I was born and raised in Moose Jaw and am now retired in Riverhurst on Lake Diefenbaker. Riverhurst is my full time retirement home. I love to golf and fish, so this is the perfect location for me. Currently I am the deputy Mayor of Riverhurst, Co-Chair of Palliser Regional Park and a Board Member of Palliser Plains Co-Op. My wife Judy and myself love this area and believe in the betterment of the Community in general. I am open minded and have common sense. I believe that good education including extracurricular activities in the Rural areas is so important and although I do not have any children in the system feel that I have something to add to the School Board. I need a chance and your support so that I can present my ideas.
My name is Darcy Pryor and I’m seeking re-election as a School Board trustee in subdivision 1. My husband Jared and I currently run a farm/ranch operation and have two school aged children in grades 6 and 8. I feel honoured to be a School Board trustee over these past 4 years, and I have enjoyed supporting the schools and communities I have served. I have gained invaluable experience in dealing with some of the difficult challenges rural families and schools can face. I believe our rural schools maintain a high standard of education and have many unique strengths. I commit to stay in touch with all of the communities to hear directly from them what specific concerns they may have, and continue to be a strong advocate for them. With passion and dedication, I will represent and support the local goals for each community within subdivision 1.
Robert Bachmann has served on the Prairie South Schools Board of Education since 2014. Robert is married and has 6 children, 4 of whom are currently attending Prairie South Schools and 2 which have previously graduated from Prairie South Schools. For the last year, Robert has served as chair of the Board of Education and prior to that served as the vice-chair. In addition, Robert has served as chair of the Business, Infrastructure and Governance committee and chair of the Innovation committee. Robert resides in Caronport where he works doing academic advising and program coordination at a graduate school. In the past Robert has served on parent advisory groups for schools in Alberta and Ontario.
Priorities for Robert would be family engagement, equitable opportunities for all students, and a desire to promote innovative approaches to helping our students be prepared for the future that awaits them.
My name is John Bumbac and it would be a privilege to represent Subdivision 3 on the Prairie South School Division Board of Trustees.
Education has been a significant part of my life for almost 50 years. During that time, I worked in several schools, both urban and rural and saw firsthand how schools were run from both a teacher and administrator’s perspective.
Since retiring from education, I have been involved with several boards including the Five Hills Health Authority, SAHO, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and the Viterra Farm Leadership Council. Currently, I sit on the Saskatchewan Pulse Board and the University of Regina Senate Committee.
It is my belief that my teaching and board experience would make me an admirable representative for Assiniboia and the surrounding communities. I feel that our schools in Subdivision 3 need a positive rural voice to make sure our schools stay viable for the future.
My name is Sandra Jennett. I would be proud to represent rural education in subdivision 3. My husband Kiall and I lived in Assiniboia for 7 years. We then moved to a farmyard just 4 miles outside of Mossbank in 2011. Both communities are dear to my heart, and the perfect place to raise our kids. We have 3 children in grades 9, 6 and 4. I have been on Mossbank’s SCC for 8 years and I love helping the community any way I can: to listen, to be a voice, or to get in there and get things done! Al Kessler’s shoes are big ones to fill. He is just the nicest person, who listened and vocalized the concerns of his district. I would love the opportunity to carry on and help just as Al did.
My name is Giselle Wilson. I live with my husband Todd in Coronach. We have two grown children, Karlie and Kyle. I have been a trustee for subdivision 4 for the past six years. I love this job! It has come with many hurdles, but it also comes with amazing people, communities and lots of things to celebrate. I am a strong supporter of rural education. I believe rural schools have a resilience, strength and warmth that is evident as soon as you walk into the building. There is truly nothing better than watching the partnerships that are built in a K to 12 school. Prairie South School Division is unique in that it is made up of both urban and rural schools. And while we may not ever achieve equality, I think each school has a uniqueness of its own that needs to be celebrated.
I am a cattle rancher and veterinarian, and have resided south of Aneroid for most of my life. I am a father of 4 children and a graduate of Kincaid Central School and the University of Saskatchewan. I have been the subdivision 5 trustee for the past 11 years and seek another term as your representative.
As a Prairie South trustee I have served first as vice chair, then chairperson, and currently as President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. This opportunity has been very rewarding and allowed me to bring a strong voice for school boards to the provincial level. If elected, I intend to continue my role in provincial leadership. My record over the past 11 years shows I am a tireless advocate for education, innovative programming, and excellent school facilities with well supported staff. I ask for your support for another term of leadership!
My name is Bonnie Poirier, I am seeking election to the school board for subdivision 5. My husband and I run a grain farm, we have two children who are 4 and 1, Emerson who will turn 5 in November, started kindergarten this year. I have been an LPN for almost 19 years and currently work casually at a nursing home in Mankota which I managed for three years before stepping down to be home with our kids.
I was born and raised in Moose Jaw attending Palliser Heights and A.E Peacock Collegiate. Raising children attending rural schools will be a different challenge than faced by my parents, with smaller schools, more online learning and different class options. This requires a strong voice and support for our students and educators. I would like the opportunity to be that voice for our unique schooling needs.
Crystal Froese and her husband Kirby, returned to their hometown in Moose Jaw in 2011 and built Moose Jaw’s first artisan cheese manufacturing facility, Coteau Hills Creamery.
Crystal combines her University of Regina education in Local Government Authority with 15 years of business experience in communications strategies for government and non-profit organizations.
Crystal was first elected to Moose Jaw City Council in 2016 and has served on public boards such as Police Commission, Tourism Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw Exhibition, Mosaic Place, Wakamow Valley, Cultural Diversity, Heritage Committee and the Moose Jaw Museum Art Gallery.
She is a past President of Business Women of Moose Jaw, recipient of the PRISM Influential Award and President of the South Hill Community Association.
Crystal Froese will bring her diverse experience and will work hard for you on the Prairie South School Division Board to build a strong future for our students and community.
Born and raised in Moose Jaw, I worked as a full time and casual Educational Assistant with Prairie South School Division from 2005 to 2019. I also coached football at Central Collegiate from 2005 to 2015 and continue to help as my schedule allows. I have been employed at Gamin Abet Group Home for at risk youth since December 2010. I am also a certified personal trainer at Main Street Strength and Conditioning.
Recently, I was appointed to the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Advisory Committee. I enjoy working with youth and am passionate about education and supporting both our educational professionals and the system. I believe with my community engagement and wealth of experience both in education and with youth, I would be an asset as a trustee with Prairie South School Division No. 210.
Todd Johnson is seeking election as a School Board Trustee in Subdivision 6. Todd and his wife Amy have been married for 15 years and he has three (3) children, a lovely daughter-in-law and new grandbaby. Two (2) of Todd’s kids currently attend Ecole` Palliser Heights School and one previously attended Peacock Collegiate.
Todd is very active within the community, particularly in our local schools, having served six (6) years on the Peacock Collegiate SCC, several serving as Chair. Todd has been a Basketball coach in multiple schools in Moose Jaw for approximately 30 years.
Todd is currently the General Manager of Wakamow Valley Authority and is active on several community associations as a volunteer and a board member currently and throughout his life in Moose Jaw. Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Todd will bring both strong business acumen and a passion for our community to the School Board.
I, Mary Jukes, am seeking re-election as board member of Prairie South School Division, Subdivision #6. I am a retired educator with teacher, counselor, Vice- Principal, and Principal experience. I have served on many boards and committees throughout my career and in addition to the PSSD, currently serve on the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Board and Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association. I am a mother and grandmother, passionate about life-long learning and community participation in education.
I believe my experience brings valuable insights to the board, which contributes to informed decision making. My motto, “it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us”, supports my approachable and transparent work ethic. I believe in the democratic process and the role of consensus in governance. I will always provide my opinion, but will actively promote the decisions of the board majority to enhance the lives of students, parents and community stakeholders.
Born and raised in Moose Jaw, I am presently retired, having served as the CEO of the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. Prior to that, I owned and operated MM Construction with my father and brother, a local business which operated continuously for over 50 years.
Serving my community has always been an integral part of my life, and I have served as a Director on the boards of the Five Hills Health Region, Habitat for Humanity, Moose Jaw Literacy, Hillcrest Sports Center and as the Moose Jaw representative on the Regina Airport Authority.
I have played sports throughout my life, including hockey, football and curling and have also coached youth involved in these sporting activities.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve my community by providing oversight and contributing to the strategic vision of the Prairie South School Division.
I have recently returned to this area after serving 35 years in education in the province of Saskatchewan. I was privileged to serve as a teacher, principal, counsellor, Coordinator of Curriculum and Special Education, Director and completing my career as a Superintendent of Schools with the Chinook School Division. I was born and raised on a farm north of Tuxford. Saskatchewan (Janice Rice). I believe in charting a clear direction which will advantage learning opportunities for students and represent families and educational partners. I want to see students exceed in the foundational subjects: reading, writing and math and maintain and sustain a passion for learning. It is crucial that educational supports and service be available and accessible to all students so they can achieve to their full potential. I am committed to open and transparent communication and respectfully ask for your vote on November 9.
I recently retired from the Prairie South School Division after serving 22 years in senior leadership roles. During that time, I served the stakeholders of the division with a focus on student outcomes and the effective and efficient use of resources. I represented the families of Prairie South on numerous provincial committees including the Director of IT on the Saskatchewan Association of School Board Officials. My role was on the business side of the organization; however, I am married to a career educator/school administrator so understanding the challenges from a classroom perspective is part of my DNA. My community service includes coach/executive member/referee/former president with the Moose Jaw Lacrosse Association along with coaching hockey. Because of my experience in the sector I believe I bring a unique set of knowledge and understanding of PreK–12 education in our province and would welcome the opportunity to represent our Prairie South families.
I have been very involved with the School Community Council at both the Elementary and High School levels. I served as the Chairperson of the Sunningdale SCC for eight years and I have been serving on the Central Collegiate SCC for the past six years. Through those years, I have supported the Learning Improvement Plans at both schools and I have had the privilege of advocating for student’s well-being, planning academic and social activities and promoting leadership and school spirit.
I served as the Chairperson for the Sunningdale/VLA/Westpark Community Association for ten years, and for the past eight years I have been the Moose Jaw Youth Flag Football League Coordinator.
I am a Registered Dental Hygienist with thirty years of experience. I believe my professionalism, excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and my extensive community and school involvement would make me a valued asset as a Trustee for the PSSD.
My husband and I retired to Moose Jaw after 34 years on the farm. We have three children and five grandchildren. I served on School Board for five years—during the TCSC and PSSD amalgamation. I was employed with the Moose Jaw Police Service for 19 1/2 years, 15 years as a Communications Officer and 4 1/2 years as Administrative Assistant to the School Liaison Officers, Victim Services, along with administration of the Alarm Bylaw.
I think we should strive to make every school in the division a school that all students would be proud to attend. Staff and parent input is paramount in accomplishing this goal. In rapidly changing times there will always be hurdles to overcome. As we navigate through the pandemic, I believe that as we go forward there will be long term solutions required to support students and staff for years to come.
I would be honoured to continue serving the Students, Staff and Parents, of Prairie South Schools for an additional term. I am a long-time resident of Moose Jaw, semi-retired from my profession of Funeral Director. My wife and I are the parents of two children and have two granddaughters attending school in the city.
I take my service on the school board very seriously, working to ensure we provide the most up to date resources available to empower and facilitate student learning and achievement. I support the value of Early Childhood Education and have always maintained an open-door policy for parents and staff to contact me with ideas and concerns. I have been part of a number of School Community Councils, and value what I have learned there. I appreciate and value the work of ALL STAFF in our division, especially this year when safety is paramount.