The Western Québec School Board prides itself in providing excellent educational services. To do so, a group of people work diligently in different departments to ensure that the Board runs smoothly.
The Board has eight main departments that oversee a range of necessary yet understated matters such as curriculum, building, school maintenance, the school taxes, staffing the teachers, transportation routes, etc. The hard work of these essential services make it possible for the teachers, the educators and support staff to better help all the students in our system, whatever their individual needs may be.
The Western Québec School Board’s General Directorate consists of the Director General, the Assistant Director General, as well as, the Secretary General. This group oversees the entire Board activities, ranging from the educational services, to managing the political liaisons, including the ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR), as well as the elected Commissioners, to budgeting, to legal matters and school related issues, etc.
Mike Dubeau, Director of Human Resources
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Ruth Ahern Assistant Director General
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Terry Kharyati Secretary General
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Nicole Belec Administrative Support
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Buildings & Equipment
Our Building Services Department supports the Mission Statement of the School Board in providing the best possible learning environment. This is accomplished by effective and efficient management of available resources to provide healthy, safe, well maintained and operated facilities, through the delivery of responsive maintenance, custodial, and construction services in harmony with the individual learning communities.
We are dedicated to providing:
- a high standard of cleanliness and operating efficiency;
- an effective preventive maintenance program;
- a high standard of repair and maintenance;
- an effective engineering creative design and construction service;
- legislative compliance and high standards of energy, environmental, safety and security services;
- an efficient financial and administrative service to meet the requirements of the department;
- effective communications, good working relationships with our communities and continual and meaningful staff development.
In general schools and their initiatives fall under the responsibility of the school principal and the governing board as created by their deed of establishment. The School board recognizes the rights and responsibilities, of the governing board as outlined in the Act. In those matters related to the use of the premises or immovables placed at the disposal of the school are subject to this policy.
Pascal Proulx, Director of Buildings & Equipment and Technology
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Judy Cadieux-Fortin, Administrative Support
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Carrie Hart, Manager, Buildings, Equipment and Technology
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The Western Québec School Board supports the life-long learner. It gives the best possible education in the safest environments. As our mission statement indicates “we are committed to academic excellence, quality education and social, emotional and moral development.” Every decision made at the Board level transcends into our schools and we truly focus on the students and their individual learning abilities.
Stewart Aitken, Director - Elementary
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Chantel Hutter, Administrative Support - Elementary
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Ruth Ahern, Director- Secondary and Adult Learning
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Chantal Champagne, Administrative Support - Secondary and Adult Sector Vocational Training
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Lyn Fitzsimmons, Administrative Support - Adult Sector - Academics
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Beth Burn, Director - Services to students with special needs
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Wendy Routliffe, Administrative Support - Services to students with special needs
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The finance department deals with all financial matters pertaining to the Board, schools, centres, and daycares. It also oversees all matters dealing with school taxes.
Our goal is to distribute all the allocated funds from the ministry and school taxes in a fair and equitable manner based on the socio-economic ranking of the school.
By law, the school board shall appoint an external auditor to carry out the verification and reporting mandate issued by the MEESR on the financial transactions of the school board. The result of these verifications are presented as Financial Statements.
The Québec government must include in its financial reporting the results of all Québec educational and health institutions. Therefore, all boards must report their finances according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
The recording of liabilities accumulated on staff vacation and sick day benefits, as well as the depreciation of school board buildings and other capital assets has created change to the financial reports following the accounting reform of June 2008 within the education sector.
To date the school board has adopted a balanced budget within the regulation of the MEESR, between the money we will receive and the money we will spend to continue to deliver quality education and services to our students and communities.
Mike Dubeau, Director of Human Resources
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Sandra Cox, Director
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Kimberly Robertson, Administration Technician
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Leanne Gray, Responsable des approvisionnements
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The primary role of the Human Resources Department is to hire, promote and develop qualified and professional staff to ensure that our students achieve their potential. We offer direction and guidance to management personnel for issues involving staffing and labour relations. In addition, we provide all of our employees with services and advice related to careers aspirations, compensation, benefits and disability management.
Terry Kharyati Director
Philippe Bazinet, Coordinator
Suzan Hunter, Administrative Technician
Matthew Queale, Administrative Technician
Sylvie Monette, Administrative Technician
Krystal Boutin, Executive Secretary
All owners of taxable property in the province of Québec must pay school taxes. The current Education Act directs school boards in the process of invoice and collection of school taxes. Property owners are responsible to ensure payment is made. No interest on late payments can be adjusted or removed as prescribed in the Education Act.
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The mandate of the Information Technology Department is to give support in all activities of the School Board when technology is involved. These responsibilities are broken down into two (2) main domains:
Administrative systems represent a wide area of activities: human resources and payroll, finance, purchasing, student transportation, taxation, etc. It is comprised of the following responsibilities:
- responsibility of all corporate and school servers
- management of the Western Québec Telecommunication Network and Fiber Network
- maintenance of all computer hardware and software
- school board corporate systems (for example: “Jade” for student record management),
- school decentralized systems: student registration, student evaluation, scheduling student fees management, library management systems, daycare activities, etc.
- training activities.
Pascal Proulx, Director
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Transportation & School Organization
The WQSB is the only English school board serving the Outaouais and Abitibi-Temiscaming regions. Every day we transport over 6400 students to 25 different schools as well as adult education and vocational training centres across our vast territory of more than 90,000 kilometers squared. The School Board contracts over 135 vehicles daily for a total that exceeds 2.5 million kilometers a year.
The Western Québec School Board Transportation Department has an outstanding safety record and through the dedication and the concerted efforts of our bus contractors, drivers, school communities and Transportation Department staff, we will continue to assure a safe transportation environment for all our students.
In order to preserve the outstanding safety record and maintain seamless transportation every day, WQSB follows a rigorous policy and relies on specific guidelines to ensure that decisions are made efficiently and professionally.
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Mike Dubeau, Director of School Organization & Transportation
Manon Dusablon, Coordinator Transportation & School Organization
Transportation scheduling, contracts, budget
Lorraine Mallette, Administrative Technician Transportation
Bus routes/schedules – Geobus Data
Danielle Robert, Superintendent of Administrative Services/Mgr of Information Systems
Management of Student Data
Lee Ann Beaulé, Administrative Technician
GPI/GPI Internet/ISM Secretarial support/training GPI Manual, Print Formats
Sabrina Crawford, Administrative Technician (Bill 101/Registration)
Sonia Lavallée, Office Agent Principal Class – Transportation & School Organization
Clerical dept. support for above tasks, as required
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