John McKee (Ward 1)
John McKee has ranched west of Claresholm most of his life. He took all of his schooling in Claresholm, graduating from Willow Creek Composite High in 1975. John moved to Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta and completed his BSc in Agriculture in 1979. After working for WestCan Irrigation for a couple of years in Lethbridge he decided to return to school. He enrolled in education at the University of Lethbridge and finished his BEd in 1982. During his final year he met and married Jenny Schulze from Eastend, Saskatchewan. They then moved to Altario, Alberta where John taught for three years and Jenny taught at Provost. A teaching position came available at Fort Macleod and John and Jenny moved there in 1985. John taught at the G.R. Davis School for one year. John's Dad decided to expand his ranching operation and a decision was made to return to the ranch and assist in the everyday operation. Jenny currently teaches at West Meadow Elementary in Claresholm.
John and Jenny have three children; Trent, an electrician in Fort McMurray, Ethan who is attending the UofL and Mikayla who is a dental assistant in Claresholm.
John has had a variety of positions while his children were growing up. He served as a hockey coach, trainer and/or manager on several hockey teams, as President of Minor Hockey, President of the Swim Club, Zone Representative of ASSA and 4H Leader. Some other positions include the Noble Grand of Odd Fellows, Member of Special Places Committee and School Trustee for Willow Creek School Division.
Having been a teacher, substitute teacher throughout the northern end of the present LRSD, and former School Trustee, John has an understanding of the 'ins and outs' of the everyday school operation. This unique perspective allows him to represent the stakeholders of Ward One in making informed decisions which result in the best possible teaching and learning outcomes for students.
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Bradley Toone (Ward 1)
Brad Toone lives in Claresholm with his wife Andrea and their two daughters. Both daughters are currently attending West Meadow Elementary School. Having grown up on a farm near Claresholm, Brad knew at an early age that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by continuing the family business.
Brad has said "both farming and being a Trustee are in his blood". His great grandfather was a farmer east of Claresholm and a Trustee for the Starline School District. Although a lot has changed in the hundred plus years that have passed since his great grandfather's time, the desire to serve their community is a common thread that runs between them. Brad also credits his father's example that has fostered a strong desire to serve in his community. In the past he has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of Canada program and is currently a member of the Claresholm Lion's Club.
Brad is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Livingstone Range School Division. He believes in and is striving for transparency and fostering a collaborative relationship with all stakeholders.
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Greg Long (Ward 2)
Greg was elected as a Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustee member in 2017 as a representative of Ward 2. He currently serves on the Student Leadership Committee and Teacher Board Liaison Committee, is a member of the Teacher Employer Bargaining Association, and is a Livingstone Labour Representative and ASBA Zone 6 Labour Representative.
Greg advocates for schools which provide opportunities for all students to be successful relative to each individual, and a healthy environment for students growth and development.
A teacher in the Crowsnest Pass for 30 years, Greg also spent 15 years as chairman of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Policy & Negotiations committee and coached volleyball, track, and cross-country during his career. Greg’s Christian morals and values guide his life, and he is a dedicated and sociable person.
Clara Yagos (Ward 2)
Clara has served as a Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustee member since 2010, representing Ward 2. She currently is the chair of the Policy Review Committee and a member of the Labour Relations Committee, Appeal Committee, and Trustee Remuneration Committee. Clara is also a director of the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Rural Caucus and a member of the ASBA Zone Languages Committee (Zone 6).
Clara advocates for rural school divisions and schools to receive an equitable share of resources so that we can continue to offer unique programs that reflect our culture and environment.
As a teacher, Clara taught in communities across Alberta and was Principal of Lacombe Outreach School prior to her retirement in 2006. She has volunteered with many organizations in Pincher Creek and the Crownsest Pass, and loves spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.
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Jim Burdett (Ward 3)
Jim has served as a Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustee member from 2004 to 2011 and from 2017 to present. He represents Ward 3 and currently serves on the Remuneration Committee, Negotiation Committee, and Policy Committee.
Jim is passionate about maintaining the standard of excellence in education for LRSD students and exploring new and innovative ideas to enhance the educational experience.
With a background in farm and ranch management, Jim also has 21 years of volunteer experience with Scouts Canada and 11 years as a volunteer basketball coach. Jim and his wife Charlene are the proud parents of 8 children and 17 grandchildren. He loves family activities and enjoys hiking and being out in nature.
Lori Hodges (Ward 3)
Lori has served as a Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustee member since 2010. She represents Ward 3 and currently services on the Regional School Council, Regional School Council of Student Leaders, Awards Committee, and Professional Development Committee.
A tireless advocate for education, Lori believes that rural students deserve and can receive the best education possible. She strives to help build student leadership and to help make Livingstone Range the best division it can be.
Lori loves being a wife, a mom to three kids, and a hairdresser and nail tech. She enjoys reading, camping, kayaking, and volunteering in schools in any way she can. Lori has called Fort Macleod home since 2006.
Lacey Poytress (Ward 3)
Lacey was elected as a Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustee member in 2017 as a representative of Ward 3. She currently serves on the Regional School Council.
Lacey wants Livingstone Range School Division to be a place that both staff and students want to be. She advocates for high-quality education and life skills that will help students be successful in their endeavors.
As a wife and mother of four children, Lacey is passionate about the emerging generation. She enjoys running, reading, spending time with her family, and is an energetic and personable individual.
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