General local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years, including the elections for the offices of School District Trustees. The next local government election will take place on October 15, 2022. The nomination period is from August 30 to September 9, 2022.
Chief Election Officer
Johan Glaudmans, Secretary-Treasurer
Being a School Board Trustee is both a challenging and rewarding role. Trustees are hardworking community leaders who come together in the context of a board in support of student success.
Do you have a passion for education and an aptitude for governance?
Would you consider running for election as a school trustee candidate?
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does a Trustee do?
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 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?
Activities associated with the role include: Preparing for and attending board and committee meetings, attending community meetings as a representative of the board, reading board correspondence. Board and committee meeting schedules for the SD8 Board can be found on the District website.
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.
- Election Period begins: January 1, 2022
- Nomination Period: August 30, 2022 - September 9, 2022
- Deadline for Receiving Originals of Faxed or Emailed Nomination Documents: September 16th, 2022
- Campaign Period: September 17, 2022 - October 15th, 2022
- General Voting Day: October 15, 2022