­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria school board.

He holds a mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tion from Mount St. Vin­cent Univer­sity and is chair of the Coun­cil on Mi’kmaq Ed­u­ca­tion, vice chair of the Board of Lit­er­acy Nova Sco­tia, a mem­ber of the Purdy Craw­ford Na­tional Com­mit­tee and vice chair of the Canadian Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We are for­tu­nate to have such a re­spected and qual­i­fied per­son as Dar­ren Goo­goo be­ing ap­pointed to chair the school board,” said Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Karen Casey in a news re­lease. “I have ev­ery con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to as­sume this im­por­tant role in help­ing to sup­port stu­dent achieve­ment in the Cape Bre­ton school com­mu­nity.”

Goo­goo be­lieves in life­long learn­ing and con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

“I am very pleased to have Mr. Dar­ren Goo­goo ap­pointed chair of the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board by the gov­ern­ing coun­cil,” said Beth MacIsaac, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria board. “(He) brings to the po­si­tion a ded­i­ca­tion to the achieve­ment of all stu­dents and a unique per­spec­tive on ed­u­ca­tion from his par­tic­i­pa­tion at both the provin­cial and na­tional level.

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