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School District 70 (Alberni)
Commitment to improving learning for all students




Larry Ransom - Board Chair

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Born and raised in Port Alberni. Larry Graduated from ADSS in 1974. Apart from travelling throughout Europe in 1976 Larry has spent most of his adult life in Port Alberni.First elected to the School Board in a by-election in 1997, Larry is currently in his sixth full term as a trustee with SD#70 and is currently Board Chair.Larry is a strong proponent of encouraging affordable student opportunities for extracurricular activities including music, drama, sports and outdoor recreation.As a co-founder and past president of the Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association Larry believes that the physical activity of children through sport is a valuable component of their development.Larry is particularly supportive of the board goal of improving the district graduation rate. He believes that students will be encouraged to stay in school by developing programs that recognize their different learning styles and by creating an environment for students to successfully complete their secondary education.Larry is also personally interested in maintaining educational courses and programs related to career development that prepares students for the “working world” with special emphasis on trades and technical training.​

Gurmail Aujla - Trustee 


Raised  in Lake Cowichan, Gurmail graduated from LCSS.  He graduated from UVIC with degrees in history and psychology and a M.A. In history.  He also completed a teaching program and taught at Ucluelet Secondary School until 1999.  He then moved to Saanich and taught at Claremont Secondary School until his retirement in 2010.  He is married and has two daughters.  Presently he is living in Tofino and he is looking forward to represent the Westcoast at the Board level.
John Bennie - Trustee 


Originally from Chemainus, John Bennie has been a resident of Port Alberni since 1986.  A lawyer since 1983, John and his wife Karen have four children between the two of them and have been foster parents since 2003.  First elected in November 2002, John is in his fourth term as Trustee, and finds the work enjoyable and challenging, but ultimately very rewarding.


 Rosemarie Buchanan - Trustee



Rosemarie moved to the Alberni Valley in the fall of 1979, and was first elected to the Board of Education of School District 70 in November of 1980.  At 25, she was one of the youngest trustees in Canada.  She held that seat for three years, and ran again in 1990, when she was elected and held that seat on the board for another nine years.  She ran again in November 2008, was elected and has been acclaimed for the 2011-2014 term.  She is now entering her 16th year as a trustee in this school district. Rosemarie, as a trustee, has served on the Board of North Island College, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Board collective bargaining committees, and many other boards and committees, representing the needs of students and the school district. In 2010, it was Rosemarie who initiated the ban on cosmetic pesticides in the district, and continues to bring health and safety issues to the Board table.  She fully supports progressive changes to education delivery and curriculum, and has always advocated for full, predictable and complete public education funding. Rosemarie's son Eric graduated from ADSS in 1999 as a Knight of the Armada.  He is currently working and completing a degree in Political Science at the University of Victoria.  Rosemarie enjoys her 104 year old North Port home, which is also home to her five cats and two dogs.


Pam Craig - Trustee

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Pam Craig returns to School District #70 trusteeship in 2011.  Pam was born in Port Alberni and her family has a long history of community and local government involvement.  Pam was first elected in a by-election in July of 1991 and served through four terms until 2002.  Her board experience included working on all the committees of the board as well as Board Chair for six years.  Pam has never lost her interest in the work of trustees with her primary focus being on students and their needs.  Pam is passionate about working to retain students in school and preparing them to move into careers as contributing members of society.  Pam commented, “ It is paramount that trustees work diligently to provide resources and programs that give students every opportunity, whether it be in post secondary education at universty or in training for trades and technology careers”.  Pam believes that trustees are the ambassadors for all students and thereby, the lobbists to government for increased support for education.


Pat Dahlquist - Trustee



Born and raised in Vancouver, moved to Port Alberni in 1950, attended ADHS 1950 and graduated in 1952.  Married to Walter Dahlquist, have 4 grown children and 4 grown grandchildren.  Worked for SD 70 for 30 years, first as a Teacher Aid and later as a Secretary at the Board Office, retired in 1999.  Was elected School Trustee in 1999, re-elected in 2002 and 2005, served as chair for the past 3 years.  I enjoy the challenge of being a School Trustee and to work for the betterment of the students of School District 70.

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Gaelle Frey - Trustee



Gaelle is originally from Nanaimo BC but moved to the Alberni Valley in 2000 to start a family feeling it is a great place to raise her kids.  She works  for Island Health since 2000 and was elected as a trustee in a By Election of February 2013. Gaelle and her husband Andrew have 3 children ages 13,9 and 7 all attending school in the Valley. Gaelle believes being a Trustee is about making Education work for all students and is commited to helping students  in attaining all their goals in education.