One Hope newcomer joins school board

Fraser-Cascade School District bids farewell to Jim Sinclair

Local voters have returned two incumbent trustees to the Fraser-Cascade Board of Education.

Current chair Linda McMullan received the most votes in the Hope electoral area with 1,115 – almost 170 votes ahead of runner-up Marv Cope.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what strengths the new members bring to the board,” said McMullan. “New faces and new energy is always a good thing. We have a lot of things we need to get done and hopefully we’ll stride forward to get them done.”

Long-term planning will be among the top priorities for the new board, said McMullan.

However, she points out that stability and funding can only be achieved through cooperation with the provincial government.

Newcomer Pat Furness will take over the seat of longtime trustee Jim Sinclair after securing 178 more votes than her challenger. She received a total of 937 votes, while Sinclair garnered 759 votes.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, I am delighted to have become the new trustee,” said Furness.

“I look forward to the next three years, the challenges and rewards that they will bring. My first duty will be to get involved in the schools and I will be contacting principals to see where I can best serve.”

Alan Fraser, Ronald Johnstone and Rose Tustian will join the board as Agassiz-Harrison representatives.

In the Canyon electoral area, Tom Hendrickson was voted in by acclamation.