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New school year marked by Powell River Board of Education chair

Dale Lawson highlights accomplishments of school board
TERM EXPIRING: Powell River Board of Education chairperson Dale Lawson used her final address to highlight accomplishments in the school district.

In her last address as Powell River Board of Education chairperson for the current term, Dale Lawson marked another beginning of a school year.

“September is a perfect time to welcome new beginnings,” said Lawson at the School District 47 board meeting on September 14. “I always enjoy the proud first day photos shared by many at the beginning of the school year.

“There’s a sense of excitement throughout the district with meet-the-teacher nights, community building days, house teams, dances and a plethora of activities to get students, families and staff reacquainted and get everyone back into the groove.”

Lawson said for those around the school board table, September also marks an ending as trustees participate in their last board meeting together.

“Each of us brings unique skills, experiences and perspective to this role,” said Lawson. “It doesn’t matter where you come from or what experiences have helped to shape who you are, student success matters to all of us.”

Lawson said that over the concluding four-year term, trustees have invested in a considerable number of leadership positions to advance the board’s priorities, including directors of instruction, communications, technology and a district principal of Indigenous education.

“We’ve made additional investments in staffing for implementation of before and after school care, plus school meal programs, and we’ve added two new child-care centres to our community, just to name a few,” said Lawson. “Over this term we engaged all stakeholder groups to complete an overhaul of district policies and administrative procedures to ensure they reflect our board’s values and continued commitment to facilitating a safe, diverse, inclusive and collaborative culture for staff and students.”

Lawson said she wanted to take a moment to thank all who put their names forward over the expiring term for the opportunity to serve in the important work of school trustee.

“It’s a big commitment to put your time, passion and dedication into a four-year term,” said Lawson. “I’d like to acknowledge Doug Skinner for his commitment of 14 years of service as trustee in our district. Doug’s contributions have been extensive over the years; his passion for supporting student success has been unwavering. His voice will be missed around the table. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Lawson said the next time trustees convene at the board table, the team will look a little different.

“Regardless, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to continuing momentum and preparing students to face a changing world as lifelong learners and informed, responsible citizens,” added Lawson.

She suggested that people visit the school district’s website at to learn more about the board of education, the strategic plan, and the programs and services the school district offers. 

“Lastly, on behalf of the board, I’d like to extend sincere thanks and appreciation for all of our staff who work so hard to deliver excellence in the work they do for us every single day,” said Lawson. “Thank you all; we’re going to have a fantastic school year.”

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