Four vying for the position of Vernon’s school counselor
The loss of a longtime administrator forced a by-election for the Vernon School Board.
Four candidates are vying to take over as director of Mollie Bono, who died on February 15, 2021. The election takes place on Saturday May 29 for the remainder of the four-year term, which ends in November 2022.
“Since it is outside the last year of the mandate, we have to hold a by-election,” said Chief Electoral Officer Lynn Jameson.
The candidates for the position of Trustee of Vernon are:
• Jenelle Brewer
• Philipp Gruner
• Julie Melanson
• Christie Tujik
Voters in Vernon, the North Okanagan Regional District, and Electoral Zones B (Swan Lake / Commonage) and C (BX / Silver Star) may vote between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the school district office, 1401 15th Street.
Advance polling opportunities are held on Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26 at the office, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bono has been a Trustee since 2007, as well as an Okanagan Indian Band Elder, Band Councilor and Honorary Member of Okanagan College. During her 14 years at school, she also worked with the First Nations Friendship Center and the Social Planning Council.