MONTREAL, APRIL 10, 2012 – The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) is pleased to announce the election of its new President, Sandi Urban Hall of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Presidents of the eight provincial school board associations participated in the election at the Board of Directors Spring Meeting in Montreal, where they unanimously selected Ms. Urban Hall to a one-year term, effective July 4th, 2012.
Ms. Urban Hall became a trustee with the Prairie Valley School Division Board of Education in 2003 and has been a member of the Executive of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) since 2006. She was elected Vice-President in 2007 and 2008 and from 2009 to the present has served as President. Her relationship with the CSBA began when she was appointed Chair of the 2008 CSBA Congress in Regina and she has continued to be a valued and active member since that time. We look forward to having her lead us through what promises to be a year full of challenges and are confident that her guiding vision of “student achievement and opportunity” will serve the association, its member boards and the youth of Canada well.
The CSBA delegates also elected by acclamation, Ms. Catherine Fife, as Vice-President. Ms. Fife, President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, has been serving as CSBA’s Vice- President already over the past year and agreed to continue in this leadership role to serve the board and its members.
Over the past year, the CSBA has had the privilege of working with the current President Ruth Ann Furgala who has served the Association since 2008 and has greatly helped the association navigate some difficult challenges. She leaves CSBA in a strong position to move forward in supporting and strengthening public education across the country. All of the members of the CSBA Board thank her for her important contribution and wish her the best of luck in her future projects.