Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023
Erika Lougheed re-elected as Chair at NNDSB’s annual organizational meeting
The trustees of the Near North District School Board (NNDSB) met Tuesday night for its annual organizational meeting.
Trustees re-elected Erika Lougheed (Zone 2) as their Chair and Indigenous Trustee Ashley St. Pierre was acclaimed as their Vice-Chair. They will serve for the second year of the Board’s four-year term. The 2022-2026 Board of Trustees is composed of these trustees.
Chair Lougheed was nominated by Trustee Shane Hall, who said he believes the Board needs consistency and continuity moving into the second year of its term. He said he has appreciated Chair Lougheed’s supportive and confident guidance in the past year, and noted that the relationships she has established with stakeholders, rightsholders, community groups and NNDSB staff are valuable.
Before the election, Trustee Lougheed said she would like to be able to help, now that the Board “knows the water we are swimming in.”
Chair Lougheed said she was honoured to be re-elected to the position by her fellow trustees. “This is a remarkable Board with so many passionate and talented trustees. I am proud to continue to lead this group into the second year of our term.”
Trustee Bill Steer nominated Indigenous Trustee St. Pierre, noting that she was a vocal advocate and he has witnessed her leadership.
Following her acclamation, Vice-Chair St. Pierre offered Trustee Steer a “big chi miigwetch” (thank you very much in Anishinaabemowin) for nominating her. She was encouraged by a knowledge keeper at Wasauksing First Nation to pursue becoming NNDSB’s Indigenous Trustee; now to be vice-chair “is a huge honour and I thank you for that and I hope I do it justice.”
Director of Education Craig Myles said, “We will continue to build on the momentum moving into the second year of the Board’s term. Having a returning Chair along with the fresh perspectives of a new Vice-Chair will benefit NNDSB as we continue to make progress in all areas of the multi-year strategic plan.”
He also thanked past Vice-Chair Howard Wesley for his work, acknowledging his stable and calm presence was valued at the Board table, and was an asset throughout his tenure.
Membership of trustees to the Board’s various committees was also determined and approved at last night’s meeting.
The regular Board meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., following the organizational meeting.