The Board of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is comprised of five trustees. The Board was elected in October 2018 for a four year term. Trustee Electoral Areas can be viewed here.
To communicate with the Board, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianne VanBuskirk – Board Chair
Trustee Electoral Area 4 – Salmon Arm
Committee Chair: Education Directions
Marianne VanBuskirk began her career in education in 1987 and has worked as a school education assistant, teacher, vice-principal and principal around the province 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 in Elementary Studies 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 School District 83 to assist with the future development of an Early Immersion program. When not working on School Board tasks, Marianne can be found at school gyms officiating basketball or volleyball games, volunteering around the community as a director of the Salmon Arm Tennis Club or volunteering at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues office. In her spare time, Marianne enjoys playing tennis, singing with her local band and spending time with her teenage children when she is considered cool enough to do so. Marianne feels honoured to be collaborating with students, staff, parents, fellow trustees and community stakeholders of School District No. 83 and will be taking a co-operative team approach in order to maintain the students’ welfare and education as her highest priority.
Quentin Bruns – Vice Chair
Trustee Electoral Area 2 – City of Enderby/CSRD Area E/District of Sicamous/RDNO Area F
Committee Chair: Labour Relations / BCPSEA
Quentin was born in Enderby and grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Mara. As a student he attended both Grindrod Elementary and A.L. Fortune in Enderby. It is very satisfying for Quentin to see all three of his children attending these same schools. Quentin and his wife Daniela took over the family farm in 1996. Since then, he has been active on many boards including School District No. 83 (2002 – 2005) and most recently Enderby and District Financial as well as First West Credit Union (2006 – present). Playing and coaching both soccer and hockey are among Quentin’s passions.
Trustee Electoral Area 3 – CSRD Areas C & F
Committee Chair: Partner Group Liaison
For the last 22 years Marty has been happily married to his wife Krystal and they have two wonderful children together. Marty’s career started in the forest industry as a production worker then as a certified trades person. He was elected president of USW Local 1-417 in 2005 and remains so today. For the last decade, he served as co-chair/trustee of a large health and welfare plan, as well as a large multi-employer pension plan. Marty has received significant education regarding trust duties including; certification in Fundamentals of Trust Management Systems (FTMS), Advance Trust Management Systems (ATMS) and attending a number of educational conferences through the IFEBP, a leader in trustee/fiduciary education. Marty received his professional designation in group benefits (GBA) through Dalhousie University/IFEBP in 2014. In 2018, he was elected as a Director of Pacific Blue Cross, a non-profit insurance company that provides benefits for approximately 1.5 million BC citizens, and graduated from the BCIT Occupational Health and Safety Program. Marty currently works as an associate instructor for the B.C. Fed Health and Safety Centre and is presently in the application process for his designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.
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 1 – City of Armstrong/ Township of Spallumcheen/CSRD Area D
Committee Chair: Policy
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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