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 (currently on leave) and Maya Russell. At the November 26, 2019 Regular Open Board meeting, the Board of Education elected Anita Ansari Chair and Gurveen Dhaliwal Vice-Chair of the Board.

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Trustees

Anita Ansari, Board Chair

Trustee Anita Ansari is serving her second year as School Trustee and was elected Chair at the Board of Education’s meeting in November 2019.
She is school trustee liaison to École Qayqayt Elementary School and serves on the SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Committee.


Gurveen Dhaliwal, Board Vice-Chair

Trustee Gurveen Dhaliwal is serving her second year as School Trustee and was elected Vice-Chair at the Board of Education’s meeting in November 2019.
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.


Dee Beattie

Trustee Dee Beattie is serving her second year as school trustee with New Westminster Schools and was elected Chair of the Education Policy and Planning Committee
in November 2019 and is a representative on the Special Education Advisory Committee. She is trustee liaison to École Glenbrook Middle School,
Lord Kelvin Elementary School, SIGMA Alternate Program, Royal City Alternate Program (RCAP), Power Alternate Secondary School and New West Adult and
Online Learning. She serves as Board Representative to the BC Public School Employers’ Association.


Danielle Connelly

Trustee Danielle Connelly is currently serving her second year as School Trustee and is the 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, and Canadian Parents for French. She is school trustee liaison
for École Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School and Fraser River Middle School.


Mark Gifford

Mark Gifford is serving his sixth 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 Connaught Heights Elementary,
F.W. Howay Elementary and Richard McBride Elementary Schools.


Mary Lalji

Trustee Mary Lalji is serving her fourth year as School Trustee after being elected to the New Westminster Schools Board of Education in 2016.
She is currently on leave.


Maya Russell

Trustee Maya Russell is serving her second year as School Trustee with New Westminster Schools.  She is the school liaison to New Westminster Secondary School
(NWSS) and Home Learners Program at Hume Park. She sits on the school district’s Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and is the
Alternate Representative to the BC School Trustees’ Association.


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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