In addition to schools having their own Governing Boards, the Western Québec School Board is itself governed by a council of 16 commissioners. These 16 commissioners are either elected every four years by eligible voters whose names are on the territory’s English Electors List, or appointed under the Act as parent-commissioners, respecting school-level elections (governing boards). The person presiding Council become the Chairperson of our school board.
On this page:
- Meet our Chairperson
- Meet your Commissioners
- Procedure to Attend or Participate
- Commissioners’ Role
- Become a Commissioner
- Board Elections
- Governing Boards at the School Level
- Parents’ Committee
- Special Education Advisory Committee
Meet Chair Wayne Daly
With his decades of experience in the regional education sector, Wayne Daly becomes the 6th chair to the Western Québec School Board.
In 1973 he started his career at D’Arcy McGee High School as a science lab technician, then took up the position of TOS (Technician for the organization of schools). He then transferred to École secondaire Mont-Bleu in 1986 and then moved to École secondaire de l’Ile. In 2000 he was promoted to an administrative position where he was responsible for scheduling and reporting systems, as well as administering the school’s sports and recreation programs. He retired from full-time employment in 2007.
With his years of hands-on experience and dedication to school administration, it is really no surprise if, even after his retirement, he continues to offer his services to local secondary schools.
Wayne was first elected to our school board’s Council in 2008 and has represented the people of Aylmer in Wards 9 and 10 until being acclaimed Chairman on January 17, 2022. Since sitting on Council, he has actively participated in various committees, including Ethics, Discipline, Communications and Executive.
Mr. Daly’s chairmanship will be focused on graduating students who can function in both official languages and are academically and socially prepared to meet the challenges that await them after graduation. We look forward to all our student becoming engaged citizens who will make valuable contributions to society.
Meet your Commissioners
The Council of Commissioners regularly meets once a month. Since the elected officials represent their community, they must take the time to become familiar with the issues that concern their voters and to inform parents, electors, the governing boards and the community as a whole of the decisions taken.
|Ward or position||Commissioners||Schools or representation|
|1||Ken Brushey||G. Théberge, Noranda & Golden Valley|
|2||Michael McCrank||Dr. Wilbert Keon & St. John’s|
|3||Greg Graham||Dr. S.E. McDowell & Pontiac High|
|4||Stephanie Lyrette-Brennan||Maniwaki Woodland, Queen Elizabeth, St. Michael’s & Wakefield|
|6||Rhonda Boucher||Namur, Poltimore and Buckingham|
|7||Andrew Cornforth||Greater Gatineau|
|8||Kevin Shaar||Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Hadley Junior & Philemon Wright|
|9||Nick Giannakoulis||South Hull, Symmes Junior & D’Arcy McGee|
|10||Cathy Goldsbrough||Lord Aylmer|
|11||Joanne Labadie||Eardley & Onslow|
|Parent-Commissioner||Carl Coutlée||Elementary Levels|
|Parent-Commissioner||Erin Connell||Secondary Levels|
|Parent-Commissioner||Greg Brennan||K-11 Schools|
|Parent-Commissioner||Letitia Taylor||Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)|
Council of Commissioner’s meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to address the Council may do so during the Public Participation Period, which is normally between 7 and 7:15 PM.
All individuals or groups wishing to ask questions or state their concerns during the Public Participation Period are asked to submit a request to the Secretary General prior to the meeting.
School commissioners play a key role. Elected by the citizens, they determine the orientations of the school board, taking into consideration the interests of the students, parents and electors of their community.
Since the school board is an autonomous local government, the commissioners, who together make up the council of commissioners, exercise responsibilities comparable to those of municipal councillors.
Since 2014, the chairs of school boards are elected by universal suffrage, meaning that the electors choose the person who will chair their local school board.
The commissioner decides on the following matters:
- the orientations and priorities of the school board;
- educational and administrative policies;
- the school board’s strategic plan;
- the use of schools and training centres under the school board’s jurisdiction;
- the equitable distribution of human, material and financial resources among the schools and training centres;
- the school transportation policy (including fees and walking distances);
- summer courses offered and related fees;
- awarding of professional service contracts (eg. in architecture or engineering) or hygiene and sanitation service contracts;
- the budget orientations and expenses to be authorized;
- the Policy on School Daycare Services;
- affiliation with national or international organizations (e.g. International Baccalaureate) or withdrawal from these organizations;
- fees for renting out rooms or space to municipal or community organizations;
- social projects to prevent students from dropping out or to eliminate violence and bullying.
Every person who is entitled to have his or her name entered on the list of electors and who, on polling day, has been domiciled on WQ territory for at least six months may be elected as a Commissioner. Notice will be given prior to the next elections. This notice will include all the information needed to file for nomination. For more information, refer to the Directeur Général des Élections du Québec.
The WQ territory is divided into 11 electoral divisions. Each division elects one commissioner.
School democracy concerns all Western Quebecers. Parents of children attending a school, adults attending an adult education centre or a vocational training centre, and citizens who care about the vitality of their neighbourhood all have an interest in participating in the election process.
To be able to exercise your right to vote, you must first be registered on the permanent list of electors of the Directeur Général des Élections du Québec.
If you have one or more children enrolled at the WQSB, you will be registered for its elections by default, as long as you reside on its territory.
If you do not have children, or have children enrolled neither at the WQSB nor at the French-language school board serving your domicile, you will by default be entered on the list of electors of the French-language school board. However, you can always choose to enter the WQSB Electors list instead, by submitting a filled Opt-in Opt-out form to the General Directorate.
Each of the 30 WQ schools has its own governing board. It is made up of an equal number of staff members and parents. The governing board plays a crucial role in determining a school’s direction and works in conjunction with the school principal.
The governing board is responsible for approving and overseeing a variety of issues including educational projects and the implementation of school budgets, regulation and student supervision policies. The board is also involved in the choice of school textbooks and other instructional materials, school closures as well as the selection process for the appointment of the school principal and confessional status.
For more information about a specific school’s governing board, contact it or visit its website.
The Parents’ Committee is an advisory committee to the school board. Each school within the board’s territory has a representative on the committee chosen from the parent members sitting on each governing board. A representative from the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) also sits on the committee.
Its primary role consists of representing parents’ interests within the school board. The main responsibilities are:
- to promote the participation of parents in school board activities and committees;
- to advise the school board on any matter the latter is required to submit to it;
- to advise the school board on any matter conducive to the most efficient operation possible and;
- to inform the school board as to the needs identified by the parent representatives.
Four Parent Commissioners, one for Elementary, one for Secondary, one for Kindergarten to 11 (K-11), and one from SEAC are elected from this committee to sit on the Council of Commissioners. One Parent Commissioner is also elected to sit on other committees of the school board, such as Executive, Transportation, SEAC, Governance & Ethics, Audit, and Human Resources. Representation at the standing committee level is very important. It is at this level that many issues are raised, policies worked out and decisions taken for recommendation to the Council of Commissioners.
The Parents’ Committee is also to be consulted on the following matters:
- the division, annexation or amalgamation of the territory of the school board;
- the school board’s strategic plan;
- the three-year plan of allocation and destination of the immovables of the school board, the list of schools, and the deeds of establishment;
- the policy in respect to the “continued operation or closing of schools”;
- the financial contribution policy;
- the distribution of educational services among the schools;
- the criteria referred to in section 239 for the enrolment of students in schools;
- the dedication of a school to a special project pursuant to section 240 and the criteria for the enrollment of students in that school;
- the school calendar;
- the rules governing promotion from elementary school to secondary school or from the first cycle to the second cycle of the secondary level;
- the objectives and principles governing the allocation of subsidies, school taxation proceeds and other revenues among educational institutions as well as the criteria pertaining thereto, and the objectives, principles and criteria used to determine the amount to be withheld by the school board for its need and those of its committees;
- the learning activities established by the school board and intended for parents.
Every school board establishes an advisory committee on services for students with special needs and students with social or learning disabilities or difficulties.
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) on services for handicapped students and students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities has four functions:
- to advise the school board on a policy for the organization of educational services to handicapped students and students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities;
- to advise the resource allocation committee and the school board on the allocation of financial resources to the services intended for those students;
- to advise the school board on its commitment-to-success plan;
- to advise the school board on the implementation of an individualized education plan for a handicapped student or a student with social maladjustments or learning disabilities.
If you have a child in our school board who also has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and are interested in becoming a member of SEAC, please inquire at your child’s school for further information. Information may also be found on the SEAC website.
The Council of Commissioners determines the number of representatives from each group with the representation of parents constituting a majority of the members.
As per the Education Act (s. 185), parent members of SEAC will be designated by the Parents’ Committee.
As determined by the council of commissioners (Sept 2018) the composition of our school board’s SEAC includes voting and non-voting members.
- 16 parents of the students concerned (students with an IEP), designated by the Parents’ Committee
- 1 teacher representative, designated by their Association
- 1 non-teaching professional staff representative, designated by their Association
- 1 support staff representative, designated by their Association
- 1 school principal, designated by the Director General
- Up to 2 representatives of organizations which provide services to students with special needs, designated by Council, after consulting with those bodies
- The Director General or a designate