To Be Continued…

Algoma District School Board's Vice Chair Gladys Wiggins (left) and Chair Jennifer Sarlo (right).

Algoma District School Board held their Inaugural Meeting on December 8th. Jennifer Sarlo was acclaimed and will continue in her role as Chair of the Board while Gladys Wiggins will continue in her role as Vice Chair having been re-elected.

Chair Jennifer Sarlo
Jennifer Sarlo was first elected as a Trustee for the Algoma District School Board in 2006 serving Ward One, Sault Ste. Marie. In 2009, Jennifer became Vice Chair of the Board and in December 2011, she was elected as Chair. She has served as an alternate member of the Ontario Public School Board Association’s (OPSBA’s) Policy Committee. In her years with the board, Jennifer has also taken an active role in the School Effectiveness Visits and has been on the New Schools Steering Committee. She has been a member of the Finance and Operations Committee, the Discipline Committee and the External Audit Committee.

Prior to being elected to the Algoma District School Board, Jennifer was the Chair of ADSB’s School Council Coordinating Committee (SCCC) now known as the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). She was also the Chair of Grand View Public School’s School Council. She has always been very supportive and involved in the elementary and high schools her children attended (Grand View, Korah and White Pines). Jennifer is also an involved and respected member of her community and her church.

Jennifer addressed the board following her acclimation: “I count it a privilege to serve with such a great team of passionate, dedicated individuals from our trustees, our administration team, our principals, teachers and all our support staff. I look forward to leading our board through the coming year. As we approach the Christmas season and embrace the spirit of generosity that it brings, I want to acknowledge the many acts of kindness that our staff and students have and will continue to engage in throughout the month. Collectively, we all strive to practically emulate the character attributes we espouse and, especially during this special time of year, when we see the value of living out these principles within our schools, community and beyond.

For a complete transcript of Chair Sarlo’s message please go to’sMessage.

Vice Chair Gladys Wiggins
Gladys Wiggins became a Trustee with the Algoma District School Board in December 2006, representing the city of Elliot Lake where she has lived and worked for over 53 years. Gladys was elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2012 and acclaimed in 2013.

Gladys worked at Elliot Lake Secondary School, first as an occasional classroom supervisor and then as guidance secretary, a position she held for almost 28 years, retiring in 2005.

She served on the Joint Health & Safety Committees of the North Shore Board of Education and the Algoma District School Board for almost twelve years, serving as co-chair for part of that time. Gladys has sat on the Parent Involvement, Discipline and Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committees. She also regularly attends Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) events including the Annual General Meeting, the Public Symposium, as well as the Northern Region’s Annual General Meeting.

Gladys is an active member of her local church. She serves as a Board Member and pianist. She has also assisted as Project Co-ordinator for a Demolition/Construction project at her church.

Gladys thanked the board for their support in having her continue as Vice Chair. “It is has been a learning curve for me and I appreciate the confidence you have placed in me to continue in my position as Vice Chair. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and caring group of people around this table.”

OPSBA Committee Appointments
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) requests that each board appoint a Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and a Voting Delegate to the Annual General Meeting of OPSBA. Boards are also requested to appoint alternates for these positions. These appointments are for one year terms.

At the Inaugural Meeting the Board confirmed the appointment of Trustee Bob McEachren as Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and Voting Delegate for the Annual General Meeting of Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for 2015.

The Board confirmed the appointment of Trustee Susan Thayer as the Alternate for the Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and voting Delegate to Ontario Public School Boards’ Annual General Meeting for 2015.