New and familiar faces!

Over the summer there have been some changes at the district level. Here is an overview of the changes.



2018 Bruce Hunt

Interim Secretary-Treasurer

Bruce Hunt is joining the District as the Acting Secretary-Treasurer, effective immediately. Bruce began his career with White Spot in Vancouver, then worked with the Yukon Government and Norwest Tel, prior to working for the Saanich School District as the Assistant SecretaryTreasurer and Secretary-Treasurer. He moved to Salmon Arm with his family in 2002 as the Secretary-Treasurer for School District No. 83, a position he held until his retirement in 2011. The search for a permanent replacement for Nicole Bittante will be ongoing. Bruce has agreed to remain in the Acting Secretary-Treasurer role until that process is concluded and the subsequent transition is complete.


Carol-Ann Leidloff mug

Director of Instruction – Student Learning

Carol-Ann Leidloff is the new Director of Instruction – Student Learning. Carol-Ann joins us from School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) where she has been a school principal since 2004. Carol-Ann has been recognized as an exemplary leader at the school, district, provincial, and national levels, and her strong commitment to public education is evidenced through her broad range of professional learning activities and affiliations. Carol-Ann’s work as school principal and former case manager, supporting students with special needs, has developed her capacity to implement effective school based programs that made an impact on student success.


Anne Tenning

District Principal – Indigenous Education

Anne Tenning is the successful candidate for the position of District Principal – Indigenous Education. Anne joins us from School District No. 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) where she has held the position of District Principal – Aboriginal Education, since 2015. Prior to this, Anne held the same position in School District No. 67 (Okanagan-Skaha) for three years. Anne has demonstrated a strong commitment to public education for over eighteen years, and in that time, has worked in a wide array of educational settings, including all levels of public education, alternative programs, on-reserve schools, and also at the post-secondary level. Anne is a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation, and Aboriginal education has long been at the heart of her career. Anne has received national and provincial recognition for her innovative educational practices, including the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Anne has extensive experience working with the Ministry of Education, FNESC, and as a facilitator – providing educators with strategies to incorporate diverse Indigenous perspectives in authentic and inclusive ways.


BO Tracey Ward

Human Resources Specialist – Support Staff

Tracey Ward is the successful applicant for the position of Human Resources Specialist – Support Staff. Tracey started with School District No. 83 in November 2005 as the HR/Dispatch Clerk. Tracey has been in the role of Administrative Assistant-Human Resources since October 2011.




OP Trevor Bettcher

Director of Operations

Trevor Bettcher is the successful candidate for the position of Director of Operations. Trevor began his career as a Mechanic with SD No. 83 in 1999 before moving on to become Lead Hand Mechanic (2005-2014), Operations Maintenance Planner (2014-2016), and finally Operations Manager, a position he has held since 2016.





OP Ed HildebrandtDirector of Capital Projects (Interim)

To support Trevor as he transitions to this new role, Ed Hildebrandt will be brought in on a temporary basis as Director of Capital Projects.

Ed was the Director of Facilities at School District #54 (Bulkley Valley) for sixteen years before he retired this past June. Ed is also a Red Seal Certified Carpenter with 28 years of commercial construction experience.