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KPDSB and CUPE Local 1939 Reach Tentative Settlement

09 Jun. 2023

Media Release - June 9, 2023

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is pleased to advise that an agreement on local terms and conditions for the 2023 to 2026 Collective Agreement has been reached with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1939 (representing Caretaking and Trades/Maintenance Staff).

Details of the agreement remain confidential until ratification by the Local and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. 

Christy Radbourne, Director of Education, stated, “We are pleased to reach a positive outcome with our CUPE partners in education and look forward to continuing our productive relationship over the next four years.”


KPDSB appoints Shawnda Norlock as Superintendent of Student Achievement and Equity

30 Nov. 2022

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."


KPDSB Welcomes New Board of Trustees

16 Nov. 2022

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

  • Roger Griffiths – Chair
  • Dave Cornish - Vice-Chair
  • Denise Baxter - Individual on the Board to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students (new to the Board)
  • Marilyn Duncalfe
  • Robert Kitowski (new to the Board)
  • Gerald Kleist
  • Malcolm (Rory) McMillan (new to the Board)
  • Dave Penney (returning to the Board)
  • Steve Poling (new to the Board)
  • Dakota McDonald - Student Trustee
  • Gracie Tucker - Indigenous Student Trustee


Farewell to Superintendent Jane Lower

27 Oct. 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.


KPDSB Appoints Christy Radbourne as Director of Education

31 Aug. 2022

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.”