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Prairie Valley School Division
Located within Treaty 4 Territory
Board Members
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​​The Prairie Valley School Division Board of Education is made up of members elected in 10 subdivisions in southeastern Saskatchewan. See below for bios of each board member. Click here to view the subdivision map

  • Bert de Gooijer, Vice ChairBert de Gooijer, Vice Chair
    Subdivision 1
    Bert resides near Kelliher where he and his wife, Joy, operate a grain and cattle farm. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. Bert is a graduate of the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. Bert has served as a Board of Education member since 1999, participating on various committees and currently serving as Vice-Chair. He has represented the Board on the Public Section of the SSBA since 2008, serving as Chair since 2011. He is also involved in local community and church organizations. “I am committed to ensuring that our Board and province provide equitable, progressive, adequately funded Pre-K to 12 education to communities so our students grow into confident, knowledgeable, engaged citizens.”
  • Verne BarberVerne Barber
    Subdivision 2
    Verne is a lifelong resident of Lumsden, having taught at Lumsden High School for 31 years before retiring in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. He is married to Margo, also a retired teacher, and has a son who attends high school in Prairie Valley. Verne has been involved in various community organizations including 23 years as a Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation councilor, 12 years as a local association president, 12 years on Lumsden Town Council, eight years as the mayor, and the current chair of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Retirement Plan. He is very proud to have been a player or coach for 15 provincial championship teams in five different sports, all Lumsden based. Verne was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2016. Verne wants to work with fellow Board members on behalf of students and staff in the Division to ensure the Division is open and welcoming to volunteers and community groups. “I am passionate about upholding respect for the history and traditions of our schools and their place in our communities.”
  • Marlene BlatterMarlene Blatter
    Subdivision 3
    Marlene resides in Fort Qu’Appelle with her husband, Doug. They are semi-retired with a business partnership. They have two sons who are at post-secondary schools and a daughter who is a teacher. Marlene has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and an Adult Education Certificate from the University of Alberta. Marlene has extensive teaching experience including being a teacher at Birch Hills, Saltcoats and Grayson, a substitute teacher at Prairie Valley School Division, a principal and teacher at Good Spirit School Division, a principal at Muskapetung First Nation and a vice principal and teacher in Alberta. Marlene is a member of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. She was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2016. To Marlene, education is the responsibility of every member of a community and has been her passion and vocation. “I want to provide student and communities with the best possible education through communication, cooperation, understanding and accountability as part of an effective board of governance.”
  • Jeffrey BaranJeffrey Baran
    Subdivision 4
    Jeffrey resides in Wolseley and has two children and a grandchild. Jeffrey has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina. His past employment includes various jobs in the agricultural sector. He also taught courses in academic English and an introduction to politics in Canada at a college in Tokyo and was an international marketer for a Japanese import and trading company in Tokyo. Jeffery was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2016. Jeffrey wanted to be a member of the Prairie Valley Board of Education to do his part. “I want to ensure the continuation of quality education for all students in the Division.”
  • Denise CoutureDenise Couture
    Subdivision 5
    Denise is from Grenfell and has a daughter who attends a Prairie Valley school. She has a high school diploma and is the bookkeeper at Pipestone Accounting Services Ltd. She has also worked as an insurance broker, an administrative assistant, a custodian, a self-employed caterer and held various positions at CIBC. Denise was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2016. Denise wanted to be a member of the Prairie Valley Board of Education to further understand of how the system works and affect positive change. “As a parent, I am committed to ensuring that the Division offers the best education possible and produces the best results by using funds effectively.”
  • Terry BerglundTerry Berglund
    Subdivision 6
    Terry lives with her husband on a farm at Kennedy. She has four adult children and is the proud grandparent to a grandson. Terry has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Regina and a Masters of Science in Speech/Language Pathology from Minot State University. Terry pioneered speech/language pathology in various school division in southeast Saskatchewan and the Weyburn and Estevan Health Region, working in the field for 34 years before retiring from Prairie Valley School Division. She was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2014. Terry wanted to be a member of the Prairie Valley Board of Education to ensure that all students in our rural school division are provided with equitable education. “As a board member I want to work with a team to provide the best education to our students and ensure that the voices of the communities are heard at the Board level during the decision making process.”
  • Janet Kotylak, ChairJanet Kotylak, Chair
    Subdivision 7
    Janet is from Montmartre. She has worked in government and the private sector and currently operates a farm with her husband Peter. They have one child attending school in Prairie Valley and two at university. Janet has served in the education sector since being elected to the local school board in Montmartre in 1997. She has been on the Prairie Valley Board of Education since 2005 and serves as an elected representative of the Southern Constituency to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA). Her experiences have been wide-ranging and include chairing for the SSBA's Policy and Resolutions Committee and Education Equity Working Advisory Group as well as serving on Prairie Valley committees for local bargaining, infrastructure, student achievement, policy manual renewal, education relations and the University of Regina Senate. Janet intends to work both provincially and locally to ensure that students, no matter where they live or their personal circumstances, receive the resources they need to succeed. "I really enjoy attending school events and being "where the action is" with the students and staff. I value working with school community councils and representing the electorate. Bringing their voice to the board table is very important to me."
  • Judy BradleyJudy Bradley
    Subdivision 8
    Judy is a retired educator with over 25 years of experience. She lives with her husband in Milestone, and they have grandchildren attending schools in Prairie Valley. Judy received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. Judy was a science teacher at Sheldon Williams Collegiate and taught Kindergarten to Grade 12 at Milestone School, retiring as principal, a role she held for 11 years. She served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1991-1999. She was also Caucus Chairperson, Minister of Highways and Transportation and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. She has served on many boards including the Science Centre and the Transportation Association of Canada. Judy was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2015. “I have a strong passion for equitable public education that meets the needs of all of our students rural or urban. I want to do my part to ensure that Prairie Valley School Division delivers the best education system possible for all of our students and communities.”
  • Frank ThaubergerFrank Thauberger
    Subdivision 9
    Frank is the mayor of Balgonie. He has a wife and two grown sons. Frank has been involved in constructing and renovating housing for 35 years. Upon retiring from the brewing industry, he started his own housing construction and renovation business. Frank has served on the recreation board, local school boards and fundraising committees. He is past president of the town’s minor hockey league and spent 10 years as a Balgonie councillor and mayor, participating on committees for maintenance, the library, social housing, grounds and land and the fire department. He is also a member of the White Butte Regional Planning Committee. Frank was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2012. It is important to Frank that kids receive education and opportunities. "I want to ensure that our students have a future and lead fruitful lives."
  • Rachel SangwaisRachel Sangwais
    Subdivision 11
    Rachel lives at Sakimay First Nations, northeast of Grenfell. She has three children: two sons who attend a Prairie Valley school and a daughter who attends Goose Lake School at Sakimay First Nations. Rachel had a career as a youth worker and recreational technician before being elected to Sakimay First Nations Council in 2013. When she was first elected, she was given the education mandate and decided to become a school board member as an opportunity to connect with youth again. She was elected to Prairie Valley Board of Education in 2014. Rachel brings to the Board her experience with youth and a unique perspective as a young First Nations person. "Learning about the issues and concerns of our youth today and sharing in their successes is the most meaningful part of my work on the Board."