The Board of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is comprised of five trustees. The Board was elected in October 2022 for a four year term.
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Marianne VanBuskirk – Board Chairperson
Trustee Electoral Area 4 – Salmon Arm
Committee Chair: Education Directions
Marianne VanBuskirk began her education career in 1987 working as an education assistant, teacher, vice-principal, and principal in various school districts of BC. After moving to Salmon Arm in 1994, Marianne quickly took on leadership roles at the school district, community and provincial levels. Her post-secondary education includes a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in French and Math, a Bachelor’s Degree of Education, and a Master’s Degree of Arts in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction. In 1996, Marianne’s thesis “Developing an Elementary French Immersion Program” was presented to SD83 to assist with the future development of Early French Immersion. When not working on School Board tasks, Marianne can be found at school gyms officiating basketball or volleyball, or volunteering in the community in various capacities, including vice-president of the Salmon Arm Tennis Club and for the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues. In her spare time, Marianne enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and singing with her local band. Marianne serves on several SD83 committees including: Education Directions; First Nations Education Council; Equity; Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity; City of Salmon Arm’s Active Transportation Task Force; and the Shuswap Community Foundation Appointment Committee. Marianne’s passion is to collaborate with all, in the inclusive and welcoming environment of School District No. 83, to ensure student safety and success, while continuing to work on SD83’s Strategic Plan.
Amanda Krebs – Board Vice Chairperson
Trustee Electoral Area 4 – Salmon Arm
Committee Chair: Finance & Facilities / Audit
Amanda’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in math and a minor in biology (UBC), a Bachelor of Education degree (UBC), and a Master of Mathematics for Teachers degree (U of Waterloo). The breadth of her education experience includes teaching abroad in Japan and England, teaching for the Vancouver and Vernon schools boards, as well as teaching within the B.C. private school system. Currently, she is an instructor at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm campus, where she has been teaching math and science in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation Department (ABE) since 2013. Amanda sits on the Okanagan College’s Education Council (EdCo), on a three year term, which considers curriculum and educational policies relating to students, standards, planning and operations. It is a voting body which helps govern new (and adapted) curriculum before it is implemented and offered at the college. She has also run numerous professional development workshops for fellow peers on the topics of assessment and implementing fun games and activities in the classroom.
Trustee Electoral Area 2 – City of Enderby / CSRD Area E / District of Sicamous / RDNO Area F
Committee Chair: Labour Relations
BCPSEA Trustee Representative
Brent grew up in BC starting school in Tumbler Ridge and graduating in Fernie. He completed his post secondary education at BCIT for an Automotive Technician in 2000 and continued his career in the lower mainland until 2006. That year he and his wife moved to Salmon Arm, after visiting some friends here during the fall fair and realizing that this was where they wanted to raise a family. Prior to being a trustee Brent was active with the PAC of his two daughters’ schools, and then DPAC. Leisure time is spent on the lake and camping in the summer months and skiing in the winter. Brent would like to encourage parents to be more involved with the schools while promoting a focus on academics for stronger and successful post secondary attendance. He also strives for strengthening relationships between parents/children and the teachers through communication and transparency.
Trustee Electoral Area 3 – CSRD Areas C, F & G
Corryn Grayston moved to the Shuswap in 2005 and she and her family reside on a small acreage in Tappen. Her son attends Carlin Elementary Middle School. In 2018, Corryn joined Carlin PAC and the North Okanagan-Shuswap District PAC and for the last five years has held executive positions of Treasurer and DPAC rep for Carlin PAC. In 2019 she was elected President of DPAC and held that position for over 4 years until recently stepping down to run for School Trustee. Corryn has been a member of many boards and working groups including Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Shuswap Tourism, Sorrento Memorial Hall Association, Shuswap Economic Development Society Business Roundtable and she is currently the President of the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce. Corryn completed a Business Administration Certificate at the University of Calgary and prior to moving to the Shuswap, had a long-standing career working in human resources and financial management leadership roles within the legal sector. She was Executive Director of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce for 14 years before deciding in 2020 to resign and start her own consulting company. When time permits, Corryn gets out on the local trails with her horse or spends family time either on the water or the farm. She believes we must continue to strengthen our relationships and engagement with parents/caregivers, students, teachers, support staff and the larger community to ensure we have successful and sustainable programming, supports and resources for our children.
Trustee Electoral Area 1 – City of Armstrong / Township of Spallumcheen / CSRD Area D
Committee Chair: Policy
BCSTA Provincial Counselor
Tennile is a member of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation, raised in Prince George and Quesnel, B.C. Tennile, her husband and their three children have called Armstrong home since 2011. As a stay-at-home parent, Tennile has shared her life and work skills in various volunteer roles within her community. She has recently served as Vice-Chair and Chair for Armstrong Elementary PAC, DPAC School Representative, Treasurer for Armstrong Playschool Society, Director of Armstrong/Spallumcheen Education Society, and is currently serving as Secretary for the Armstrong/Enderby Skating Club. One of Tennile’s most rewarding volunteer roles was as Tutor and School Coordinator for LASS’s literacy intervention program, One-to-One Reading. Tennile’s passion and involvement in education led her to enroll in the Certified Education Assistant program at Okanagan College (SA), graduating in December 2018. Prior to 2011, Tennile received her Tourism Management Diploma from the University College of the Cariboo, was employed by the Secwepemc Museum & Archives, and then as a Legal Secretary in Family and Criminal Law practices. She recharges by being active with her family, camping, hiking and motorcycling, balanced with times of solitude for creative release in crafting and sewing. As elected trustee, Tennile is honoured to have the opportunity to bring her background and perspectives to the District’s strategic planning processes for the achievement and well-being of our students and staff.
British Columbia School Trustees Association
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British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association
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