Board of Trustees

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) is comprised of eight 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.

To review past recordings of Board and Committee meetings, click here. For Board and Committee appointments, please click here

Meet your RCDSB Board of Trustees

Chair, Bryon Morris



Town of Petawawa; Garrison Petawawa

  • Herman Street P.S.

  • Pine View P.S.

  • Valour JK-12 School

About Bryon

A proud graduate of General Panet High School, Bryon has degrees from Queen’s University (2), University of Toronto, McMaster University, and University of Ottawa. Bryon is retired after a career as a secondary teacher and vice-principal.

Bryon served as the trustee for Petawawa on the Renfrew County Board of Education from 1976 to 1991, returning in 2014 as the Petawawa Trustee on the Renfrew County District School Board. Bryon is married with five children and four grandchildren, all of whom keep him very busy. His hobby is reading and when he disappears he can usually be found in his library, his special hiding place in the house.

Bryon has served on all major committees as Trustee over the years. He is committed to seeing that all students strive to be the best they can be, that an equitable and inclusive environment is provided for our students, and that there be a strong parental voice in education. 

Our job truly is to inspire students and empower them with the necessary guidance, skills and knowledge to achieve whatever it is they seek.

Phone Number: 613-687-6468 or 613-401-1096 (mobile)

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Vice Chair, David KaiserRCDSB Trustee David F. Kaiser





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 in Sackville, New Brunswick. Currently he works at Sysco Food Services Ontario Inc. as an Account Specialist.  

David has been a trustee since 2000 and has served as Board Chairperson for two complete terms. He is married with three daughters and five grandchildren.  His hobbies are playing golf in the summer and hockey with his grandsons in winter. He can also be found cheering on the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Blue Jays and New England Patriots! As a Trustee his goals are to help support the best public education opportunities for students. 

Phone Number: 613-628-5428 or (mobile) 613-635-2137

Trustee, Marjorie Adam


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.

Phone Number: 613-584-4745 or 613-639-0200 (mobile) 


Trustee, Leo Boland
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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.

Phone Number: 613-735-7117

Trustee, Nic Edge
Nic Edge


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.

Phone Number: 613-601-9705

Trustee, Mike Guenette
Mike Guenette


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. 

Phone Number: 613-732-4767

Trustee, Susan HumphriesSusan Humphries



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 and brings a variety of skills to the Board table including: strategic planning, communications, an understanding of organizations and governance as well as experience working with adult learners.

Following retirement, Susan became a trustee with the Ontario 4-H Foundation( retired after 6 years) 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. She also sits on a scholarship selection committee with the Canadian Federation of University Women-Renfrew Club and is a strong advocate for education for all students especially women and girls.

After returning to the Valley from London Ontario, Susan and her husband Doug continue to be long-time residents of Horton Township and the Town of Renfrew. Her hobbies include being an active member of her church choir, golfing, traveling, renovating, time at the cottage with friends and visiting their children and grandchildren.

Phone Number: 613-432-8039

Trustee, Dave ShieldsChair Dave Shields


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.

Phone Number: 613-582-3483 or (mobile) 613-401-0135 or (facsimile) 613-582-3660



Student Trustee,
Ava Beggs

Ava Beggs

About Ava

Ava is a grade 11 student at Madawaska Valley District Highschool in Barry’s Bay.

She is an active advocate for social justice, women’s rights, and inclusion within her own school and community. Ava is a member of her school's activities council and looks forward to working with others for change.

In her spare time, Ava works at a local Pharmacy, babysits, educates herself on global issues,
and helps others with school. 

She thoroughly enjoys reading, sports, volunteering, and spending time with loved ones.

Being quite the fan of math and sciences, Ava hopes to head into the medical field after


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Taylor NovosedlikStudent Trustee,
Taylor Novosedlik

About Taylor

Taylor is a grade 11 student at Valour K-12 School in Petawawa.

Living on base with her family, Taylor first came to Petawawa 12 years ago and has called Renfrew County home ever since.

Taylor has been an active member of her student council since elementary school, and will be serving as a RCDSB Student Trustee for the next two years. She believes that the student voice is very important, and looks forward to working with other student leaders from across the county.

In her free time Taylor loves to work at her part-time job, sew, and spend time with her friends and family. With a special interest in science, Taylor is hoping to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse after she graduates grade 12 next year.