Dr. Shane Andrus resides in Burstall with his lovely wife of seventeen years. He is the Trustee representing Subdivision No. 1, which is located on the west side of the School Division. It includes the schools in the communities of Burstall, Fox Valley and Leader. Raised on the prairies, Shane is familiar with rural life as his family was engaged in mixed farming. Those early days on the farm were formative years.
Education has been a passion for Shane and his experiences with the education system come both as a student and an instructor. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree, Masters Degree, and Doctoral degree, and has taught at Medicine Hat College. His wife works as a Teacher’s Aide. Professionally Shane has worked for fifteen years as a pastor of a rural congregation. As well, for seventeen years he has worked in private practice as a clinical counsellor.
Shane has been extensively involved in the community. As a resident of Burstall he has organized and promoted community and regional events for the past fifteen years. This includes being Chair of the Burstall & District Fall Fair for two terms, and a Member of the Leader & District Ministerial Association. For hobbies he enjoys swimming, riding a Kona trail bike, and Honda CBR motorcycle. As well, he likes walking the dogs and jogging.
As a School Board Member, Shane believes in creating an environment that fosters four core actions: consulting, creating, changing, and contributing. Shane finds inspiration in the words of Nelson Mandela, who once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Rachael Eliason is a trustee for Subdivision 2, which includes the school communities of Cabri, Hazlet, Stewart Valley and Success. She was elected to the Chinook Board in November 2020.
Rachael and her husband, Curtis, live in the Swift Current area along with their three children, who attend Stewart Valley School. Eliason also attended Stewart Valley School and graduated from Swift Current Comprehensive High School. She then obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She owned and operated an agricultural research company in the Southwest for over a decade and currently works as a consultant for the Farm Land Security Board.
A Trustee’s primary role should be to act as the voice of local schools, students and families at the division level. That will always be my top priority. As an experienced board member, business owner, and especially as a mom, I am ready to represent the students and families of this area. I am committed to being a strong voice for the unique needs of rural schools and I am eager to be a part of making our schools better places for students to learn and grow, for educators to teach and nurture, and for families and communities to be meaningfully engaged and supported.
Rachelle Patzer is a trustee for Subdivision 3, which includes the school communities of Herbert, Hodgeville and Waldeck. She was elected to the Chinook Board in November 2020.
Rachelle Patzer moved to Swift Current as a Grade 10 student and is a graduate of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. After graduation, Rachelle spent a year overseas with Youth With A Mission before going on to study Vocal Performance at the University of Saskatchewan. Rachelle worked as a private vocal instructor in Swift Current, Waldeck and Herbert for 11 years, and performed with the local band, All 4 One. Rachelle and her husband, Darcy, reside northeast of Waldeck where they operate a 4th generation mixed farm. They have three children who all completed K-9 at Waldeck School.
Rachelle was a member of the Waldeck School Community Council for 9 years, sitting as Chair for the past 3. She has spent countless hours volunteering and organizing events in her community and local church. Rachelle is an avid sports Mom and loves to sit courtside, cheering on her kids and their teammates.
Rachelle is passionate about seeing today’s youth thrive and succeed in this ever changing world. She sees immeasurable value in rural schools and recognizes the uniqueness each one brings to their communities. Rachelle desires for students, families, and teachers in rural schools to feel supported, valued, and deep rooted pride in their schools. Rural schools face unique and specific needs, and if elected, Rachelle is committed to listening to local concerns and bringing them to the table at a board level.
Katelyn Toney is the Trustee for Subdivision 4, which includes schools in Wymark, Gull Lake and Tompkins as well as numerous Hutterian schools. Katelyn obtained a degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and has had her own successful photography business for the last six years. She still owns her own business as well as ranches, alongside her husband Paul, north of Tompkins.
Katelyn is very involved in her community. Her and her husband have four young children: the older two attending school in Tompkins. Growing up in the rural community of Simmie, Katelyn has a passion for the quality education of rural students and believes it is essential to make decisions in the best interest of the kids. She plans to work passionately to ensure that your community has a voice and has every opportunity to thrive and grow, starting where it matters most - with the education of your children.
Chair & Trustee
Kim Pridmore has lived in the Maple Creek/Consul area most of her life, graduated from MCCHS in 1991, and has resided in the Consul area since 1996. She is a mom to three busy teenagers, and enjoys watching her kids participate in all their sports and activities. She works full time as an administrator for a tire shop in Consul, along with doing contract safety work and recently completed EMR training to volunteer on the local ambulance crew.
Kim has volunteered on the Consul School Community Council for the past several years and feels that her involvement has been valuable to recognize the importance of keeping school and community connected. She has been a spare bus driver as well, and has seen first-hand the challenges of transportation in our Division.
Kim looks forward to serving the communities of Maple Creek and Consul, and working with people who share the same commitment to providing excellent education for all students.
Gwen Humphrey is the Trustee for Subdivision 6, which includes the school communities of Eastend, Frontier, Shaunavon, as well as several Hutterian schools.
Gwen lives in Eastend with her husband, where she has been helping him run his cattle/trucking & trenching business for close to 50 years. Her job experience includes managing the co-op grocery store in town, working for a photographer for 7 years, and she was an SGI customer service representative for 7 years. She has served on the Innovation Credit Union Board for the past 8 years.
Gwen is devoted to all of her kids and enjoys living vicariously through her grandchildren. Her interest in representing her subdivision as a trustee stems from her love for children. She is very passionate about education in the rural environment.
Susan Mouland was born in Hodgeville where she attended elementary and high school. She graduated from Hair Design Academy in 1987 and worked in various salons in Swift Current. After she married husband Bruce in 1989 and obtaining her Journeyman certification, she opened her own hair salon in Vanguard in April of 1990. She still owns her own business and helps her husband on their farm with the cattle and grain operation. Susan also worked in the Chinook School Division as a noon-hour supervisor and facility operator from 2008 until September of 2016, when she made the decision to run for school board trustee.
Susan has been on the local Co-op Board for over 10 years and also sits on the Vanguard and District Recreation Board. Susan and her husband have three children: their two daughters have graduated from Vanguard School and their son will soon graduate from Vanguard School as well. Susan ran for the position of trustee because she wants to keep rural schools viable and she is very interested in the education of our children and passionate about their futures.
Ken Duncalfe is a trustee for Swift Current, Subdivision 8, where he resides with his family.
Ken has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. He is the labourer, IT department, janitor, CEO, CFO, marketer, logistics coordinator and customer service for his business. Ken has an appreciation for every dollar that comes into a business and the analysis of every dollar spent on improving it.
Ken has spent many years volunteering in numerous non-profit groups in Swift Current and around southwest Saskatchewan, and his purpose has always been for the kids. Whether he's teaching hunter safety, president of the Barracuda Swim Club or coaching numerous sports, he does it to improve the lives of kids.
Ken looks forward to being a trustee with Chinook School Division for his own kids and all of the current and future kids in Chinook schools.
Vice Chair & Trustee
Dianne Hahn is a trustee for Swift Current, Subdivision 8, where she and her husband, Gord reside. They have one grown son, Tyler. Dianne attended Waldeck School and graduated from the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. She also attended the local College, Saskatoon Business College and took correspondence courses through the University of Regina. She holds her certification for both an Urban and Rural Administrator.
While Dianne’s son attended Oman, Fairview and Swift Current Comprehensive High School she volunteered at the schools, including being a member of the School Community Councils (SCCs). Dianne has been employed in municipal government throughout her working career and is currently employed with the RM of Excelsior No. 166 and the Resort Village of Beaver Flat.
Dianne believes that education is very important to our future and wants to contribute to the Division providing a quality education where students can learn and grow as individuals, as well as be the place where people want to work. Dianne is inspired by the quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that reads “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Tim Ramage resides in Swift Current and was elected to the Swift Current School Division in 2003 and the Chinook School Division in 2005.
Tim is a graduate of Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon. He also received his Retail Meat-Cutting Certificate from SIAST (Saskatoon), a 2-year Christian Ministry Diploma from International Bible College, and a Certificate in Business Management from Henson College in Halifax, N.S.
Tim was a meat cutter for more than 20 years. He has also been a Youth Pastor for 8 years, as well as a Young Offender Open Custody Home Operator for the Dept. of Justice for 8 years. Tim is currently employed at South West Homes.
Tim’s community involvement includes being a former board member and chairperson of the Family Life Centre, Former Church Board Member, a former Board Member of the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch, a Social Services Service Provider, and also served on the Board of Governance for the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Tim has a heart and a passion for the youth of his city.