John McKee (Ward 1)
John McKee has ranched west of Claresholm most of his life. He took all of his schooling in Claresholm, graduating from Willow Creek Composite High in 1975. John moved to Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta and completed his BSc in Agriculture in 1979. After working for WestCan Irrigation for a couple of years in Lethbridge he decided to return to school. He enrolled in education at the University of Lethbridge and finished his BEd in 1982. During his final year he met and married Jenny Schulze from Eastend, Saskatchewan. They then moved to Altario, Alberta where John taught for three years and Jenny taught at Provost. A teaching position came available at Fort Macleod and John and Jenny moved there in 1985. John taught at the G.R. Davis School for one year. John's Dad decided to expand his ranching operation and a decision was made to return to the ranch and assist in the everyday operation. Jenny currently teaches at West Meadow Elementary in Claresholm.
John and Jenny have three children; Trent, an electrician in Fort McMurry, Ethan who is attending the UofL and Mikayla who is a dental assistant in Claresholm.
John has had a variety of positions while his children were growing up. He served as a hockey coach, trainer and/or manager on several hockey teams, as President of Minor Hockey, President of the Swim Club, Zone Representative of ASSA and 4H Leader. Some other positions include the Noble Grand of Odd Fellows, Member of Special Places Committee and School Trustee for Willow Creek School Division.
Having been a teacher, substitute teacher throughout the northern end of the present LRSD, and former School Trustee, John has an understanding of the 'ins and outs' of the everyday school operation. This unique perspective allows him to represent the stakeholders of Ward One in making informed decisions which result in the best possible teaching and learning outcomes for students.
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Bradley Toone (Ward 1)
Brad Toone lives in Claresholm with his wife Andrea and their two daughters. Both daughters are currently attending West Meadow Elementary School. Having grown up on a farm near Claresholm, Brad knew at an early age that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by continuing the family business.
Brad has said "both farming and being a Trustee are in his blood". His great grandfather was a farmer east of Claresholm and a Trustee for the Starline School District. Although a lot has changed in the hundred plus years that have passed since his great grandfather's time, the desire to serve their community is a common thread that runs between them. Brad also credits his father's example that has fostered a strong desire to serve in his community. In the past he has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of Canada program and is currently a member of the Claresholm Lion's Club.
Brad is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Livingstone Range School Division. He believes in and is striving for transparency and fostering a collaborative relationship with all stakeholders.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Long (Ward 2)
Greg is a retired teacher who served in the Crowsnest Pass for 30 years. He and his wife, Connie, have three married sons and four grandchildren. Greg decided to become a trustee as he felt he was ready to be involved again in the education and welfare of young people.
In addition to his years in teaching, Greg was a chairman in the Alberta Teachers Association for 15 years. He has strong leadership and organizational skills, and is a positive, congenial and collaborative person.
The school environment is of utmost importance to Greg, and he hopes to get involved on committees that promote this.
Greg would like for each student to feel that school is a place they want to be. He believes it’s the responsibility of the school board to help them realize their potential and be prepared for a healthy mental, emotional and physical life.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email email@example.com
Clara Yagos (Ward 2)
Clara Yagos lived the first few years of her childhood in Coleman then at Lee Lake near Burmis on the family ranch where she currenty resides. She has a daughter and was blessed with a granddaughter in 2010.
Clara attended Fir Grove School then Livingstone (Lundbreck) School. She obtained a BEd from the University of Alberta and worked towards her MEd at the University of Calgary. Clara taught in schools in communities throughout the province including Grande Prairie, Bassano, Sedgewick, Provost, Coalhurst, Piikani First Nations and Lacombe, mainly as a Secondary Social Studies teacher but also at the elementary level. Clara was principal of Lacombe Outreach School with Wolf Creek School Division prior to her retirement in 2006.
Clara is involved as a volunteer advocate with Victim Services in Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass and as a Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek Humane Society / SPCA and Pincher Creek Women's Emergency Shelter Association. She works for the Corps of Commissionaires as a guard at the Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment.
Having worked in rural schools, and being involved in education as a teacher and administrator, Clara understands the issues facing our public school system, especially in rural areas. Given diminishing resources, she knows the difficulties administrators and teachers face in providing a quality education for students. Clara believes that rural students should have the same advantages as their urban counterparts in class size, curriculum materials, availability of course options, technology and human resources.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Burdett (Ward 3)
Jim is a store manager at Canadian Co-op Wool Growers. He and his wife, Charlene, have eight children and 15 grandchildren. Jim enjoys hiking, sports and the outdoors. Jim was previously a LRSD trustee for seven years. He missed being a member of the board and returned because he believes there is still work to be done.
Strengths that Jim brings to the trustee position are experience, passion, directness and determination. He also has a love for student learning and an understanding of governance and accountability.
Jim’s focus as a board member is on student success and all issues that affect student learning, as well as to help find a new superintendent to serve the Division for years to come.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email email@example.com
Lori Hodges (Ward 3)
Lori has lived in Fort Macleod for 11 years. She has three children – one in college and two in grade 11. Lori works at His and Hers Hair Salon in Fort Macleod. She has a passion for education and a willingness to learn and listen.
Lori believes in the work of Livingstone Range School Division, and her committee work with parents is very important to her. She hopes to build stronger relationships between parents and the Division.
The most important role of the board, in Lori’s view, is to do what’s best for children and to ensure every decision is based around them.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacey Poytress (Ward 3)
Lacey is a mother of four, married to husband Aaron for 11 years. She teaches fitness classes and loves to run, read and spend time with her family. She is personable, open-minded, dedicated and is available to dedicate time to her new role.
Lacey believes the education of children is the most important thing we can invest our time and money into, and she became a trustee so she could be part of the process of ensuring each child receives the best education possible.
Goals that are important to Lacey include safe learning environments, student equality, acknowledgment of student achievements and maintaining a “students first” philosophy.
As a trustee, Lacey wants to ensure students receive the best education and teachers have the proper tools to provide it to them.
Contact: (403) 625-3356 (Central Office, Claresholm) or email email@example.com