Meet the Trustees

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) is comprised of eight publicly elected trustees and two student trustees. Trustee elections are usually held every four years in November where these positions and other committee memberships are determined.


Jurisdiction / Bio


Chair Susan Humphries

Renfrew; Greater Madawaska; Horton

  • Central PS
  • Queen Elizabeth PS
  • Renfrew Collegiate IS
  • Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Susan worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for over 35 years.  Some of her roles included:  working with local, regional and provincial 4-H volunteers, members and parents; managing budgets, staff and offices across the eastern and southwest regions of Ontario and leading large teams working on complex projects such as Ministry reorganization and website restructuring. 


Following retirement in 2007, Susan became a trustee with the Ontario 4-H Foundation.  She also sits as a public member on the Horton Township General Government Committee and has taught courses on communications and critical thinking for Algonquin College in Pembroke.   


Susan and her husband Doug are long time residents of Horton Township and the Town of Renfrew. Her hobbies include being an active member of a church choir, golfing, traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren.





Discipline (Chair)

Policy Review (Chair) 
Director's Review (Chair)  

OPSBA (Director) 
Student Senate

































215 Munroe Ave. E

Renfrew, ON

K7V 3K6


Vice Chair Bryon Morris

Town of Petawawa; CFB Petawawa

  • Herman Street PS
  • Pine View PS
  • Valour School

Bryon Morris was elected to the Renfrew County District School Board in December 2014.

Trustee Morris also is a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee, Policy Review Committee and is Chair of the Audit Committee.  He was a Trustee on the Renfrew County Board of Education, representing Petawawa for fifteen years, from 1976 to 1991.


Trustee Morris firmly believes that every student is entitled to the best education possible and that available resources be utilized in the most effective and efficient manner possible to attain that end.  He believes in the inclusion of all students in our schools and strongly supports the partnership between parents and the schools in the education of our young people.


Bryon is married to Jennifer and he has five children and four grandchildren.


















Parent Involvement Committee
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Committee of the Whole (Chair) 
Policy Review
Director's Review
Pathways to Thrve 

Mike Guenette

Laurentian Valley; North Algona Wilberforce

  • Champlain Discovery PS
  • Rockwood PS
  • Cobden PS
  • Fellowes HS
  • Opeongo HS


Mike retired in June 2017 after 33 years with the RCDSB employed as a School Support Counsellor. He and his wife Mona have two adult children, Melissa and Marc. They currently enjoy thriving careers in Ottawa.

Most of his career was spent at Fellowes High School. He also spent several years in the elementary system at the former Hillcrest and Westmeath, and at the Cobden District Public School. 

When his children were of school age, he coached hockey in Shady Nook but is best known for his many years of coaching soccer at Fellowes High School and for the Pembroke Soccer Club's house league and competitive teams.

The Guenette family enjoys getting together at the cottage because of its many outdoor activities. He especially enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and spending quality time relaxing at the beach with a great campfire. 

Mike believes that being a trustee is a great way to serve the students and their families of Renfrew County.




Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)





















569 Elizabeth Street
Pembroke, ON
K8A 1W7

Leo Boland

City of Pembroke


  • Champlain Discovery PS
  • Highview PS
  • Fellowes HS

Leo moved to Pembroke in the mid-80's to work for the Pembroke General Hospital Ambulance Service. He quickly realized that this community would be his "forever home" and became involved with the JackRabbit ski program and Toastmasters and found his true calling once his eldest child started at a cooperative nursery school and he became a permanent volunteer. Leo enjoys looking for rare birds, taking digital photos and playing "old dude" hockey.


His spouse and daughter put up with the assorted equipment to support his hobbies and try to restrain his sock and tie choices.




Finance and Resources (Chair) 

Indigenous Education Advisory

 Board representative on the  RCJTC


















438 D'Arcy Street

Pembroke, ON

K8A 6B3




RCDSB Trustee David F. Kaiser

David F. Kaiser

Bonnechere Valley; Killaloe; Hagarty and Richards; Madawaska Valley; Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan; South Algonquin

  • Killaloe PS
  • Palmer Rapids PS
  • Sherwood PS
  • Whitney PS
  • Eganville District PS
  • Madawaska Valley District HS
  • Opeongo HS

A graduate of Fellowes High School, David attended Mount Allison University Sackville New Brunswick.

He is currently with Sysco Food Services Central Ontario Inc. as Business Development Manager.

He has been a trustee off and on since 2000 and has been board Chair for two terms. 


He is married with 3 daughters all RCDSB graduates and has 4 grandchildren.

His hobbies and interests include golf and hockey with his grandson and cheering on the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Blue Jays and New England Patriots!


Parent Involvement Committee 
Policy Review 
Student Senate

Board representative on the RCJTC 



























125 Hartwig Street, P.O. Box 725

Eganville, ON

K0J 1T0


(mobile) 613-635-2137

Nic Edge

Arnprior; McNab-Braeside

  • A. J. Charbonneau PS
  • Walter Zadow PS
  • McNab PS
  • Arnprior District HS

Nic is a graduate of the RCDSB and was born and raised in Braeside, Ontario.


Nic is currently studying Sociology and Concurrent Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.


Nic first got involved in Educational Leadership in Grade 9 year at Arnprior District High School (ADHS) when he joined Student Council. Throughout his high school years, Nic held various positions on Student Council at ADHS. In his Grade 12 year he joined the board as Student Trustee holding the term for two years. Over those two years Nic continued to sit on ADHS Student Council as Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He also held various responsibilities within the Ontario Student Trustee Association sitting as Secretary and Eastern Regional Rep on the Public Board Council.


In Nic’s spare time he enjoys Alpine Skiing and reading various texts for his program. In the future, Nic plans on becoming a Teacher within Ontario's Education system.



Calendar Committee





































40 Woodbridge Court 

Braeside, ON

Box 156


Marjorie Adam

Deep River; Town of Laurentian Hills; Head, Clara and Maria;

  • Mackenzie Community School

Marjorie enjoyed a long career in education, including 37 years with the RCDSB as teacher and principal in both elementary and secondary schools in Deep River, Petawawa and Pembroke.

She taught all grades from K to 13, coached track and cross-country and often collaborated with the Curriculum and Student Success teams. After retirement she has travelled widely, joined a Rotary Club, volunteered in the community and kept on running.

She lives in Deep River and has served as editor of the North Renfrew Times and as a Town Councillor. Her three children were educated in the local public schools, and now four of her six grandchildren are also in public schools



Audit (Chair)
SEAC (Alternate)
Equity and Inclusion (Chair)
Policy Review
Indigenous Education Advisory
OPSBA (Alternate)



























211 Thomas Street
Deep River, ON
K0J 1P0

Chair Dave Shields
Dave Shields

Whitewater Region; Admaston Bromley

  • Cobden PS
  • Beachburg PS
  • Admaston PS
  • Fellowes HS
  • Opeongo HS

Dave first started as a school board trustee in 1985. 

Dave retired from Atomic Energy in 1998 with 32 years service and was owner/operator of Shields Photography for many years.

Since 2003, he has been elected to various positions with the Ontario Public School Board Association including Director, Chair of the Policy Development Work Team and Vice President of the Eastern Region.

He was President of the Chalk River Labs Toastmasters Club and has devoted most of his life serving his community and beyond including involvement in the Lions club where he served as Beachburg Club President, Regional Chairman and Deputy District Governor, Easter Seal Telethon Coordinator and Honorary Cancer Survivor for the Whitewater Relay for Life.

He spent a term on Beachburg Municipal Council and held positions with a variety of health initiatives including Chair of the Whitewater/Bromley Community Health Center Board and more recently Patient representative on the North Renfrew Health Links Steering Committee.

His hobbies are golf, gardening, guitar and spending quality time with his 4 grandchildren.




Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) (Alternate)
Program and Student Achievement (Chair)
Director's Review
Pathways to Thrive
Ontario Public School Boards Association (Delegate) 






































Box 171, 1645 Beachburg Road Beachburg, ON

K0J 1C0


(mobile) 613-401-0135
(facsimile) 613-582-3660

Sam Abbott

Sam Abbott 

Student Trustee

Sam is a Grade 11 student at Valour JK-12 School in Petawawa.

He has been an active member of his student council for the past five years including stints as class representative, secretary and grade representative.


Sam has participated in multiple leadership conferences including OELC, Amplify, May Leadership Course and LTC and wants to use the skills he learned and honed at these events to help strenghtening student voice across the District. 


In his spare time, he works as a camp counsellor and camp soccer instructor and teaches piano. 






























 Meet your trustees

Hudson Arbour 

Student Trustee















Hudson is a Grade 11 student at Mackenzie Community School in Deep River.


For two years Hudson has worked with his school’s Student Council. Hudson enjoys being a member of Mackenzie’s Theatre Arts Company (TACO) and is a Link Crew leader - engaging and mentoring grade 9 students.


He is an active member of Amplify, a leadership group that focuses on the mental well-being of students. Hudson has experience as a day camp leader through the Town of Deep River, and is currently working with North Renfrew Family Services in a youth led initiative.  With his experience and knowledge, Hudson hopes to bring a unique perspective. 


Hudson enjoys acting, hip hop and musical theater. He is interested in pursuing a career in politics