Long time board mem­ber re­ceives the SSBA Award of Dis­tinc­tion

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Chi­nook School Divi­sion Trustee Larry Caswell was re­cently rec­og­nized for his out­stand­ing ser­vice and sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the youth of the south­west and the prov­ince over the past 40 years.

Caswell ac­cepted the SSBA Award of Dis­tinc­tion dur­ing a spe­cial ban­quet for the Saskatchewan School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion Fall Gen­eral Assem­bly Nov. 16 evening.

“On be­half of our Board, we are proud to see Larry rec­og­nized for his ded­i­ca­tion to ed­u­ca­tion. He has an un­ri­valled pas­sion for stu­dent suc­cess and it is an hon­our to serve as a trustee with him,” said Kim Prid­more, Chair of Chi­nook Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Larry’s first foray into school board af­fairs was on his dis­trict’s lo­cal school board – a fore­run­ner of to­day’s SCCs – in 1978. He was first elected as a trustee in 1988 and has held that po­si­tion for 28 of the past 30 years through evo­lu­tions of ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince. Larry says his work has been en­riched by the many out­stand­ing young men and women he has watched grow and blos­som and the many ed­u­ca­tors and trustees he has been lucky to work be­side and learn from.

“I have known Larry per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally for the past 16 years and I con­sider him an ex­em­plary per­son who is a well-re­spected ad­vo­cate for chil­dren. One of the many re­mark­able lega­cies that Larry has left is Mav­er­ick High School,” said Kyle McIn­tyre, Direc­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion for Chi­nook, “He has had a very pos­i­tive im­pact on youth in our area of the prov­ince and con­tin­ues to serve as a Chi­nook trustee with com­mit­ment, pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm.”

Larry has served as chair, vice-chair, on com­mit­tees and contributed at the pro­vin­cial level. He is cred­ited with help­ing lead a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives of his board. He be­lieves the trustees of our prov­ince have proudly and ef­fec­tively an­swered the chal­lenges fac­ing us and states it is a priv­i­lege to have stood among these de­fend­ers of our chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Larry and his wife Bev have five chil­dren and 14.9 grand­chil­dren, many which have or are at­tend­ing school sys­tems he has been part of. His fam­ily was in­stru­men­tal in his en­trance into school pol­i­tics.

The Chi­nook Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion would like to of­fer a heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to Larry Caswell on re­ceiv­ing this well-de­served award. Larry is truly a cham­pion for stu­dent learn­ing and vul­ner­a­ble stu­dents, a strong ad­vo­cate for ru­ral ed­u­ca­tion and a pos­i­tive change leader.

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