Board of Trustees
Vic is in his second term as trustee and fourth year as chairman with Grasslands Public Schools and is one of the three representatives of the Brooks Ward. Vic is a lifelong learner, having earned a B.Ed. degree from the University of Alberta, a Dip. Ed. in counseling from the University of Calgary, and a M. Ed. in administration from the University of Alberta. Prior to Retiring in 2007, Vic accumulated 35 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator (29 years with the Brooks School District and with Grasslands Public Schools). Since retiring, Vic has continued his involvement in the community through various positions with the Rotary Club as well as involvement with youth through the Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange and through regular volunteering as a Teacher-Monitor with the “Encounters with Canada” youth forum in Ottawa. Vic resides in Brooks with his wife and best friend Ann, and a son, Aaron. The current joys of his life are five year old and two year old granddaughters Emma and Sarah and new born grandson Andrew in Gatineau, Quebec.
Jody is serving her second term with the Grasslands Public Schools and is the representative of Duchess, Cassils and Bow City areas (Subdivision B). Jody was born in Brooks and raised on a farm in the Duchess area, Jody received her K-12 education from Duchess School. Jody and her husband Tom have two boys, Logan and Dylan and live in Duchess. Jody is active in the Duchess Parent Council, Is on the Brooks Minor Ball board and has been on the Duchess Minor Hockey Board for several years. In her spare time Jody enjoys spending time with her family and friends and keeping her boys active.
Melanie Chapman - Trustee
Melanie is in her first term with the Grasslands Public Schools and is the representative of Bassano, Rosemary and Gem (Ward A). Melanie was born and raised in the Bassano area, completing K-12 before moving on to post-secondary studies. She is married to Edward Chapman and has three children who attend Bassano School. She has a long history of involvement in local community and surrounding area activities. She is an active volunteer and serves on numerous boards and committees. As a graduate of Environmental Studies, she currently consults to the oil & gas industry. She also studied accounting and manages the financial operations of two businesses in addition to a number of book keeping contracts. In her spare time she is a hobby beekeeper, an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family skiing and camping.
Inge Ellefson - Trustee
Inge Ellefson is an upbeat trustee delighted to be representing: Tilley, Rolling Hills, and Alcoma schools. This is her third term as a Trustee and her first as a rural representative for Grasslands Regional School Division.
Born in Denmark, she was fortunate to emigrate to Canada and start her schooling in Tilley for her first 3 years. Learning to speak, read and write in a new language was an interesting challenge.
A move to Brooks for the remainder of her schooling meant that she graduated from Brooks High School, now known as Brooks Junior High School. She has been blessed with the good fortune to attend many post Secondary schools, starting with the Medicine Hat College. Marriage and a BEd followed from the University of Saskatchewan, a Graduate Diploma from the University of Calgary, MEd from the University of Victoria and an EdD from the University of San Diego. Notice the trend towards warmer and more scenic university locations? Support of family and the school division including time and financial resources helped facilitate these academic endeavors which have been very much appreciated. Who wouldn't enjoy getting to know Victoria and San Diego?
Work began as an elementary school teacher in Saskatoon, followed by 27 years as an Elementary School Principal in Brooks. What possessed her to seek an Administrative position, was she in her right mind? Did she regret her choice? She was only 27 years of age. Why did the School Board hire her? As it happened, she never applied for the Principal position, however, she was asked if she would consider taking it. Well, her ready reply was, "YES!"
Community involvement has always been important, and Inge continues to sit on the Recreation, Parks and Culture Board as well as the Brooks Community Adult Learning Council (BCALC) Board which oversees the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) to newcomers to Brooks.
Interests include healthy living, with a passion for working out and keeping fit, through yoga, swimming, golfing and biking. A recent move to the farm has allowed her to really indulge her passion for gardening. Never being one to follow convention or back down from a challenge she's retired to the farm, and truly loves the peace and quiet! She also loves animals and has inherited two dogs who now accompany her on her errands. They have several jobs, cleaning up leftovers and taking Inge for a walk twice each day. She also enjoys music and is currently taking piano lessons again. Inge is blessed with a son Lyn who lives and works in Phoenix AZ.
John Petrie - Trustee
John, born and raised in Drumheller, Alberta. Has been in Brooks for the past 30 years. Married to Kathy with two boys, Jonathan and Addison. Active in the community: President of the Brooks Air Cadets Parent Committee, Past President of the Brooks Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Brooks Rotary Club, Past President of the Brooks Nursery Board. Loves watching the news and going to Brooks Bandits Hockey games.
Shaun Roth - Trustee
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