On March 24, the members of the Sun West Board of Education Advocacy Committee had a very positive virtual meeting with the Honourable Dustin Duncan, the Saskatchewan Minister of Education. Participants in the meeting included the four committee members, John Collins (Chair), Cara Nisbet, Cathy Morrow and Scott Sander, who were supported by Director of Education Randy Emmerson and Superintendent of Technology Darren Gasper. Minister Duncan was supported by Deputy Minister of Education Donna Johnson and Kenneth Cotterill with the Ministry of Education.
Advocacy Committee member Cathy Morrow provided Minister Duncan with background on the Sun West Distance Learning Centre (DLC) and how the DLC has built equity of programming across Sun West. She highlighted the growth of the DLC especially in the last year because it was in a strong position to help during the pandemic.
The DLC’s partnerships with other school divisions and with the private sector were also highlighted along with the DLC Mental Wellness 30 course. Two of the most successful courses have been Agricultural Equipment Technician 20 and 30 that were developed in partnership with the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA). The courses responded to the need for more agricultural equipment technicians throughout rural Saskatchewan and provide young people with the opportunity to get into the agricultural industry right out of high school.
“It was a great opportunity to give Minister Duncan a taste of what Sun West is about,” concluded Collins, “and he expressed a willingness to come visit our schools once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, which is also great!”
Pictures above feature the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Education (left) and John Collins, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Sun West Board of Education (right).