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About Our Board

The Board of Education, in accordance with the School Act, is a policy-making body whose primary function is to establish procedures and guidelines for the operation of public schools. Local boards of education are responsible for producing a budget, administering expenditures, and liaising with individual schools through the School Trustee Liaison Program, as well as for several basic functions including:

  • Policy, Planning and Evaluation
  • Action on Legal Requirements
  • Selection of Senior Personnel
  • Public Relations

Members of the Board of Education for New Westminster Schools  were elected in November 2014 for a 4-year term.  On June 11, 2016 a By-election was held and Mary Lalji, the successful candidate, was sworn in as School Trustee on June 21, 2016.

Our Board Members

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Kelly Slade-Kerr

Acting Chair

Kelly Slade-Kerr is serving her second year as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools and is currently serving as Acting Chair for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year.
Trustee Slade-Kerr the Board’s liaison to Lord Kelvin Elementary School.

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Mark Gifford

Acting Vice-Chair

Mark Gifford is serving his second year as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools. Mark is currently employed as Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, at Vancouver Foundation and has spent the past 20 years developing partnerships, programs and policies that strengthen communities.
Trustee Gifford is the Chair of the Board’s Education Policy and Planning Committee; Board Representative to the British Columbia Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA); and is Trustee liaison to FW Howay and Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary Schools, the POWER Program, and the Aboriginal Education Program.

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Jonina Campbell

Jonina Campbell was re-elected as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools for a 2nd term and as Chairperson for the 2016 calendar year. At the October 25, 2016 Open Board Meeting Chair Campbell submitted her letter of resignation as Board Chair but will remain on the Board of Education as a Trustee. Vice Chair Kelly Slade-Kerr took on the role of Acting Chair and Trustee Mark Gifford assumed the role of Acting Vice Chair.
Trustee Campbell is the Board’s liaison to New Westminster Secondary School, a member of the Teaching & Learning in Diverse Classrooms Committee, and represents the Board on the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC).

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Casey Cook

Trustee

Casey Cook is serving his 3rd term as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools.
Trustee Cook is Chair of the Neighbourhoods of Learning Advisory Committee and the Trustee liaison to Fraser River Middle School and Queensborough Middle School.

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Michael Ewen

Trustee

Michael Ewen is serving his 37th year as a School Trustee and has the distinction of being the longest-serving trustee in the province. Trustee Ewen is the Board’s Alternate Representative on the BC School Trustees’ Association (BCSTA) Provincial Council.
Trustee Ewen is the Board’s Liaison to Connaught Heights and Herbert Spencer Elementary Schools, the Montessori Program, RCAP and Access New West Virtual School.

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James Janzen

Trustee

James Janzen was born and raised in New Westminster and is currently serving his eighth term as School Trustee on the Board of Education for New Westminster Schools. Trustee Janzen is the Board’s Representative on the BC School Trustees’ Association (BCSTA) Provincial Council.
Trustee Janzen is Chair of the Board’s Operations Policy and Planning Committeep; Trustee liaison to Ecole Qayqayt and Richard McBride Elementary Schools, the Adult Learning Centre and to the French Immersion Programs of Choice.

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Mary Lalji

Trustee
Mary Lalji is serving her first term as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools.
Trustee Lalji was the successful candidate to fill the seat vacated by former Trustee Mortensen and was sworn in as School Trustee on June 21, 2016. Trustee Lalji is the Trustee Liaison to Glenbrook Middle school, Queen Elizabth Elementary School and the Home Learners Program.

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School Spirit starts here: Qayqayt lights some fireworks!

School Spirit starts here: Qayqayt lights some fireworks!

The whole school was in on it - and the result was Fireworks! École Qayqayt Elementary School launched a school wide “Lip Dub” video of every student singing that is as fun to watch as it clearly was to make... more

A Rotary Gift of Literacy for Fraser River Middle School

A Rotary Gift of Literacy for Fraser River Middle School

It is a big help if you are a brand new school starting up a brand new “Learning Commons” to receive a $5,000 gift in support of literacy.... more

NWSS students launch clubs for fun, justice, science, and the planet…

NWSS students launch clubs for fun, justice, science, and the planet…

October 2016 - Student leaders at New Westminster Secondary School this year launched the largest number of clubs at the high school yet - a record-breaking 51 clubs that run the gamut from peace and justice, to math and STEM clubs, to jewelry making and Lego building... more