Our Board - Board Members

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 2018 for a 4-year term. They are Anita Ansari, Dee Beattie, Danielle Connelly, Gurveen Dhaliwal, Mark Gifford, Mary Lalji and Maya Russell. The Board of Education held its inaugural meeting November 6, 2018 and elected Mark Gifford Chair of the Board and Anita Ansari Vice-Chair.

 

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Trustees

Mark Gifford, Board Chair

Mark Gifford is serving his fifth year as School Trustee for New Westminster Schools. He represents New Westminster Schools on the Memorialization Advisory Committee and the Sanctuary Schools Committee, and is school trustee liaison for Richard McBride Elementary School.


Anita Ansari, Board Vice-Chair

Anita Ansari is serving her first year as School Trustee and was elected Vice-Chair at the Board of Education’s inaugural meeting in November 2018. She is school trustee liaison to École Qayqayt Elementary School and serves on the SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Committee.


Dee Beattie

Trustee Dee Beattie is serving her first term as school trustee with New Westminster Schools and is trustee liaison to both Lord Kelvin Elementary School and École Glenbrook Middle School. She sits on the school district’s Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and serves as Board Representative to the BC Public School Employers’ Association and Alternate Representative to the BC School Trustees’ Association.


Danielle Connelly

Trustee Danielle Connelly was elected to the Board of Education for her first term in November 2018 and is serving as Chair of the Board of Education Operations Policy and Planning Committee as well as the Board Representative to the BC School Trustees’ Association (BCSTA) Provincial Council.  She is school trustee liaison for École Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School and Fraser River Middle School.


Gurveen Dhaliwal

Trustee Gurveen Dhaliwal is serving her first term with New Westminster Schools and is Chair of the Board’s Education Policy and Planning Committee.  She is school trustee liaison to École Herbert Spencer Elementary School, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School and Queensborough Middle School. She also serves on the school district’s SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Committee and is the Board’s Alternate Representative to the BC Public School Employers’ Association.


Mary Lalji

Trustee Mary Lalji is serving her third year as School Trustee after being elected to the New Westminster Schools Board of Education in 2016.  She is the school trustee liaison for Connaught Heights Elementary School and F.W. Howay Elementary School.  She also serves on the Memorialization Advisory Committee.


Maya Russell

Trustee Maya Russell is serving her first term as School Trustee with New Westminster Schools.  She is the school liaison to New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS), Home Learners Program at Hume Park, the Sigma Program at NWSS, Royal City Alternate Program and Power Alternate Secondary School.


Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

We’re transforming education – starting with our mini-makers

We’re transforming education – starting with our mini-makers

When kindergarten kids take up hammers and drills to make boxes, benches, and birdhouses, they’re gaining not only practical skills - but problem-solving and design thinking skills too... more

It’s Official! New Westminster Schools is a place where students love to learn…

It’s Official! New Westminster Schools is a place where students love to learn…

Charting a course in a time of change: School trustees have renewed the Vision and Mission for New Westminster Schools that will guide and inspire the district into the future... more

We’re taking Reconciliation to heart…

We’re taking Reconciliation to heart…

Out in the field at École Lord Tweedsmuir elementary school, 350 students are standing in a cool spring rain. The last note of a drumming song has faded - and in the silence, each student places a rock in their new garden riverbed.... more

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