Election Day: October 20, 2018

2018 School Trustee Election

Key Dates: 

  • Election Period: January 1, 2018 – September 21, 2018
  • Nomination Period: September 4, 2018 at 9:00 am – September 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Deadline to Challenge Nominations: September 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Deadline for Receiving Originals of Faxed or Emailed Nomination Documents: September 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Deadlines for decision on challenging candidate nominations or candidate withdrawal: September 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Campaign Period: September 22, 2018 – October 20, 2018
  • Advance Voting Day: October 10, 2018
  • General Voting Day: October 20, 2018
  • Inaugural Board Meeting and Oath of Office: November 13, 2018
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Filing Deadline: January 18, 2018
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500 Late Filing Fee: February 18, 2018

Electoral Areas and Election Bylaw:

SD8 Trustee Electoral Areas

Election Bylaw: School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Trustee Elections Bylaw No. 1-2018

Trustee Electoral Area 1: City of Nelson / Bealby Point (two) – Elections conducted by the City of Nelson 

Trustee Electoral Area 6: Town of Creston (one) - Elections conducted by the Town of Creston

Notices: 

Notice of Advance Registration
Notice of Nomination

Candidates: 

Declaration of Candidates 

Candidate Information is also available at CivicInfo BC

Nomination Package:

Nomination Package Instructions
Candidate Nomination Package – School Trustee
Elector Organization Endorsement Package – School Trustee (if applicable)
Candidate Information Release Authorization (optional)

Election Officers:

If you have any questions regarding the SD8 School Trustee Election please feel free to contact:

Samara Shaw, Chief Election Officer, 250-505-7046, samara.shaw@sd8.bc.ca

Audrey MacKenzie, Deputy Chief Election Officer, 250-505-3600, amackenzie@sd8.bc.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for considering standing for election to the Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 (SD8) Board. Being a School Board Trustee is a challenging and rewarding role. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

What exactly does a Trustee do? 

The work of each trustee is unique. School trustees are the members of the school district’s board of education. They are locally-elected representatives of the public and they are the community’s advocates for public education in their local school district. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the School Act. A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being, and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire district while representing the interests of their community.

The document Guide for School Trustee Candidates, published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association, provides more detail in to the roles and responsibility of a trustee.

What is the time commitment? 

Time commitments vary by trustee and the time of year. Board and committee meeting schedules for the SD8 Board can be found on the District website.

The document Guide for School Trustee Candidates, published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association, provides an example of an annual schedule for one trustee.

How much are Trustees paid? 

Trustees receive an annual stipend paid monthly:

Chair – $16,267
Vice Chair – $14,911
Trustee – $13,710

What qualifications do I need? 

To be eligible to stand for election to a board of education:

  • you must be a Canadian citizen
  • 18 or older on voting day
  • a BC Resident for at least 6 months
  • not disqualified under the school act for holding office as a trustee

Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring a unique skill set to their work. Refer to the guide as it lists some skills and experience that could be potential assets for trustee candidates.

Relevant Acts:

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