Candace Spilsbury has been returned as chair of the Cowichan Valley School District board. (Photo by Mark Margerison)

Board of Education returns Spilsbury as board chair

Executive member votes conducted every year within trustees’ four-year terms

Cowichan Valley School District 79 has returned Candace Spilsbury as chair of the Board of Education.

While trustees serve four-year terms, each year there is a vote for executive members. This is Spilsbury’s fourth term as a trustee and eighth term as board chair.

Barb de Groot was again voted to the vice chair position.

The district’s many recent successes have included a refined vision for education in the Cowichan Valley, the appointment of the province’s first full-time District Elder and Knowledge Keeper, a refocused effort to bring mental health, inclusion, and Indigenous understandings into professional development, and increased childcare spaces and early learning focus.

“I’m grateful that the board has again put their trust in me to help lead our important work,” noted Spilsbury. “The completion and launching of our new Strategic Plan will lay a path for educational transformation within the district. We look forward to sharing the work that will help direct the board and district for the upcoming years.”

She also serves as president of the Vancouver Island School Trustees Association.

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