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International Women's Day

Meet Our Current & Future Leaders!
The Algoma District School Board welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge International Women’s Day.  With a year round focus on equity, inclusivity, achievement, engagement and well-being we are strong advocates of having everyone at the table and hearing all voices.  
In learning more about our inspiring female leaders we hope to show readers and young women the many paths that can be taken, and where these paths can lead through hard work and commitment.  
ADSB Student Trustees Teagan Britten & Ava Engel and ADSB Indigenous Trustee Naeveh Pine
3 student trustees
In March 2022, ADSB approved the appointment of three Student Trustees for the 2022/2023 school year. They were Teagan Britten from Michipicoten High School in Wawa, Ava Engel from Korah Collegiate and Nevaeh Pine from White Pines as our Indigenous Student Trustee. Their appointments became effective as of August 1, 2022 and from that date, these young women have demonstrated their skills and strengths in a variety of ways.  They have shown themselves to be excellent communicators and organizers.  They are passionate about bringing student issues, concerns and accomplishments to the Board table.  And they have used their voices to share their personal experiences as students within the ADSB, helping to inform Senior Administration and the Board as they make decisions around programs, initiatives and curriculum.  
Pictured left to right, Ava Engel, Nevaeh Pine and Teagan Britten.  
Chair of the Board - Jennifer Sarlo 
Jennifer with students
Jennifer with AveryJennifer Sarlo is the Chair of Algoma District School Board, a position she has held consecutively for the past eleven years. She is a respected voice provincially with the Ministry of Education and has served with the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) as a Policy Work Team member and a Program Work Team member advising the government on issues and policies that impact the education system. Prior to being elected to the ADSB, Jennifer was the Chair of ADSB’s School Council Coordinating Committee (SCCC) now known as the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). 

Jennifer is an involved and respected member of her community and her church. Since 2013 Jennifer has coordinated the Coldest Night of the Year event in support of St. Vincent Place which has raised over $800,000. She is a team lead at St. Vincent Place Soup Kitchen, a past president of the board of ABK Bible Camp (board member for 16 years) and regular volunteer and is currently a member of 100+ Women Who Care Sault Ste. Marie.
Pictured above Jennifer Sarlo with manufacturing student Avery Jones.  
ADSB Vice Chair - Elaine Johnston
Elaine Johnston with studentsElaine Johnston is ADSB Vice Chair and continues as the ADSB’s First Nation Trustee, her third term having been firstElaine Johnston at OPSBA appointed in 2014.  From Serpent River First Nation, Elaine has served on numerous Boards and committees at the local, regional and national level. Elaine is the Chair of the Indigenous Trustee Council of the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) and her voice is sought out and respected by local, regional and provincial delegates.  
Elaine has presented to the United Nations, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and to numerous standing committees and has been a guest lecturer on health issues at Laurentian University, Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto.

Learn more about Elaine Johnston - a passionate advocate for the needs of the First Nations and Aboriginal people - in the link below. 
Director of Education - Lucia Reece 
Lucia ReeceLucia Reece has been the Director of Education for the Algoma District School Board since 2012, the first female to beLu and student trustees appointed to the position.  Serving as a Superintendent, Principal, Vice Principal and teacher, Lucia brought 18 years of Administrative/ Teaching experience and 7 years Supervisory Officer experience to the position of Director of Education.
Currently Lucia has also served as the Chair of both the Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE) and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).
Lucia holds a Master’s Degree of Education from Nipissing University in North Bay. Additionally, she has her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and is currently a PhD Candidate. While maintaining a constant focus on student achievement and improvement planning, Reece is an advocate for, and a model of, life-long learning and professional development, as she has continued to expand her qualifications and skills with additional courses, workshops.
Learn more about Director Lucia Reece by following this link.  And learn about the work Director Lucia Reece has undertaken by following this link, to the 2022 Director's Annual Report.
Pictured above left to right: Northern Indigenous Youth Council Chair Naeveh Pine, ADSB Director of Education Lucia Reece, Student Trustees Ava Engel and Teagan Britten.