Board of Education



  SD73 Board of Trustees, 2015 - 2018:

 Joan Cowdon, Meagan Wade (Chair), Joseph Small, Cara McKelvey, Gerald Watson,         Shelley Sim, Rhonda Kershaw, Denise Harper and Kathleen Karpuk


MEGHAN WADE, Board Chair 

Meghan is serving her third term as a trustee. She has called Kamloops home since 1989.  Married to Bill, they have one daughter who graduated from NorKam with an International Baccalaureate Diploma in June 2014.


Meghan serves as the board liaison for:


  • Henry Grube Education Centre 
  • Juniper Ridge Elementary
  • Marion Schilling Elementary 
  • Valleyview Secondary.

 GERALD WATSON, Board Vice-Chair

Gerald is serving his fifth term as a trustee. He is lawyer specializing in the areas of finance, labour relations, human resource management, and intra-governmental relations. Gerald is actively involved in a number of local volunteer organizations. He is the father of two elementary school aged children.

Gerald serves as the board liaison for the following schools:

  • Beattie Elementary
  • Lloyd George Elementary
  • Aberdeen Elementary
  • South Sa-Hali Elementary
  • Sahali Secondary

Denise represents TNRD Areas L and P, the Village of Chase and the Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks. She is nearing the end of her sixth term as a school trustee, having served nearly 20 years on the board. During her years as a trustee, Denise has served on all local board committees as well as several provincial and national trustee committees.

Denise and her husband, John, have lived in Pritchard for over 40 years.  They are the parents of three daughters, the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Denise serves as the board liaison for the following schools:

  • Chase Secondary
  • Dalla Elementary
  • Haldane Elementary
  • RL Clemitson Elementary
  • Westwold Elementary

Cara is serving her second term as a Trustee, representing the rural areas, Savona and Logan Lake. She is active in her community of Savona and at her children's school and enjoys coaching school and community sports teams.

Cara and her husband have lived in Savona for 18 years and have two school-aged children.  She also works part-time at Morelli Chertkow LLP.

Cara serves as the board liaison for the following schools:

  • Kamloops Open Online Learning (@KOOL)
  • Kamloops School of the Arts (K-12)
  • Logan Lake Elementary
  • Logan lake Secondary
  • Savona Elementary


Joan is serving her third term as a trustee. She is the Chair of the Policy Committee, the Board Representative on the District Safety Committee and the District Representative to the City of Kamloops Mayor's Advisory Council for Person With Disabilities. Joan also is a member of Literacy in Kamloops(LinK), Kamloops Tangalle Friendship Committee and the District United Way Campaign Committee.

Joan retired in 2008 after spending 36 years as an elementary teacher in the Kamloops/Thompson School District. Joan and her husband Bob, a retired secondary school administrator, have lived in Kamloops for over 42 years.

Joan serves as the board liaison for the following schools:


Joe's educational career started in 1978 when he moved his young family from Winnipeg, Manitoba up to Snow Lake, Manitoba to accept a Grade 7 classroom position. In 1996, he and his wife, Pat, moved to Kamloops as he accepted his first administrative assignment as vice-principal of Parkcrest Elementary.  This was followed by principalships at Pinantan Elementary, Pacific Way Elementary, Summit Elementary, and Arthur Stevenson Elementary. 

Joe serves as the board liaison for the following schools:


Kathleen is serving her third term as a trustee. She currently sits as Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee.  As well, she serves on the First Nations Education Council and the First Nations Advisory Committee.  She also sits on the City of Kamloops Diversity Committee. Kathleen currently represents the Board as a Provincial Council Representative for the BC School Trustee's Association.  Previously she has served as Vice-Chair of the Board, was on the Education Committee, was the CUPE Labour Liaison for the Board, was a member of Make Children First and Vice-Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

Kathleen is the Office Manager for Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic.  She and her husband, Stephen, have three young children.

Kathleen serves as the board liaison for the following schools:


Shelley is a first-term trustee representing the rural communities of Clearwater, Area A and Area O and is chair of the Education Committee.  Additionally, Shelley is serving her second term as a councillor for the District of Clearwater, where she has been chair of the Economic Development Committee and Parks and Recreation.  She was a PAC chair for more than six years at both the secondary and elementary school levels.  Shelley brings more than 15 years of business experience and a dedication to next generation education to her role as a trustee. 

Shelley serves as the board liaison for the following schools:

 Meetings and Agendas

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