KPDSB appoints Shawnda Norlock as Superintendent of Student Achievement and Equity
30 Nov. 2022
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Media Release - November 30, 2022
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawnda Norlock as Superintendent of Student Achievement and Equity.
Norlock started teaching with the KPDSB in 1999. She has held various system responsibilities, including technology-enabled learning special assignment teacher, principal and vice-principal at Red Lake District High School and most recently central administrator in secondary program and achievement. Norlock has led the student success and expanded and extended program portfolios system-wide. She holds a BSc and BEd from the University of Manitoba and an MEd in Educational and Digital Technology from Ontario Tech University.
Norlock stated, "I am honoured to serve and support the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in a senior leadership role. I am proud to be part of this system, where we continue to put students first and provide innovative and equitable learning opportunities for all. It is essential that students identify their strengths, see what they can achieve and what is possible, know that they can shape their lives, and know that we believe in them. I look forward to continuing to learn and implement best practices and programs in our schools to advance student achievement and well-being and fostering creativity, innovation, and a culture of inclusion."
Christy Radbourne, Director of Education, added, "We are thrilled to add a skilled, experienced and lifelong KPDSB educator to our Senior Team. Shawnda is a welcome addition who will bring a strong connection to KPDSB communities and an unwavering commitment to students, equity, and student achievement."
November 16, 2022
On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, the KPDSB welcomed a new Board of Trustees. We wish to congratulate Trustee Roger Griffiths who is the new Chair of the Board (was previously vice-chair of the board) and Trustee Dave Cornish who is Vice-Chair of the Board. Both Trustee Griffiths and Trustee Cornish are in their third term of office as Trustees. We are also pleased to welcome Denise Baxter to the position of Individual on the Board to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students.
KPDSB Board of Trustees as of November 15, 2022
We are wishing congratulations and farewell to Superintendent Jane Lower who has taken a position with Lakehead Public Schools! We wish Jane all the best in her future and know staff and communities will miss her.
Media Release - August 31, 2022
Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Christy Radbourne to the position of Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, effective September 6, 2022.
Radbourne is an accomplished long-time educator with over twenty years of experience in public sector education and private consulting. As a Student Achievement Officer with the Ministry of Education, she has supported Boards across the province in implementing post-pandemic learning plans, policy, frameworks, and curriculum. Prior to her work with the Ministry she served for 11 years as an administrator with Lakehead Public Schools, including leading their future leaders program and as president of the Lakehead Ontario Principal’s Council. She co-wrote Lakehead University’s Principal Qualification Program and has instructed the program for seven years, mentoring and developing education leaders across the province.
Radbourne holds a Master of Education from Lakehead University and is working toward her PhD jointly with Lakehead, Brock, and the University of Windsor. She has authored multiple publications in Indigenous and environmental Education, acted as a keynote for Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education, and created many community-based resources in Indigenous education and cultural competency. This has included work with private corporations, non-governmental organizations, and municipalities to design and implement cultural competency programs and Indigenous education and awareness training. She has presented at national and international education and mental health conferences on relationship-based education, Indigenous education, and environmental education.
Radbourne stated, “I am both humbled and honoured to join the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and continue the excellent work and leadership of staff, improving achievement and well-being for every student. I look forward to working with our communities and Indigenous partners to increase opportunities and positive outcomes.”
Cecile Marcino, Chair of the Board, added, “We are pleased to welcome Christy to our Board and look forward to working closely with her to support students and staff across the system.”
For Immediate Release
Joint Media Release - June 16, 2022
(Thunder Bay, ON and Kenora, ON) Lakehead District School Board and Keewatin-Patricia District School Board jointly announce that Sherri-Lynne Pharand has accepted the position of incoming Director of Education with Lakehead District School Board. Sherri-Lynne Pharand has held the position of Director of Education with Keewatin-Patricia District School Board since 2020 and is looking forward to keeping her Northwestern Ontario leadership experience in the region.
Ellen Chambers, Chair of Lakehead District School Board, said the process for selecting the candidates for the new director of education was conducted by a third-party organization over the last several months, and that the successful candidate was formally chosen by the Board of Trustees last week.
“I am pleased to welcome Sherri-Lynne Pharand back to the Board in a role that will further advance the goals of the new 2021-2024 Strategic Plan and Indigenous Education Framework and lead our schools with experience and profound knowledge of the education system. I am enthusiastic to see the accomplishments and progress the Board will make with Sherri-Lynne Pharand as its new leader,” said Chair Chambers.
Sherri-Lynne Pharand’s experience as director of education is preceded by 13 years of experience as Superintendent of Education with Lakehead District School Board and includes significant contributions to Board initiatives such as its ongoing commitment to Indigenous cultural learning, international students, and curriculum development. She had an integral role in the development of the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan and Indigenous Education Framework and the Board’s commitment to reconciliation. Ms. Pharand is looking forward to continuing this meaningful and important work.
“I am honoured to return to Lakehead District School Board and work to support the achievements of all students and in particular work with the Indigenous community on First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Education to improve outcomes for Indigenous youth as well as to support all students and staff to learn about our shared history and the rich culture and traditions of Indigenous Peoples,” said Pharand.
Cecile Marcino, chair of Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, said the Board has a process in place to conduct the replacement of the director of education and will begin that process in the coming weeks.
“The Board wishes Sherri-Lynne the best in the future. We have had the past two and a half years with her and she has shown grace and compassion with our staff and Board in whatever situation came to her. She is a great director of education and we will miss her,” said Marcino.
Sherri-Lynne Pharand will begin as Director of Education with Lakehead District School Board on September 1, 2022.
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