Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board trustee Cathy Abraham has been acclaimed to her post as president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.  She is the first KPR trustee to ever be elected to the provincial organization's senior executive.

Cathy Abraham continues to make Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR) history.

Not only was Abraham the first trustee to be elected to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association three-member senior executive group, where she served two terms as vice-president for the provincial organization, but she is marking her fourth term as its president.

Abraham, who represents Clarington on the KPR board, was acclaimed to the role.

In addition to serving as a senior executive, Abraham has also shared her knowledge and commitment to public education as OPSBA education program work team chair, member of the OPSBA police development work team, OPSBA trustee labor negotiation representative, and OPSBA Central East Region vice- president from 2007 to 2010.

She has also been active in her community, holding a variety of leadership roles, including with Rotary, Newcastle Community Hall and as founder of the Newcastle Family Connection resource center.

Her experience, knowledge, and steady leadership will continue to play an invaluable role throughout the next year as school boards continue to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 on the public education system.

“I am incredibly honored, humbled and excited to be elected to lead OPSBA once again, and I thank my fellow trustees from across Ontario for their support,” stated Abraham. “I strongly believe in our world-class public education system that is a cornerstone in building healthy communities for us all. I am very proud of the critical role OPSBA has in advocating for and advancing our efforts towards that end. ”

The school board also congratulates trustee Jaine Klassen Jeninga on her election to OPSBA’s executive council / leadership team as regional chair for the Central East Region. Klassen Jeninga has represented the townships of Alnwick / Haldimand and Hamilton, Cobourg and Port Hope since being elected to the post in 2010. For the last three years she has served on OPSBA’s program development work group and as vice-chair of the Central East Regional Council.

“We are very pleased, and proud, of the accomplishments of trustee Abraham and trustee Klassen Jeninga,” added board chairperson Diane Lloyd. “They are wonderful advocates for the communities they serve, and all the students of the board. The province on the whole will benefit from their experience and leadership. ”

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association represents public district school boards and public school authorities across Ontario, which together serve more than 1.3 million public elementary and secondary students.


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