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Jennifer Sarlo returns as public board chair

Board elects new vice chair, welcomes four new trustees
Algoma District School Board held their inaugural meeting on Dec. 4. Jennifer Sarlo was acclaimed and will continue in her role as chair of the board while Russell Reid will be vice chair having been nominated by trustee Rankin and approved by the board.

Chair Jennifer Sarlo

Jennifer Sarlo was first elected as a trustee for the Algoma District School Board in 2006 serving Ward One in Sault Ste. Marie. In 2009, Jennifer became vice chair of the board and in December 2011, she was elected as chair. 

She has served as an alternate member of the Ontario Public School Board Association’s (OPSBA’s) Policy Committee. 

In her years with the board, Jennifer has also taken an active role in the School Effectiveness Visits and has been on the New Schools Steering Committee. She has been a member of the Finance and Operations Committee, the Discipline Committee and the External Audit Committee.  

Prior to being elected to the Algoma District School Board, Jennifer was the chair of ADSB’s School Council Coordinating Committee (SCCC) now known as the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). She was also the chair of Grand View Public School’s School Council. 

She has always been very supportive and involved in the elementary and high schools her children attended (Grand View, Korah and White Pines). Jennifer is also an involved and respected member of her community and her church.

Jennifer addressed the board following her acclimation: 

“I am honoured to continue to serve the Algoma District School Board as its chair for my seventh year. Thank you Trustee Thayer for your nomination and thank you fellow trustees for your confidence and continued support. I look forward to working with Vice Chair Russell Reid and I want to thank Sheryl Evans-Price for her leadership for the past two years. 

Our first order of business will be to provide support and professional development for our 4 newly elected trustees. We welcome you to our board and look forward to working with you. Your unique experiences will bring new perspectives to our group and we look forward to learning alongside you as we serve our students and communities. 

The learning curve can be steep and we want to ensure that you feel informed and engaged from the outset. We look forward to maintaining the strong, respectful relationships, for which our board is known, with our Director Lucia Reece and the passionate team of leaders who join us around this table.”

Vice chair Russell Reid 

Russell has served the communities of North Algoma and Chapleau as trustee since 1994. 

He was ADSB chair for two years and vice chair for four years. Committees of special interest have included principal and vice principal selections, director and superintendent selections, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), and many others over the years. 

As a resident of Wawa since 1989, Russell has two sons who have graduated from Sir James Dunn Public School and Michipicoten High School. 

Russell believes that everyone, from pre-school to adult, who enters an ADSB site, deserves to graduate as a 'Confident Learner and Caring Citizen', able to contribute to our communities, province and country.

He looks forward to the new term in the position of vice chair, with enthusiasm, knowing the value of this important position of responsibility.

OPSBA Committee Appointments

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) requests that each board appoint a director to OPSBA Board of Directors and a voting delegate to the Annual General Meeting of OPSBA. Boards are also requested to appoint alternates for these positions. These appointments are for one year terms.

At the inaugural meeting the board confirmed the appointment of trustee Sheryl Evans-Price as director to OPSBA Board of Directors and voting delegate for the Annual General Meeting of Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for 2019.

The board confirmed the appointment of trustee Susan Thayer as the alternate for the director to OPSBA Board of Directors and voting delegate to Ontario Public School Boards’ Annual General Meeting for 2019.

Algoma District School Board welcomes four new Trustees

At the Dec. 4 inaugural meeting, Algoma District School Board (ADSB) introduced and welcomed four new trustees for the Dec. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2022 term.

Greg Bowman is the new ADSB trustee representing Ward 3. Greg is a Senior Electrical Planner working at Central Trades at Algoma Steel.

For over 15 years, he has been a committed member of Sault College's Electrical Advisory Committee, which consists of various industry representatives. Committees such as this are mandated by the province to ensure that trades programs produce graduates who will meet the needs of employers.

Greg believes strongly in making students aware of opportunities in the trades, as tradespeople and technical specialists.   

Greg has recently been elected to his second term as trustee on the Executive of United Steel Workers Local 2724, and prior to that held both guard and guide executive positions. He has both an Electrical Engineering Technologist Diploma from Sault College and a Diploma in Photography from Fanshawe College – two very different programs that have provided Greg a well-rounded perspective on post-graduate education. 

Greg has volunteered with different youth activity groups. He was the past president of the Navy League of Canada Sault Ste. Marie Branch and is currently a member of the 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadets sponsoring committee. 

Marie Murphy-Foran has been elected to represent the City of Elliot Lake on the Algoma District School Board.

Marie has worked as a master trainer for the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation since 1996 and served as the senior associate for Northern Ontario. Her areas of interest include customer service, workforce development, healthcare and projects specific to transferable skills. 

She has travelled regionally, nationally and internationally providing training and consultations. She was the strategic facilitator for the Elliot Lake Centre of Development as part of the adjustment process after the mall collapse between 2012 and 2015.

Over the past 10 years, Marie has provided Service Excellence training at Elliot Lake Secondary School (ELSS) and has taught in the Duel Credit Course Tourism and Hospitality at ELSS as a professor for Sault College.

Currently, Marie volunteers as chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the City of Elliot Lake, is the education representative on the Resource Management Advisory Committee for North Shore Forest and is co-chair for the Patient Family Advisory Committee for the North East LHINS. She is a founding member and current vice chair of the Solutions Group, a not for profit organization specializing in workforce development in East Algoma.

Marie believes our future is dependent on all students gaining the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to succeed in a global economy. Her view of the role of the trustee is one of advocacy, that can influence both board and government policy.

Susan Myers is the newly elected ADSB Trustee for Ward 2. Susan sat on Sault Ste Marie City Council as the Ward 2 representative for three consecutive terms (2006, 2010 and 2014). 

During her 12 years on City Council, Susan sat on a number of different boards and committees and chaired many. She believes that good decisions come from the wisdom and deliberation of the whole, which takes place on boards and committees.

During her last term on City Council, Susan became increasingly concerned about student achievement. She hopes to bring her civic experience gained as a city councillor to the position of trustee on the ADSB and help move the yardstick towards improved outcomes in order that all students might shine even more brightly.

Prior to her years on City Council, Susan was the first manager of marketing and Tourism for the city's Economic Development Corporation and led the brand marketing for fourteen years. She has volunteered on various boards such as Sault College, the Art Gallery, the Crisis Pregnancy Centre and the Board of Managers at her church, Westminster Presbyterian.  

One fulfilling career accomplishment was the development and implementation of the city's first ever marketing brand logo and slogan 'Naturally Gifted'.

Susan believes our children are part of our 'Naturally gifted' community in the Sault and throughout Algoma. Each child has been created with unique and special gifts that we as education leaders, must foster, promote and support in order that these young people can grow and take their own special place in the future of our communities.

Sheila Nyman has been elected as the ADSB trustee for the North Shore. 

Sheila was born and raised on the North Shore. She is a graduate of Iron Bridge Public school and WC Eaket Secondary School. 

The high school she graduated from is the very high school she retired from. Sheila was a secondary school teacher, vice principal and principal with the Algoma District School Board, retiring from WC Eaket in 2015. 

Sheila has her Special Education Specialist and in her time with ADSB sat on a variety of committees including the Parent Involvement Committee and the Parent Advisory Committee. 

Sheila was part of the District Review Teams for School Effectiveness Framework. She was also an active member of the board’s Aboriginal Focus Group and the Mental Health Team.  

Much like her predecessor (Bob McEachren), Sheila was motivated to run for trustee as she continues to have a passion for public education and believes that she brings a unique perspective to the table as a former educator and principal emeritus. Sheila’s husband, Ellis, was also a teacher and principal with Algoma District School Board, now retired. In her spare time, Sheila volunteers at the Algoma Manor and the Algoma Manor Family Council.