Ellen Chambers
Ellen Chambers
Chair
(807) 629-1839

Trustee Ellen Chambers was elected as a trustee for Lakehead District School Board in October 2014. Trustee Chambers was elected as the chair of the Board in December 2018 and was re-elected as chair of the Board on December 3, 2019, and December 1, 2020. She is a member of the following committees: Coordinating Committee, Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC), Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, School Year Calendar Committee, and Equity and Inclusive Education Committee. She is the alternate member of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPBSA) Board of Directors, and is a voting delegate, and Parent Involvement Committee (PIC).

Trudy Tuchenhagen
Trudy Tuchenhagen
Vice Chair
(807) 767-4931

Trustee Trudy Tuchenhagen was elected as a trustee for Lakehead District School Board in November 1997 to November 2010. Trustee Tuchenhagen was re-elected in November 2014. Trustee Tuchenhagen was elected as vice chair on December 3, 2019 and was re-elected as vice chair on December 1, 2020. She is a member of the following committees: Coordinating Committee, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, OPSBA Awards Selection Committee, Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), and Lakehead Public Schools International (2021). She is an alternate member of the Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee and the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Marg Arnone
Marg Arnone
(807) 625-9687

Trustee Marg Arnone was first elected as a trustee for Lakehead District School Board in October 2010 and was vice chair of the Board from December 2017 to November 2018. Trustee Arnone is a member of the following committees: Coordinating Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Supervised Alternative Learning Committee (SAL), Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee, Audit Committee, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Awards Selection Committee and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee. She is the alternate member of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC).

Sue Doughty-Smith
Sue Doughty-Smith
(807) 356-4326

Trustee Sue Doughty-Smith was elected as a trustee to the Lakehead District School Board on October 22, 2018. Trustee Doughty-Smith is a member of the following committees: Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee. She is an alternate member of the Coordinating Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning Committee (SAL), Principal Selection Process Committee, Equity and Inclusive Education Committee (EIEC), and Success Advisory Committee (SAC).

Deborah Massaro
Deborah Massaro
(807) 628-3146

Trustee Deborah Massaro was first elected to the Lakehead District School Board in December 2000 and was chair of the Board from December 2007 to November 2014 and December 2015 to November 2018. Trustee Massaro is a member of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee.

Ron Oikonen
Ron Oikonen
(807) 345-1155

Trustee Ron Oikonen was first elected as a trustee for Lakehead District School Board in November 1988 and was the chair of the Board from December 2000 to December 2007. Trustee Oikonen is a member of the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Awards Selection Committee, and Audit Committee. He is the alternate member of the Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee and the Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay Committee (STSTB).

George Saarinen
George Saarinen
(807) 622-2565

Trustee George Saarinen was elected as a trustee for Lakehead District School Board in November 2006. He was vice chair of the Board from December 2014 to November 2017 and from December 2018 to November 2019. Trustee Saarinen is a member of the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPBSA) Board of Directors, and a voting delegate, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Principal Selection Process Committee, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay Committee (STSTB), and Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee.

Ryan Sitch
Ryan Sitch
(807) 252-5485

Trustee Ryan Sitch was elected as a trustee to the Lakehead District School Board on October 22, 2018. Trustee Sitch is a member of the following committees: Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee, Success Advisory Committee, and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee. He is an alternate member of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), and Lakehead Public Schools International (2021).

Scottie Wemigwans
Scottie Wemigwans
Indigenous Trustee
(807) 355-9428

Trustee Scottie Wemigwans was selected as the new Indigenous Trustee on July 28, 2020. Trustee Wemigwans is a member of the following committees: Audit Committee, Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC), and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee. He is an alternate member of the Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee.

Mehar Mago
Mehar Mago
Student Trustee

At the April 20, 2021 Standing Committee meeting of the Lakehead District School Board, Mehar Mago was introduced as the 2021-2023 student trustee. Student Trustee Mago is in Grade 11 at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute. In addition to her academic achievements, Student Trustee Mago brings knowledge of her school community through participation on the Student Advisory Council, basketball team, and badminton team. She also brings with her the knowledge and skills she has gained from her volunteer experiences with the India Canada Association, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Society, and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations Tribal Council. Student Trustee Mago has assisted the Northern Ontario School of Medicine by working as a Standardized Patient – presenting cases to second, third, and fourth year medical students and providing constructive feedback. Following secondary school, Student Trustee Mago would like to pursue education in the field of Health Sciences. The student trustee provides representation for all Lakehead Public Schools students in accordance with Ontario Legislation.

Jesslynn Friday
Indigenous Student Trustee

At the November 9, 2021 Standing Committee meeting of the Lakehead District School Board, Jesslynn Friday was introduced as the 2021-2022 Indigenous student trustee.  Indigenous Student Trustee Friday is in Grade 12 at Hammarskjold High School. From a school community and youth perspective, Indigenous Student Trustee Friday brings knowledge and experience through her participation in Hammarskjold’s Student Indigenous Council (FIRE Council) and in the Four Directions Program, as well as from her work as a student mentor at Hammarskjold High school during a two-week summer program helping incoming Grade 9 students in the Reach Ahead Family Studies Program.  She was also a participant in the Indigenous Youth Art Residency Program from February to June of 2020. In addition to her academic achievements, Jesslynn has volunteered with several organizations including the Thunder Bay Public Library, Carpenter’s Union, Roseview Manor, Roots to Harvest, Hammarskjold High School, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Following secondary school, Jesslynn would like to pursue an education in the fields of English Studies and Law. The Indigenous student trustee provides representation for all Lakehead Public Schools students in accordance with Ontario Legislation.

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