BOARD OF TRUSTEES
TRUSTEE MEMBERS 2014-2018
Vice Chair - Zone 4
James Beatty has served as Trustee with the Near North District School Board with the best interests of students at the heart of his efforts since 2010. He has been Vice-Chair of the Board for the past three years. He is focused on helping each and every student reach their own individual potential and achieve success.
Member - Zone 2
Harry brings 30 years of corporate business acumen, including 10+ years Senior Management experience as Director, Marketing Training & Development, Canadian Tire Corp. Home Office.
Harry worked as a professional buyer / marketing manager, responsible for Hardware & Home Improvements Products Divisions of CTC; accountable for over $ 250 million in revenue. Harry has directed and supported a team of buyers and procurement analysts during his successful career at Canadian Tire Corp.
Harry and his wife Tamela (Tami) Price-Fry have lived in Bonfield (on Lake Nosbonsing) since 2007. Together, they have 4 daughters (... all have University Undergraduate “Bachelor” degrees... plus assorted “Graduate” Degrees). Tami and Harry have 4 grandchildren.
Harry’s skill sets include: Project Management; Strategic Planning; Logistics/Procurement Management; Financial Management; vision to see the ‘big Picture’ and ability to set tactical priorities.
Harry is past Chairman, Bonfield Rural Watch and OPP Community Policing Committee, where he served for 7 years and past member of the Bonfield and District Lions Club after moving to the Near North. Harry has also served on the ‘Planning Advisory Committee’ (PAC) for the Township of Bonfield.
Harry is a committed Volunteer Fundraiser with The North Bay Regional Health Centre “Foundation” (NBRHCF) – He often volunteers for the annual Hospital Walk / Run Fundraiser Committee.
While living & working in Toronto, Harry volunteered his service as a “Subject Matter Expert” (SME) business advisor, sitting on the Humber College Business Advisory Committee (BAC) for 4 years.
Harry is the President, HMF Marketing, -- a Sales & Marketing company, specializing in Industrial Cutting Tools & HVAC products; supplying industrial products to the mining, manufacturing and Industrial Supply sectors in the Near North of Ontario.
Harry is a Graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto (Liberal Arts) ... plus he holds a diploma from College Boreal in Sudbury, (Heavy Equipment Operator Training).
By serving on the Near North District School Board as a Trustee, Harry believes that his wide business acumen and professional experience can add real value to the students and citizens of our NNDSB communities. Financial acumen is a strength, as well as strategic visioning.
Harry seeks to ‘give back’ to his fellow Ontarians, to represent our students and families, to optimize full value for our tax dollars, to understand the needs of our students and communities and to pursue effective solutions, while being cognisant of the ability to fund our education goals going forward.
Harry thanks the students and citizens of our communities for their ongoing support as their Zone 2 Trustee.
Member - Zone 1
Michelina Beam has been a trustee with the Near North District School Board since May 2011. She is chair of the Board’s Capital Planning Committee, serves on the Board’s Audit, Multi-Year Plan, Policy, and various Building Committees, and sits as a trustee representative on the Board-wide Parent Involvement Committee.
Michelina is also the Near North DSB representative on the province-wide Board of Directors for the Ontario Public School Board Association and is a member of OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team.
Born in North Bay, she is a graduate of West Ferris Secondary School. Her post-secondary studies at York University and Fanshawe College included Real Estate Appraisal, Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting. She works full-time as the administrator and financial officer for a locally owned business.
Michelina and her husband Blake have three children; two are recent graduates of the NNDSB system pursuing post-secondary studies and the youngest attends Chippewa Secondary School.
She spends much of her free time volunteering with Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, a local charity that provides musical theatre experience for children and families. She has served on the voluntary Dreamcoat Board of Directors for over 12 years. She believes very strongly that arts education is an important contribution to student well-being.
Member - Zone 5
I was a teacher for 31 years at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School under the former East Parry Sound Board of Education. I taught a wide range of subjects including history, mathematics, economics, geography, law, computers, and data processing. I was active in extra-curricular activities and the organization of OSSTF. I served four years on the provincial council of that body. I was active in the affairs of the local teachers' group serving in negotiations, grievance process, and as the local president.
Over the years I was a participant in the many attempts to improve curriculum, teaching methods, and classroom effectiveness. I was involved in the community where I ran a soccer league, the gentlemen's hockey league, old-timer's hockey tournaments, and helped with various children's activities like baseball, hockey, etc. I also served on community committees trying to enrich our opportunities in the small villages.
In the year 2000 I successfully ran for trustee. I campaigned on the promises of protecting the rural schools and improving the quality of their educational experience.
Member - Zone 1
Louise Sargent was sworn in as Trustee in September, 2015. She was born and raised in North Bay. Both she and her husband Bryan, were very active in the education system as teachers and coaches. Louise retired after 33 years of teaching in June 2014. She is looking forward to the opportunity "to give back" to the community. Louise is focusing on being accessible, listening, working hard, and using her educational knowledge and experiences. She is striving to be an informed representative for students in the decision making process at the Trustee level.
First Nations Representative
Boozhoo. Over the past 10 years I have worked with the First Nations communities in ever increasing roles and responsibilities. In my present position as Education Counselor with Magnetawan First Nation, of which I am a band member, I assist students in developing education plans unique to their personal situations and cultural beliefs. In addition, within this role I coordinate and facilitate workshops designed to enable the youth in our community to meet their full academic potential. I am a member of several Committees and Boards such as: First Nations Advisory Committee, the First Nations Education Counselors Committee, the Education Working Group and the Restorative Justice Committee. Also, I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree in Adult Education, An Aboriginal's Teacher's Certificate, a Native Early Childhood Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts. Consequently, I live and work immersed in the challenges facing First Nation's people and education. I am committed to identifying these obstacles and being pro-active in facing these challenges head on with realistic and well planned solutions. I wish to be part of the solution to assist with moving forward on First Nation issues. Foremost, I am mother of two adult children and grandmother to six grandchildren whom I love and cherish.
Member - Zone 1
It is my honour to represent the public school ratepayers of North Bay, as a trustee with the Near North District School Board.
Having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nipissing, a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto, Principal Qualifications from the University of Guelph and Supervisory Officer Qualifications from the Ontario Ministry of Education, I spent close to forty years in the education field, mostly in North Bay.
The most rewarding experiences during those years involved working directly with students and staff to create a relevant and challenging curriculum along with developing a dynamic learning environment that invited students and staff to set high standards. As a trustee, I will continue to support programs that allow our students and staff to perform at the highest levels and look forward to the challenge.
Member - Zone 3
Corine is a lifelong resident of the Parry Sound area and currently lives in the community of Nobel. She is a certified teacher who currently co-owns and operates a busy automotive repair shop in Seguin Township. She is a graduate from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Psychology emphasizing learning and child development. She earned a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. She has two children attending school in the NNDSB. She was chair of the Nobel School Advisory Council for 5 years and sat for 5 years on the Near North District School Board Parent Involvement Committee. As Trustee, Corine is making it her mandate to have regular contact with schools, School Advisory Councils, and municipalities to hear concerns and to share board business in a timely manner. She strives to encourage meaningful parental involvement while keeping the Board informed on issues within her zone.
Chair - Zone 1
While representing Zone 1, which includes the Municipality of West Nipissing and the City of North Bay, I am very honoured to represent all of the taxpayers, supporters, grandparents, parents and the students of the Near North District School Board.
Currently, I am the Chair of the Board, member of the Internal Audit, Policy, Committee of the Whole and Building Committees for the Board.
Professionally, I am a sessional college business professor. After graduating from Chippewa Secondary, I have earned a Business Diploma from Algonquin College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Geography from Nipissing University. Most importantly, I am the proud father of a NNDSB alumnus.
I believe that local education is the most important investment by taxpayers as it benefits all current and future residents.