Chairs elected

Gal­lik and Mar­cino to lead Catholic and Pub­lic school boards.


Catholic school trustee Teresa Gal­lik was voted in as chair of the Kenora Catholic Dis­trict School Board at the Tues­day, Dec. 4 board meet­ing, de­feat­ing in­cum­bent can­di­date Frank Ba­s­tone. All six trus­tees voted in the elec­tion.

Gal­lik was giddy af­ter the elec­tion re­sults came in.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for me. I look for­ward to work­ing with our new di­rec­tor start­ing in Fe­bru­ary, (we’ve) got lots of ex­cit­ing things that are go­ing to be hap­pen­ing here at the Kenora Catholic Dis­trict School Board,” Gal­lik said.

Vot­ers first elected Gal­lik as a trustee in 2003. Ba­s­tone was first elected in 2005, but pre­vi­ously served as a trustee in Dry­den.

Gal­lik had kind words for out­go­ing chair Ba­s­tone, call­ing him a strong ad­vo­cate for Catholic ed­u­ca­tion.

As for what is­sues she will fo­cus on as board chair, she de­ferred to Catholic board staff, ed­u­ca­tors and stu­dents for guid­ance.

“The best ex­per­tise is go­ing to come from the staff. They’re the ed­u­ca­tors and the best thing is for me to lis­ten to the staff,” Gal­lik said. “They’re the ed­u­ca­tors, and also to lis­ten to the stu­dents. We know stu­dent voices are very im­por­tant.”

Gal­lik pre­vi­ously served as vice-chair of the board. Trustee Paul Landry was ac­claimed as the new vice chair.

The trus­tees voted to elect the board chair af­ter get­ting sworn in, giv­ing a solemn dec­la­ra­tion and say­ing an oath to Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

Mar­cino to chair KPDSB

The Kee­watin-Pa­tri­cia Dis­trict School Board elected Ce­cile Mar­cino from the Kenora area as chair for a one-year term fol­low­ing 18 years serv­ing as vice-chair. This move comes af­ter the re­tire­ment of long­time KPDSB chair Dave Pen­ney.

Trus­tees Dave Cor­nish, Barb Gau­thier and Ger­ald Kleist all re­ceived nom­i­na­tions for the po­si­tion of vicechair with trustee Ger­ald Kleist ul­ti­mately be­ing elected as vice-chair for a one-year term. Kleist has served as a trustee for the Ear Falls area for 18 years.

The fol­low­ing trustee ap­point­ments were made:

Barb Gau­thier was ap­pointed to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the pe­riod of Dec. 4 to April 12, 2019, and Bob O’Dono­hue was ap­pointed to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the pe­riod of April 22, 2019, to Nov. 30, 2019.

Roger Grif­fiths, Mar­i­lyn Dun­calfe and Michelle Guitard were ap­pointed to the Au­dit and Fi­nance Com­mit­tees for a one-year term.

Eric Bortlis, Dave Cor­nish and Ger­ald Kleist were ap­pointed to the In­dige­nous Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for a one-year term.

Bortlis, Cor­nish and Dar­rin Head were ap­pointed to the Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for a oneyear term.

Gau­thier and Dun­calfe were ap­pointed to the Early Years Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for a one-year term.

Head and Guitard were ap­pointed to the Par­ent In­volve­ment Com­mit­tee or a one-year term.

Jen­nifer Ki­towski was ap­pointed to the trans­porta­tion pol­icy com­mit­tee and the On­tario Pub­lic School Boards’ As­so­ci­a­tion (OPSBA) board of di­rec­tors.


Newly elected Kenora Catholic Dis­trict School Board chair Teresa Gal­lik smiles as she signs her solemn dec­la­ra­tion to the board.

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