Board of Trustees

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

As advocates for their constituents, RCDSB trustees maintain a strong focus on student achievement, equity and wellbeing. Trustees serve as the link between our communities and our schools to ensure that system-wide decision making continues to meet the diverse needs of all students.

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Meet your RCDSB Board of Trustees

Chair, Bryon Morris

 

Jurisdiction

Town of Petawawa; Garrison Petawawa

  • Herman Street P.S.

  • Pine View P.S.

  • Valour JK-12 School

About Bryon

Bryon served as Trustee on the Renfrew County Board of Education, representing Petawawa for fifteen years, from 1976 to 1991.

He 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. Bryon supports the inclusion of all students in our schools and strongly believes in the importance of partnerships between parents/guardians and educators as it relates to the success of our young people.

email: morrisb@rcdsb.on.ca

Vice Chair, David KaiserRCDSB Trustee David F. Kaiser

 

 

 

Jurisdiction

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

  • Killaloe P.S.

  • Palmer Rapids P.S.

  • Sherwood P.S.

  • Whitney P.S.

  • Eganville and District P.S.

  • Madawaska Valley District H.S.

  • Opeongo H.S.

About David

A graduate of Fellowes High School, David attended Mount Allison University Sackville, New Brunswick. Currently he is with Sysco Food Services Central Ontario Inc. as Business Development Manager.

David has been a trustee off and on since 2000, and has been Board Chair for two terms. He is married with three daughters, four grandchildren and can be found playing golf and hockey with his grandson and cheering on the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Blue Jays and New England Patriots!

email: kaiserd@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Marjorie Adam


Jurisdiction

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

  • Mackenzie Community School

About Marjorie

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.

Since retirement, Marjorie has enjoyed spending her time travelling widely, volunteering in her community, running, has served as editor of the North Renfrew Times and as Town Councillor.

email: adammi@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Leo Boland
Leo Boland Picture

Jurisdiction

City of Pembroke

  • Champlain Discovery P.S.

  • Highview P.S.

  • Fellowes H.S.

About Leo

Leo moved to Pembroke in the mid-80's to work for the Pembroke General Hospital Ambulance Service and quickly realized that this community would be his "forever home". Leo became involved with the JackRabbit ski program, 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.

email: bolandl2@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Nic Edge
Nic Edge

Jurisdiction

Arnprior; McNab-Braeside

  • A.J. Charbonneau P.S.

  • Walter Zadow P.S.

  • McNab P.S.

  • Arnprior District H.S.

About Nic

Nic is a graduate of the RCDSB, born and raised in Braeside and is currently studying Sociology and Concurrent Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

Nic first got involved in Educational Leadership in Grade 9 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 his spare time Nic enjoys Alpine Skiing, and he plans to become a Teacher within Ontario's Education system.

email: edgena@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Mike Guenette
Mike Guenette

Jurisdiction

Laurentian Valley; North Algona Wilberforce

  • Champlain Discovery P.S.

  • Rockwood P.S.

  • Cobden P.S.

  • Fellowes H.S.

  • Opeongo H.S.

About Mike

Mike retired in June 2017 after 33 years as a School Support Counsellor with the RCDSB, most of his career 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. 

Mike and his family enjoy getting together at the cottage, and he especially enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and spending quality time relaxing at the beach with a great campfire. 

email: guenettem@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Susan HumphriesSusan Humphries

 

Jurisdiction

Renfrew; Greater Madawaska; Horton

  • Central P.S.

  • Queen Elizabeth P.S.

  • Renfrew Collegiate I.S.

  • Renfrew Collegiate Institute

About Susan

Susan worked for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for over 35 years.

Following retirement in 2007, Susan became a trustee with the Ontario 4-H Foundation and a public member on the Horton Township General Government Committee. She also taught courses on communications and critical thinking for Algonquin College in Pembroke, and served as the RCDSB Board of Trustees Chair from 2018-2020. 

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 her church choir, golfing, traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren.

email: humphriess@rcdsb.on.ca

Trustee, Dave ShieldsChair Dave Shields

Jurisdiction

Whitewater Region; Admaston Bromley

  • Cobden P.S.

  • Beachburg P.S.

  • Admaston P.S.

  • Fellowes H.S.

  • Opeongo H.S.

About Dave

Dave first started as a school board trustee in 1985, 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 (OPSBA), was President of the Chalk River Labs Toastmasters Club and has devoted many volunteer hours  serving his community through various service clubs.

Dave enjoys golf, gardening, guitar and spending quality time with his four grandchildren.

email: shieldsd@rcdsb.on.ca

Algonquin Trustee, Jessica Verch

Jessica Verch Trustee



Jurisdiction

All RCDSB Schools

About Jessica

Jessica is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and has been an employee of the First Nation for almost 20 years. Her educational background includes a Native Social Service Worker Diploma from Canadore College, and Native Early Childhood Education Diploma from Cambrian College.

Jessica brings with her to the table experience working with students as a previous employee of the Manido Mindiwin, and currently is the Algonquin Educational Assistant.

As a RCDSB Trustee, she is committed to advocating for student success, and believes all students benefit from learning Indigenous knowledge. Jessica’s traditional teaching and culture provides a strong connection to parents/guardians, students and families in the community. 

Jessica is mother of two and has recently become a new Grandmother.

email: verchj1@rcdsb.on.ca

Student Trustee, Hudson Arbour
Hudson Arbour

About Hudson

Hudson is a Grade 12 student at Mackenzie Community School in Deep River.

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

Hudson is also an active member of Amplify, a leadership group that focuses on the mental wellbeing of students. He 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.

email: arbourh@student.rcdsb.on.ca

Student Trustee, Jazzlyn Abbott

Jazzlyn Abbott

 

About Jazzlyn

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

She has been an active member of her student council for the past five years, including working as co-president, secretary, and grade representative.

Jazzlyn also works with the Ontario Student Trustee Association (OSTA-AECO) as the Media Design Coordinator. This job entails designing documents for school boards across Ontario, working on the website content, creating social media posts, and attending meetings with the executive council. 

In her spare time, Jazzlyn works as a summer camp counsellor, and teaches piano. She enjoys sports, photography, cooking and is interested in pursuing a career in dentistry after high school.

email: abbottj@student.rcdsb.on.ca