Departments and Administration

The Western Québec School Board prides itself in providing excellent educational services. To do so, a group of people work diligently in different departments to ensure that the Board runs smoothly.

The Board has eight main departments that oversee all aspects of the board’s mandate, including facets such as curriculum, buildings, school maintenance, staffing and transportation. Each employee makes a vital contribution to the high quality bilingual education offered in our schools.

To contact a team member or department, head over to the Contact page.


On this page:

See also:


Organizational Chart

Board Office Family Portrait

Senior Administration

Western Québec’s General Directorate consists of the Director General, the Assistant Director General, the Secretary General and the directors of each main departments. This group oversees all of the Board activities, ranging from budgeting, educational services, to managing the board’s relations with elected commissioners and Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

  • Mike Dubeau, Director General, Director of School Org & Transport
  • Ruth Ahern, Assistant Director General, Director of Adult Education & Vocational Training
  • George Singfield, Secretary General & Director of Corporate Services
  • Terry Kharyati, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Human Resources
  • Pascal Proulx, Director of Buildings, Technology and Transportation
  • Lisa Falasconi, Director of Complimentary Services
  • Stewart Aitken, Director of Elementary Education
  • Martine Lupien, Director of Finance
  • Alain Gendron, Coordinator of Administrative Services & Contract Compliance
  • Rachel Vincent, Administrative Officer (rvincent@wqsb.qc.ca)

To contact a member of the Senior Admin team, use the Contact a member of Senior Administration form.


Buildings, Equipment & Transportation

Our Building Services Department supports the mission of the School Board in providing the best possible learning environment. This is accomplished by the effective and efficient management of available resources to provide healthy, safe, well maintained and operated facilities, and through the delivery of responsive maintenance, custodial, and construction services in harmony with the individual learning communities.

We are dedicated to providing:

  • a high standard of cleanliness and operating efficiency;
  • an effective preventive maintenance program;
  • a high standard of repairs and maintenance;
  • an effective engineering creative design and construction service;
  • legislative compliance and high standards of energy, environmental, safety and security services;
  • an efficient financial and administrative service to meet the requirements of the department;
  • effective communications, good working relationships with our communities and continual and meaningful staff development.
Transportation

Western Québec is the only English school board serving the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions. Every day, over 6400 students are transported to 25 different schools and education centres across our vast territory of more than 90,000 square kilometers. That’s about twice the size of Nova Scotia! Over 2.5 million kilometres of roads are traversed by our ± 150 vehicles annually!

The Transportation Department has an outstanding safety record. Through the dedication and the concerted efforts of bus contractors, drivers, school communities and Transportation Department staff, a safe transportation environment is assured for all our students.

In order to preserve its outstanding safety record and maintain seamless transportation every day, WQSB follows a rigorous policy and relies on specific guidelines to ensure that decisions are made efficiently and professionally.

School closures and bus cancellations – In the event of school closures and bus cancellations as a result of inclement weather, information will be available to you in different manners. Including through push notifications on our mobile app, on this website, on our Facebook page, on our Twitter feed, as well as on the air at local radio and television stations.

Building rentals – In general, schools and their initiatives fall under the responsibility of the school principal and the governing board as created by their deed of establishment.  The board recognizes the rights and responsibilities, of the governing board as outlined in the Act.  In those matters related to the use of the premises or immovable placed at the disposal of the school are subject to Policy B-6.

  • Pascal Proulx, Director of Buildings, Technology & Transportation
  • Manon Dusablon, Assistant Director of Buildings and Transportation
  • Soufiane El Ouezzani, Coordinator of Buildings
  • Tammy Gauthier, Administrative Technician for Buildings & Equipment (buildings@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Georgia Boulingui, Office Agent
  • Project Management:
    • Luc Carrière, Superintendant
    • Soumia Aissaoui, Project Manager
    • Chris Mick, Project Manager
  • School Transportation:
  • Maintenance:
    • Bruce Courchaine, Caretaker Technical Support
    • Stéphane Sigouin, Certified Maintenance
    • Len Beaudoin, Certified Maintenance
    • Michel Larocque, Certified Maintenance
    • Yves Houle, Certified Maintenance
    • Jesse Godin Adams, Certified Maintenance
    • Frank Frost, Certified Maintenance

To write to this department, use the form on the Contact page, or email addresses buildings@wqsb.qc.ca and transport@wqsb.qc.ca.


Complementary Services

The Western Québec School Board is committed to ensuring that all students achieve success. The Western Québec model of service delivery emphasizes inclusion.  Students with special needs, as well as staff working with them, are supported by the Complementary Services Department.

  • Lisa Falasconi, Director of Complementary Services
  • Helen Carrière, Administrative Technician (hcarriere@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Madeleine Beauchamp, Office Agent
  • Special Needs Consultants:
    • Lynn Webster, Special Needs Consultant
    • Cindy Smith, Special Needs Consultant
    • Andrea Mailloux, Special Needs Consultant
    • Steve Greig, Special Needs Consultant
    • Joanne Jolliffe, Special Needs Consultant
    • Kelly Schofield, Special Needs Consultant
  • Re-Adaptation Services:
    • Janet Sauvé, Readaptation Officer – ASD/Early Intervention
    • Michele Elstone, Readaptation Officer – ASD/Early Intervention
    • Carlee St-Denis, Readaptation Officer
  • Drug Awareness Resource Team (DART) & Sexuality Education Services:
    • Erica Tomkinson, Social Work Technician
    • Kelly Connolly, Social Work Technician
  • Speech & Language Services:
    • Leah MacQuarrie, Speech & Language Pathologist
    • Dana Johannsen, Speech & Language Pathologist
    • Carole Bélanger, Speech & Language Pathologist
    • Isabelle Poitras, Speech & Hearing Correction Officer
    • Lori Watson, Speech & Hearing Correction Officer
  • Social, Social Work & Psychological Services:
    • Josette Kodsi, Social Worker
    • Andrea Shattler, Social Services Officer (Transition Agent)
    • Jake Ahern-Davy, Social Worker
    • Karen Gobeil, Psychologist

Education

The Western Québec School Board creates and nurtures lifelong learners. It strives to offer the best possible education in a safe and supportive environment. As our mission statement indicates, “We are committed to academic excellence, quality education and social, emotional and moral development.” Every decision made at the board level permeates into our schools and we truly focus on the students and their individual learning abilities.

  • Ruth Ahern, ADG and Director of Adult Education and Vocational Training
  • Terry Kharyati, Director of Secondary Education
  • Stewart Aitken, Director of Elementary Education
  • Chantel Hutter, Administrative Support for Elementary Education (chutter@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Chantal Champagne, Administrative Support for Secondary Education and Adult Learning (cchampagne@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Lyn Fitzsimmons, Administrative Support for Adult Learning – Academics (lfitzsimmons@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Consultant Team:
    • Andrée Fortin, Education Consultant – Adult Education & Vocational Training
    • Larissa Sansom, Education Consultant – English Language Arts
    • Anne Valcov, Education Consultant
    • Virginia Lavigne, Education Consultant – French Second Language
    • Jeff Harvey, Education Consultant – Math & Teacher Induction Program
    • Louise Ricard, Education Consultant – French
    • Sylvie Pouliotte, Education Consultant – French & Teacher Induction Program
    • Lee Randall, Librarian

Finance

Staff deal with all financial matters pertaining to the Board, schools, centres, and daycares. It also oversees all matters dealing with school taxes.

The department distributes the allocated funds from the ministère and taxation in a fair and transparent manner based on the socio-economic ranking of the schools.

School Taxes – We prepared a page with the answers to your questions on School Taxes. Thank you for taking a look at it before contacting our tax team.

Financial Statements – By law, the school board shall appoint an external auditor to carry out the verification and reporting mandate issued by the MEES on the financial transactions of the school board. The results of these verifications are presented as Financial Statements.

Budget – The Québec government must include in its financial reporting the results of all Québec educational and health institutions. Therefore, all boards must report their finances according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

  • Martine Lupien, Director of Finance
  • Nathalie Dagenais, Coordinator of Finance
  • Cristian Circu, Data Processing Analyst
  • Julie Lafontaine, Admin Tech – Finance
  • Accounts Payable & Receivable:
    • Linda Cox, Superintendant
    • Chantal Godin, Office Agent
    • Chase Howard Sabourin, Office Agent
  • Tax team:
    • Nicole Leclerc, Superintendant
    • Angel Ethier, Office Agent
    • Natacha Rossignol, Office Agent
    • Naïssa Foresmy, Office Agent
    • Ashley Cooper, Office Agent
    • Krista McGillivray, Office Agent

To write to this department, use the form on the Contact page, or email addresses taxes@wqsb.qc.ca and finance@wqsb.qc.ca.


Human Resources

The primary role of the Human Resources Department is to hire, promote and develop qualified and professional staff to ensure that students achieve their full potential. HR also offers direction and guidance to management personnel for issues involving staffing and labour relations. In addition, it provides all employees with services and advice related to career aspirations, compensation and benefits.

  • Terry Kharyati, Director of HR
  • Krystal Boutin, Coordinator of HR
  • Suzan Hunter, Superintendant of Payroll
  • Matthew Queale, Superintendent of Payroll
  • Sylvie Monette, Administrative Technician
  • Mackenzie Kelly, Office Agent
  • Kimberley Robertson, Administrative Technician
  • Kerry Reasbeck, Administrative Technician
  • Dixie Arial, Office Agent

To write to this departement, use the form on the Contact page, or email addresses hr@wqsb.qc.ca or jobs_emplois@wqsb.qc.ca.


Technology

The mandate of the Information Technology Department is to give support in all activities of the School Board when technology is involved. These responsibilities are split into two main domains:

Administrative systems – These represent a wide area of activities: human resources and payroll, finance, purchasing, student transportation, taxation, etc.  It is comprised of the following responsibilities:

  • oversight of all corporate and school servers;
  • management of the Western Québec Telecommunication Network and Fibre Network;
  • maintenance of all computer hardware and software.

Pedagogical services

  • school board corporate systems;
  • school decentralized systems: student registration, student evaluation, scheduling student fees management, library management systems, daycare activities, etc.;
  • training activities.
  • Pascal Proulx, Director of Buildings, Technology & Archives
  • Carrie-Anne Collins, Manager of Technology
  • Tammy Gauthier, Administrative Technician for Technology (technology@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Gina-Lynn McKinnon, Data Processing Principal Class
  • Lisa Diner, RECIT & Technology
  • Mathieu Prud’homme, Data Processing Analyst
  • Riley Rooney, Data Processing Technician
  • Mathurin Nyiade, Data Processing Operator
  • Stuart Gray, Education Technology Consultant
  • Zhuo (Zoé) Chen, Data Processing Technician

To write to this departement, use the form on the Contact page, or email address technology@wqsb.qc.ca.


School Organization & Corporate Services

The School Organization team does a lot: from school admissions to 101 compliance to Mozaïk and GPI support to schools.

Corporate Services include the Secrétariat Général, archives and communications services.

  • George Singfield, Secretary General & Director of Corporate Services and Communications
  • Lee-Ann Beaulé, Superintendant of School Organization
  • François Raymond, Communications Consultant (fraymond@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Sabrina Crawford, Admin Technician – Admissions (admissions@wqsb.qc.ca)
  • Kim Wilson, Admin Technician – School Organization
  • Tracy Olsen, Documentation Technician