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Pembina Hills trustee given the go-ahead to pursue position on ASBA board

Division policy required board approval via a motion
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A motion to give Pembina Hills trustee Victoria Kane approval to seek a position on the ASBA board of directors came up during the Aug. 30 board meeting, but the matter wasn't resolved until Sept. 20.

BARRHEAD/WESTLOCK — Pembina Hills trustees gave their blessing at the Sept. 20 meeting for one of their own to pursue a position on the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) board of directors. 

Secretary-treasurer Heather Nanninga said that during the Aug. 30 meeting, Pembina Hills West — Ward 1 trustee Victoria Kane had indicated her interest in becoming the Zone 2/3 director on the ASBA board. 

The ASBA is organized into five zones representing different geographic regions of the province, and the Pembina Hills School Division falls into Zone 2/3. 

Nanninga said this position is an elected role and the election would occur at the Zone 2/3 annual general meeting on Oct. 23. 

As per division policy, however, in order for a trustee to run for a position on either the ASBA or Public School Boards Association of Alberta (PSBAA) board of directors, they first need the approval of the board via a formal motion. 

Nanninga said a motion had been put forward by Pembina Hills East — Ward 1 trustee Maureen Schnirer at the Aug. 30 meeting, but it was ultimately tabled and not re-visited. Since that motion was already on the table, a new motion was not needed. 

Speaking in favour of her motion, Schnirer said she thought it would be beneficial “to have a seat at the table … and to see what’s happening at that level with all those other divisions.” 

Incidentally, this is Kane’s first term as a trustee on the Pembina Hills board, as she was elected back in 2021.

Kevin Berger,