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Prairie Valley School Division
Board Members
​​The Prairie Valley School Division Board of Education is made up of members elected in 10 subdivisions in southeastern Saskatchewan, as well as an 11th member representing the Sakimay First Nation. Click here to view the subdivision map

  • Bert de Gooijer
    Vice Chair - Subdivision 1
    Bert is from Kelliher wh​ere 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 16 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, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, with the past four years as the chair.
  • Sandi Urban
    Subdivision 2
    Sandi helps small non-profits and businesses with governance coaching, policy development and project management. She is 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 and then become a stay at home mom. She was involved with the community preschool board and school division committees prior to becoming a board member in 2003 and serving ever since. In 2007, she was elected to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association serving as southern constituency representative, vice president and president. She also served on the boards of the Canadian School Boards Association and C21 Canada. She is on the board of Equal Voice National and chairs the board of Equal Voice Saskatchewan. She is a founding and active member of Edenwold first responders.
  • Kent Esplin
    Subdivision 3
    Born and raised in Balcarres, Kent is a married father of two children who are currently enrolled at schools in Prairie Valley School Division. Kent is a manager and estimator who is active in his community as a volunteer, fundraiser and alderman. He is in his first term as a 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.”
  • Deanna Fjestad
    Subdivision 4
    Deanna is a retired educator with a wide range of teaching experiences. She has 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, including being on the board of the Wolseley Friendship Centre, United Church Women, Town Beautification and Weeding Wednesday. “I chose to be elected to the Prairie Valley Board of Education 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 have provided me with a broad understanding of educaton and with diverse experience.”
  • Henry (Jay) Jenkins
    Subdivision 5
    Jay is the volunteer emergency measures organization coordinator for Grenfell and the R.M. of Elcapo, overseeing 20 volunteers in case of an emergency. He is a fourth class steam engineer and does maintenance on two Federated Co-op bulk plants. He was a bus driver, 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 2012 as trustee and really enjoy all it entails.
  • Terry 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. 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 Minot State University. Terry pioneered speech/language pathology throughout southeast Saskatchewan, working in the field for 34 years before retiring from Prairie Valley School Division. She also volunteers 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 school community councils and the communities from the subdivision at the board level."
  • Janet Kotylak
    Chair - Subdivision 7
    Janet is from Montmartre. She 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 tenth year 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. Bringing their voice to the board table is very important to me."
  • Judy Bradley
    Subdivision 8
    Judy is a retired educator with over 25 years of experience. She lives with her husband in Milestone. They have grandchildren attending Milestone School and École White City School in Prairie Valley. Judy received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. She 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. “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 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. For Frank, the most important part of being a trustee is ensuring that kids receive education and opportunities. I want to ensure that our students have a future and lead fruitful lives."
  • Kenton Emery
    Subdivision 10
    Kenton 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 Prairie Valley School Division, Kenton saw being a board member as an opportunity to help shape how his children’s education will be offered. As a trustee working with school community councils 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.
  • Rachel Sangwais
    Subdivision 11
    Rachel lives at Sakimay First Nations, 20 km northeast of Grenfell. She has three children: two sons who attend Grenfell High 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 School Board in 2014. Rachel brings to the Board her experience with youth and a unique perspective as a young First Nations person. For Rachel, learning about the issues and concerns of our youth today and sharing in their successes is the most meaningful part of her work on the Board.