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Bert de Gooijer - Vice Chair - Subdivision 1
 
Bert is from Kelliher where he and his wife Joy operate a mixed farm. They have four adult children who are all graduates of Kelliher School. Bert is a graduate of the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. He is involved in local community and church organizations. He has served as a board member for the past 15 years on three different boards of education as amalgamations took place. He is currently vice chair of the Prairie Valley School Division, and has served seven years on the executive of the Public Section, Sask school Boards Association, with the past four as the chair.

Email: bdegooijer@pvsd.ca

 
Sandi Urban-Hall - Subdivision 2
 
Sandi helps small non-profits and businesses with governance coaching, policy development and project management. She is currently under contract with Saskatoon Health Region as Health Promoting Schools Coordinator. She is also the mother of four children.

Sandi attended University of Saskatchewan. She worked at SaskTel for 15 years and left to become a stay at home mom. She was involved locally with the community preschool board and served on school division committees prior to becoming a board member in 2003. She has served ever since.

In 2007, she was elected to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association serving as southern constituency representative for one year, vice president for two years and president for three years. She also served on the board of the Canadian School Boards Association for five years, including being the president for one year. In addition, she served on the C21 Canada board of directors for 1 year, is a founding and active member Edenwold first responders, is chair of Equal Voice Saskatchewan and is a member of the Equal Voice National Board of Directors.

Email: surbanhall@pvsd.ca

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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
 

Jay is the volunteer emergency measures organization coordinator for the Town of Grenfell and the R.M. of Elcapo, overseeing 20 volunteers in case of an emergency. He is a 4th class steam engineer and does maintainence on two Federated Co-op bulk plants.

He was a bus driver for a lot of years, and his wife still drives a school bus for Prairie Valley. Jay was also on the local co-op board for many years. 

Jay's  family is all grown, and he has one grandson. One of his daughters is a school teacher in Alberta.

He was elected in 2011 as trustee and really enjoy all it entails. 

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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.berglund@pvsd.ca

Janet Kotylak - Chair - Subdivision 7

Janet Kotylak is from Montmartre. Janet has worked in government as well as the private sector, and currently operates a livestock and grain farm with her husband Peter. They have three children. Their youngest attends school in Prairie Valley School Division and their older two young adults are in University. Janet is in her third term as board member.  She serves boards provincially as an elected representative of Southern Constituency to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA). Janet was also appointed by the SSBA to serve as representative to the University of Regina Senate.​ 

"Attending school events and being "where the action is," with the students and staff, is a part of my job that I really enjoy. I value working with school community councils and representing the electorate by bringing their voice to the board table is very important to me."

Email: janet.kotylak@pvsd.ca

 
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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