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Bert de Gooijer - Vice Chair - Subdivision 1
 
de Gooijer, of Kelliher, operates a mixed family farm. He graduated from the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. de Gooijer is married with four children. de Gooijer is involved in local community and church organizations, and has served as a Board member for the past 13 years, including work with various Board committees.  He is currently Chair of the Public Boards Section of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.
 
“As a community member, I am interested in continuing to ensure that all students have equitable opportunities to experience and succeed in their education and grow into productive citizens.”
 

Sandi Urban-Hall - Subdivision 2
 
Urban-Hall is a former SaskTel manager and a parent of four school-aged students. She is a first responder in her community and is focused on developing community opportunities for children and youth in education and sports.
Urban-Hall was first elected as a trustee in 2003 and has served since. She has served on numerous committees within the Division, as well provincially and nationally.
 
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Kent Esplin - Subdivision 3

 

Born and raised in Balcarres, Kent Esplin is a married father of 2 children who are currently enrolled in the Prairie Valley School Division.  Esplin who is a Manager and Estimator is active in his community as a volunteer, fundraiser and Town Alderman.  Esplin is entering his first term as a Prairie Valley School Board member.

“As a parent, I wanted to have a first-hand perspective of the education process.  It is my objective to keep the division on the right path, moving forward and having the best schools and teachers for our future, our children.”

Email: kent.esplin@pvsd.ca

 

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Deanna Fjestad - Subdivision 4
 
Fjested is a retired Educator with a wide range of teaching experiences.    She was taught students from Kindergarten to university levels, in various locations including Saskatchewan, United States, Papua New Guinea, China and Gaza.  She is involved in her community of Wolseley, as a volunteer and committee member with several local organizations.
 
“I chose to be elected to the Prairie Valley School Board to see a new direction and influence in the field of education. The many ages of students and the wide varieties of place where I taught creates for me a broad understanding and diverse experience.”
 
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Henry (Jay) Jenkins - Subdivision 5
 
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jay Jenkins is a retired (supposedly) school bus driver for the Prairie Valley School Division.  Jenkins is actively in his community of Grenfell as a coordinator, director, and volunteer.  He also maintains the local FCL bulk plant.
 
“I want the children of my community to have the best education available. If I can make a difference then I will be happy.”
 
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Terry Berglund- Subdivision 6

Terry Berglund lives with her husband on a farm at Kennedy, Saskatchewan.  She has four adult children and is the proud grandparent to a grandson.

She achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Regina and a Masters of Science in Speech/Language Pathology from the Minot State University.

Terry pioneered Speech/Language Pathology in communities throughout South East Saskatchewan, working in the field for 34 yearsbefore retiring from Prairie Valley School Division. She also is a volunteer in community organizations.

"I chose to be elected to the Board because I have a passion to ensure and support education for ALL children.  As a trustee I am committed to providing a voice for the School Community Council's and the communities from the sub-division at the Board level."

Email: terry.bergland@pvsd.ca


Janet Kotylak - Chair - Subdivision 7
 
Janet Kotylak is from Montmartre. Kotylak has worked in government as well as the private sector, and currently operates a livestock and grain farm with her husband. She is the mother of three children, two attend Prairie Valley School Division and one attends University.  Kotylak is active in her community as a volunteer, she was also appointed by the Saskatchewan School Boards Association as a provincial trustee representative to the University of Regina Senate.​  Kotylak is in her third term as a Board member.
 
“I enjoy working with School Community Councils and am committed to representing the electorate by bringing their voice to the board table.”
 

Lee Elliott - Subdivision 8
 
Lee Elliott has two children, a six-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son. He and his wife own and manage a flooring company, and he also works as a management consultant. Elliott has a Masters degree in Business Administration and teaches finance at the University of Regina. Elliott also sits on the U of R Board of Governors.​
 
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Frank Thauberger - Subdivision 9

Thauberger is self-employed in the construction industry and he and his family are long term residents of the town of Balgonie.  He is currently the Mayor of Balgonie and extensively participates in his community.
 
“I want to ensure quality education for all students in the Prairie Valley School Division.”  
 
 
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Kenton Emery - Subdivision 10

Kenton Emery lives with his wife and two daughters in Grand Coulee.  Kenton obtained his certificate in Labour Relations from Queen’s University and has been employed in Labour Relations for 15 years.  Currently, he is self-employed as a Labour Relations consultant, offering his expertise to a variety of different clients. 
 
With two young children new to, and preparing to enter the School Division, Kenton saw the January by-election as an opportunity to help shape how his children’s education will be offered.  As a trustee working with the SCCs and representing the members of his community, he hopes to help Prairie Valley School Division move forward in a positive direction as we continue to adjust to the ever-changing landscape that the Education Sector has become. 
 
Kenton won his seat by acclimation in the January 2014 by-election.
 
Email: kenton.emery@pvsd.ca

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Rachel Sangwais - Subdivision 11

 

Email: rachel.sangwais@pvsd.ca