Trustees

Deborah MassaroDeborah Massaro, Chair
phone: (807) 767-3673
email: dmassaro@lakeheadschools.ca

Deborah Massaro was first elected to the Lakehead District School Board in December 2000 and served as chair of the Board from December 2007 to November 2014 and December 2015 to November 2016. She was re-elected as chair of the Board on December 6, 2016. Trustee Massaro is a member of the following committees: Coordinating Committee, Audit Committee and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee. She is the alternate member of the Principal Selection Process Committee and Suspension Appeals Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee.

“Lakehead Public Schools will continue to provide a safe learning environment, complete with programs that benefit all students, regardless of their interests and capabilities,” says Massaro. “A good education system keeps students interested, which will help them achieve, and strive to be successful in the future.”

Hobbies: family, home, garden, golfing, piano and reading.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 767-3673


George SaarinenGeorge Saarinen – Vice Chair
phone: (807) 622-2565
email: George_Saarinen@lakeheadschools.ca

Trustee Saarinen was elected as trustee in December 2006. He has been vice chair of the Board from December 2014. In addition to his duties as vice chair, he is a member of the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Equity and Inclusive Education Committee, Principal Selection Process Committee and the School Year Calendar Committee. Trustee Saarinen is the alternate member for the Lakehead District School Board on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPBSA) Board of Directors and the Lakehead District School Board’s voting delegate. He is the alternate member of the Success Advisory Committee (SAC), the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC) and the Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay Committee (STSTB).

A strong proponent for volunteering, Trustee Saarinen believes it is important to give back to your community. He has had numerous volunteering experiences: past chair of the McKellar Park School Council, past chair of the Council of School Council Chairs, past PTA president, Boy Scout leader and T Ball coach to name a few. He was also recognized as a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement in May 2003 by City Council for his contributions to the Ringette Association.

Believing every student at Lakehead Public Schools deserves the best education possible, Trustee Saarinen sees the top issue facing the Board is the Ministry Funding Formula. Trustee Saarinen believes ongoing dialogue and open communication with all stakeholders and the community is essential. Supporting student success by continuing to develop partnerships with business, industry and the community is also a priority for him.

George has two grown daughters, Seija and Kaija. In addition to volunteering, his interests include cross country sking, fishing and traveling.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay
P7E 5T2
(807) 622-2565


Marg ArnoneMarg Arnone
phone: (807) 625-9687
email: marg_arnone@lakeheadschools.ca

Trustee Arnone is a member of the following committees: Audit Committee, Coordinating Committee, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Liaison Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Lakehead Public Schools International (2015), and the Suspension Appeals Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee. She is the alternate member for the Supervised Alternative Learning Committee (SAL), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC).

Marg is a registered practical nurse and a seasoned volunteer in the community. She is a member of the United Way Board of Directors and a member of the Congress of Union Retirees, Canadian Auto Workers Retirees Advisory Executive for Canada.

With three grandchildren in school, Marg feels very strongly about the important role education plays in preparing students to be the leaders of tomorrow.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 625-9687


Ellen Chambers

Ellen Chambers
phone: (807) 629-1839
email: ellen_chambers@lakeheadschools.ca

Trustee Chambers is a member of the following committees: she represents the Lakehead District School Board on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPBSA) Board of Directors and is the voting delegate, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Liaison Committee, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Awards Selection Committee and the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC). She is the alternate member of the Coordinating Committee and Equity and Inclusive Education Committee.

Ellen has a broad perspective of education in Ontario having been local president for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for seven years and sat on the ETFO Provincial Executive. Ellen sits on several local social justice committees.
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2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 629-1839


Ron OikonenRon Oikonen
phone: (807)345-1155
email: roikonen@lakeheadschools.ca

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

Hobbies: curling, going to his summer camp, golfing, gardening and enjoying time with his grandchildren.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 345-1155


Jack PlayfordJack Playford
phone: (807) 475-7809
email: jack_playford@lakeheadschools.ca.

Trustee Playford was elected in 2003 and re-elected December 2010 and 2014 and was chair of the Board from December 2014 to November 2015. In addition to his duties, he is a member of the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning Committee (SAL), the Suspension Appeals Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee and the Audit Committee. He is the alternate member of Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

As a retired teacher and principal, Trustee Playford has made a lifelong commitment to education and to the future of our community’s students. He is also a committed volunteer and has been a Board member on a number of community boards including Contact North, Thunder Bay Literacy Group, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Board, Northern Hearts and the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators.

Trustee Playford is married to Diane and has two children and two grandchildren.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 475-7809


Trudy TuchenhagenTrudy Tuchenhagen
phone:  (807) 767-4931
email: Trudy_Tuchenhagen@lakeheadschools.ca

Trustee Tuchenhagen was elected as trustee in 2014. In addition to her trustee duties she is a member of the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Suspension Appeal Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee and the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). She is an alternate member of the Lakehead Public Schools International (2015).

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 767-4931


Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson
phone: (807) 628-3148
email: Karen_Wilson@lakeheadschools.ca

Karen Wilson was elected as trustee in November 2006 and she served as vice chair of the Board from December 2009 to November 2014. She is a member on the following committees: Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Director Liaison Committee, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Awards Selection Committee and the Success Advisory Committee (SAC). She is the alternate member for the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and Suspension Appeals Hearing/Expulsion Hearing Committee.

Trustee Wilson has made protecting the values of public education and its accessibility to all high priorities. The establishment of trustees to represent the public at the School Board level is part of ensuring that the interests of the public and its students are protected. Trustee Wilson brings her knowledge and experiences from both the field of dental hygiene and volunteering in the schools to her position as trustee.

2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 5T2
(807) 628-3148


Robyn SulkkoRobyn Sulkko
email: robyn_sulkko@lakeheadschools.ca

The intent of the student trustee appointment is to encourage leadership development for students and to present student perspectives for Board discussion and debate.

In March, Students’ Councils from each secondary school invited applications for a student trustee. One elected nominee from each secondary school was requested. Each school’s Students’ Council determined its process for election.

In April, Students’ Council representatives met and we are pleased to announce that Robyn Sulkko will serve as Lakehead District School Board’s 2016-17 student trustee.

Robyn Sulkko is a Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute International Baccalaureate Programme student.

In addition to her studies Robyn is very busy with numerous activities at school and in her community:

  • Elementary School Senate
    • Worked with Grade 7 and 8 student leaders during monthly meetings.
  • Camp Gitchigomee
    • Cabin leader, craft assistant and child minder.
  • Youth Tbay Board
    • Marketing and promotions
  • CanSerra Group Thunder Bay Board
    • Secretary

“I am proud to be the student trustee so that I can represent the students of the Lakehead District School Board where the decisions are being made,” says Robyn Sulkko, incoming Lakehead District School Board student trustee. “It is extremely important that student voice is heard and considered when important decisions are being made.”

The student trustee provides representation for all Lakehead Public Schools students in accordance with Ontario Legislation. The student trustee is a non-voting member and has a one year term for students in Grade 11 or 12. Students may apply for a second term.


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