Board Chair:   Lenora Trenaman

Vice-Chair:  Sharon Nazaroff

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Crawford Bay and Nelson Family of Schools

Lenora Trenaman
Crawford Bay, East Shore & North Shore)

Lenora was first elected to the Kootenay Lake Board of Education in 2005. Born and raised in Creston, Lenora is married and has lived in the Balfour area for over 30 years. Lenora’s involvement in education started when her daughter, now in university, began kindergarten at Redfish Elementary School in 1998.  What at first began as an interest in her daughter’s education, later expanded to advocating for all students in the District as well as in the province.She was first an active member and representative of Parent Advisory Councils, the District Parent Advisory Council and the BC Confederation of PACs. Lenora was a trained student/parent advocate and workshop facilitator providing these volunteer services to parents throughout the district and province.Her first love is the quality of education for children, and to encourage community participation in educationLenora has continued in her commitment through her participation at the Board table to work with various committees, such as the Policy, Education, Finance, Special Education, Transportation and French Advisory committees.
Creston Family of Schools

Cody Beebe
(South Rural Zone)

Cody Beebe

Cody was first elected in 2014.  Cody was born and raised in Creston and was an active parent advisory council (PAC) member.  He has three children enrolled in SD8.

Rebecca Huscroft
(South Rural Zone)

Rebecca was elected as School Trustee for the Creston South Rural area in November 2011. Rebecca was born in Calgary, AB and raised in the Creston Valley where she graduated from PCSS. Rebecca attended college in Cranbrook, BC and Lethbridge, AB.Five years ago Rebecca and her husband, Cory, who also grew up in Creston, returned to the valley with their two children, Ethan (14) and Meredith (12). The family moved from Invermere, BC where they had been self employed in the logging industry for many years.Both children are students at Homelinks and are very active in the horse community with 4H and team roping. Rebecca thoroughly enjoys being involved with her children and their horses. Rebecca has been very involved with the school PACs ever since the children first attended school at Eileen Madson Primary in Invermere. Rebecca also sat on the Arts Council in Invermere for a number of years. She strongly feels that as parents our children are the most important thing we will ever do.

Heather Suttie
(Town of Creston)

Heather Suttie

Heather was acclaimed as Trustee for the Town of Creston in November, 2014. She was born and raised in Southwestern Manitoba and obtained her first degree in psychology from Brandon University. Later, she attended Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, completing her law degree in 1990. Heather practiced law for a number of years mostly in the areas of family and criminal law.
Heather has lived in Creston since 1995 with her husband and two children. Both of children are graduates of Prince Charles Secondary School. Her daughter Katerina is now completing her degree in financial mathematics and economics at the University of Victoria and her son Lukas, is in his first year of engineering at the College of the Rockies. Her children were fortunate enough to be involved in international student exchanges during their high school years, with Katerina going to France and Lukas to Chile.
Heather is currently the chair of the Creston-Kootenay Foundation which is dedicated to managing an endowment fund of over 1 million dollars, to benefit communities from Yahk through to Riondel.
Kaslo Family of Schools

Dawn Lang
(Village of Kaslo & North Rural Zone-Area D)

Dawn has been acclaimed for a third term November, 2014.  Dawn was raised in Chilliwack and has lived in Meadow Creek, then Kaslo for the past 29 years.  She completed her Bachelor of General Studies with Simon Fraser University in 2006 and continues to take courses leading to professional and personal growth.Dawn currently sits on the Labour Management Committee, Bargaining Committee, Education Committee and the BCSTA Kootenay Boundary Branch and is the Chair of the Regional District Recreation Commission No. 2.
Dawn has been involved in public education for most of her working life and considers it a privilege to work with parents, staff and regulatory bodies to ensure that we provide quality education to all our children.
Dawn is currently employed by Selkirk College with a regional portfolio. Her husband, Rob is semi-retired and has recently been elected to the Kaslo Village Council.  We both enjoy the outdoors and you can find Rob on the local golf courses and Dawn on the beautiful running trails in our area.
Nelson Family of Schools

Bill Maslechko
(City of Nelson/Bealby Point)

First elected in 2005, Bill is in the beginning stages of his third term as one of Nelson’s representatives on the Board of Education, School District No. 8.  Bill, his wife Lecia and family arrived in Nelson in 1977 when Bill came to the then, School District No. 7 Nelson as the Superintendent of Schools, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.  His background in the public education system covers the spectrum of teacher, vice-principal, principal and superintendent.  In the community, Bill has served on the Nelson Police Board, the Hospital Foundation, and is still a member on the Community Futures Board.As long time Nelson residents, Bill and Lecia are very committed to the community in general and have very strong ties to its educational component.  Lecia was a teacher in the district, their daughter teaches at Rosemont School, their children are all graduates of L.V. Rogers and they presently have three grandchildren enrolled in Nelson schools.

Curtis Bendig
(City of Nelson/Bealby Point)

Curtis Bendig is a trained educator and proud father. He believes a strong, vibrant public education system is fundamental to a healthy society. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and has taught in both Canada and Asia.Curtis and his wife Tessa were thrilled to welcome their first child to the world earlier this year earlier. They look forward to introducing her to all the things they love about the Nelson area like hiking, snowboarding and camping.
Salmo and Nelson Family of Schools

Bob Wright
(Salmo, Taghum & Blewett)

Bob Wright

First elected to the Board of Education in November 2005. Bob is currently in his third term as an elected board member from  the City of Nelson.  Bob was born in Victoria and soon moved to Prince Rupert and then Nelson at the age of ten.  Having spent my formative years in Nelson attending Hume School, Trafalgar and eventually graduating from LV Rogers in 1976. After graduating from high school Bob went on to achieve a diploma in forestry from Selkirk College.Bob’s career was mainly in the forest industry, running a silviculture business in the 1980’s and then working for Slocan Forest Products before ending his forestry career in 2002. He then started a tourism business for the next 6 years before changing again. Currently Bob is employed by Kootenay Career Development Society delivering employment services in Nelson and Castlegar.Bob  and his wife adopted two, 4 day old twin children in 1992 and watched them grow into young adults through the public school system.   Bob enjoys biking, running, skiing and volunteering for many community organizations from Nelson and Area Economic Partnership, Community Futures, and Canadian Society for Social Development.
Slocan Valley Family of Schools

Sharon Nazaroff
(Slocan Valley/Bonnington)

Sharon Nazaroff

Sharon is excited to be a new Trustee for Sd8. Born in Nelson and raised in Krestova she and her husband Ken raised 3 children who attended area schools. Currently she has a granddaughter at Brent Kennedy School. Sharon is an Early Childhood Educator and presently works as a StrongStart facilitator for Sd20 at Robson School. Believing that learning is a life long pursuit she has recently attended the Leadership Institute through ECEBC and is a guide in Ethical Decision Making. Sharon continues to be involved in her community Krestova and is Co-chair of the WK ECEBC Branch.