Newcomer falls just short of earning trustee spot

Alex Di Pietro
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With seven candidates vying for six trustee spots in the Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division election Wednesday, newcomer Bill Tomyn was unable to make his mark.

Tomyn, a retired teacher and current driving instructor, was looking forward to becoming a member of the board. He and long-time member Bruce McKinnon were neck and neck as the final results rolled in. He lost out by a tally of 1,137 to 1,112.

In a previous interview, Tomyn said he saw the need for more evaluation and assessment at all levels of the education system.

Suzanne Stubbs, who won a byelection in 2008 and was acclaimed in 2009, finished the election as the top candidate with 1,557 votes.  

The city’s acting bylaw manager and P.A. resident of 45 years said it’s important to permeate Gospel into education and be an advocate for the city’s taxpayers.

She could not be reached at press time.

Mike St. Amand, who was acclaimed for the past three elections, was second behind Stubbs in picking up a spot. He was impressed with the amount of people who voted.

“It’s very re-affirming when your fellow voters are right there to vote you back in,” he said. “It validates what you’re doing on the board. It’s humbling though. I’ll be very honest with you.”

George Bolduc, who has been chair for nine years and been a member since 1996, will once again serve on the board. Some of his goals are to see funding stay equitable with other school divisions.

The operations manager of Parkland Ambulance and Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association vice president said he would continue to put in hard work.

“I appreciate the confidence that people have put in our board and getting us back in,” he said. “I’m very proud to represent our school division. I thank the people who voted and I thank the people who voted for me.”

Newcomer Patrick Hordyski, who has 20 years experience as power engineer and building operator, will join the board with 1,201 votes. In a previous interview, he said the board needs a diverse base of knowledge, which he believes he can add to. 

Bert Provost, who first started serving board 12 years ago, was re-elected with 1,193 votes. The retired principal of 22 years in the Catholic School Division has said that his time spent as an administrator gave him invaluable experience.

McKinnon, who had served the board for 15 years, said he gained expertise in areas such as cognitive skills, anger management, parenting, family violence prevention and negotiation skills as a retired programs officer at Riverbend Institution.

Organizations: Parkland Ambulance and Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association, Catholic School Division, Riverbend Institution

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