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Doreen Dewar Acclaimed Chair/Dena Morrison Acclaimed Vice-Chair

At the organizational meeting for Rainbow District School Board held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Trustee Doreen Dewar was acclaimed Chair of the Board for another term and Trustee Dena Morrison was acclaimed Vice-Chair of the Board for another term. Membership on Board standing committees was also approved.

Doreen Dewar is the longest serving trustee on the Board with a total of 28 years, including nine years on the Sudbury Board of Education. She has been Chair of the Board for the past five years and continues in the role. Prior to that, she served as Vice-Chair. Trustee Dewar has served multiple terms as Chair and been a member of every Board committee.

As Chair of the Board, she made many presentations to Ministry Standing Committees. She has also been the Board’s delegate on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). She has authored numerous newspaper articles and chaired many sub-committee meetings, including school review meetings. Doreen Dewar has been a teacher, homemaker, volunteer, coach and entrepreneur. She ran her own successful retail business for 11 years.

She has received awards for community involvement both locally and provincially.She is a recipient of OPSBA’s Bernadine Yackman Award for community service and Thorneloe University’s Thorneloe Mitre for her contribution to education.

Chair Dewar said she looks forward to serving as Chair for a fifth consecutive term. She will remain focused on student success, not only academic excellence, but also encompassing the physical, social, emotional and mental well-being of students. “Rainbow District School Board will continue to bring learning to life, enabling students to fulfill their aspirations,” she said. “I welcome the opportunity to be part of this important mission.”

Dena Morrison has been a trustee since 1998. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Board for the past five years and continues in that role. She also served as Vice-Chair in 2003. From 2004 to 2008, she served as Chair of the Board.

Raised in New Sudbury, Dena Morrison attended Col. David Younger Public School, Carl A. Nesbitt Public School and Lasalle Secondary School. She attended the University of Western Ontario.

Trustee Morrison worked for the federal government for 25 years, gaining extensive experience in administration, policy development, human resource management, and budgeting. She held a number of positions of progressive responsibility at the local, provincial and national levels in Sudbury, Toronto and Ottawa/Hull.

Trustee Morrison played a leadership role in community consultations to establish Northeastern Elementary School in Garson, which opened in September 2002. Trustee Morrison has also served on every Board committee as Chair or as a member over the past 18 years.

MEMBERSHIP ON BOARD STANDING COMMITTEES

Accessibility Planning Committee
Trustee Judy Kosmerly

Audit Committee
Trustee Judy Hunda
Trustee Dena Morrison

Environmental Education Committee
Trustee Judy Hunda
Student Trustee Katie Yao

Equity and Inclusive Education Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Grace Fox
Trustee Judy Kosmerly

First Nation Advisory Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Doreen Dewar
Trustee Grace Fox

Labour Relations Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Judy Hunda
Trustee Dena Morrison

Parent Involvement Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Gord Santala

School Year Structure Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Dena Morrison
Student Trustee Katie Yao

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Judy Kosmerly
Trustee Judy Hunda (alternate)
Trustee Dena Morrison (alternate)

Strategic Planning Committee
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Doreen Dewar
Trustee Grace Fox
Trustee Judy Hunda
Trustee Larry Killens
Trustee Judy Kosmerly
Trustee Dena Morrison
Trustee Gord Santala

Student Senate
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Judy Hunda
Student Trustee Katie Yao

Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Representative
Trustee Bob Clement
Trustee Judy Kosmerly (alternate)

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Media Contact:
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.

Image of Chair Dewar
Chair Dewar
Image of Vice-Chair Morrison
Vice-Chair Dena Morrison