Public Notice Of School Board Elections
November 2, 2014 - Western Québec School Board (WQSB)

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to electors of the Western Québec School Board by the Returning Officer, Mr. Richard Vézina, that the following positions are open for nominations:

Nomination papers for these positions must be filed at the office of the Returning Officer or at those of the assistants authorized to receive them, on the following days and times:

September 23, 2014 to September 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Assistants authorized to receive nomination papers:

Ms. Cassey Brunette
G. Théberge School
38 Boucher St, Box 610
Témiscaming, QC  J0Z 3R0

Ms. Rose-Marie Sear
Noranda School
10 Québec Blvd
Rouyn-Noranda, QC  J9X 1G2

Ms. Celine Brindamour
Golden Valley School
980, 7th Street
Val D’Or, QC  J9P 3P8

Ms. Joanne Laviolette
St-John’s Elementary School
10 Leslie Street
Campbell’s Bay, QC  J0X 1K0

Ms. Lisa Savard
Queen Elizabeth Elem. School
9 Begley Road, Box 240
Kazabazua, QC  J0X 1X0

Ms. Joanne McNamara
Namur Intermediate School
333 du Parc Street
Namur, QC  J0V 1N0


Mr. Pascal Proulx will act as the Election Clerk.

If two or more candidates are nominated for the same position, a poll will be held on November 2, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and an advance poll will be held on October 26, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Electors who do not have a child admitted to educational services in the English language or the French language school board that covers their home address may choose to exercise or revoke their right to vote at an English language school board. This choice is made by sending the Notice, to the Returning Officer between September 19, 2014 and October 14, 2014.

Returning Officer: Mr. Richard Vézina
15 Katimavik
Gatineau, QC  J9J 0E9
819-684-1313, Ext: 1152
Given at Gatineau, Québec, on September 7, 2014 by Richard Vézina, Returning Officer.

DG's Message


I trust you had an enjoyable summer break with your family and friends, and that you are looking forward to the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The schools and centres staff is privileged to welcome you to the Western Québec School Board. This is a busy time of year as we are busy finalizing the school organization, the transportation schedules and readying the classrooms to welcome students on their first day of school. I want to take this opportunity to update you on upcoming events for this school year, which you will find enclosed. I wish everyone a successful year.

Please see below, important updates for 2014-2015.

Paul Lamoureux Director General

SEAC (Special Education Advisory  Committee)

The SEAC Committee is mandated through the Education Act for parents of children with special needs. SEAC may advise the School Board on issues that affect students with special needs.  Topics covered during the 2013-14 SEAC meetings included: Policy, Funding, Assistive Technology, and IEPs.
WQSB’s Special Education Policy will be distributed to parents, and reviewed with the Director of Complementary Services.
Notice of Annual General Meeting, Monday, September 15th @ 7:00 pm at the Western Québec School Board, 15 Katimavik St. Gatineau, Québec (Aylmer Sector)

Governing Board

Parents who wish to participate on the school/centre’s governing board may do so by informing the school administration in early September.

Parent Volunteers - Judicial Report Verification
All parent volunteers working in schools/centres are required to provide proof of a security background check. Documents are available at your school/centre, and there is no cost to the parent volunteer.

LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit educational foundation for Minority Language Education that provides educational materials, services, and on-line services. It is a great website for parents, students, and educators (

Budget 2014-2015

On June 30, 2014, the Council of Commissioners adopted the 2014-2015 School Board Budget

School Transportation

Please contact the school administration for all changes in address/contact information during the school year.

Inclement Weather Policy

Consult our website for transportation cancellation and/or school closures due to inclement weather or follow us on twitter! WQSB@WQSB_Inclement

Cross Boundary Request
Any cross boundary request made after April 1, 2014 deadline, will be confirmed in writing after the week of September 30, 2014. Once again, due to several new school registrations over the summer months, we can only confirm once the school organizations are completed.
School Elections

Polling day for the upcoming school board elections will be November 2nd, 2014. As parent of a child registered in the Western Québec School Board, you will be registered on our list of electors.

Don’t forget to vote! If you wish to run for a position on the Council of Commissioners of the Western Québec School Board, or for the position of Chair, you may obtain authorization and nomination papers from the Returning Officer.

For more information, please visit our Elections page.

Homeschooling with WQSB - Tips for parents

Homeschooling is an option available to all parents under the Education Act
Families interested in this option need to contact Dr. Marian Lothian ,Director of Educational Services for the WQSB at the board office, who oversees homeschooling
Perspective families should inform themselves by reading the Québec Government Policy Framework for Home Schooling which outlines the duties and responsibilities of all stakeholders, and review the Québec Education Program for the grade levels of the children to be home schooled. Both electronic links can be forwarded from our director’s office
The educational yearly plan for each child to be homeschooled needs to be forwarded to the WQSB for approval prior to the start-up of the school year, and general guidance is offered to families as needed
The planning, textbooks and learning materials are the responsibility of the homeschool family
Once approved for homeschooling, students are to be evaluated annually within their local community school during term 3 (April to June). Results are given to parents in order to provide feedback as to how the student is progressing academically.


The Western Québec School Board would like to inform the public of the following:

Security Background Check

Gatineau, August 26, 2014
Parents/Legal Guardians,
The Western Québec School Board is pleased to inform you of the revised procedures and guidelines regarding the Security Background Check (SBC) for current and new employees, volunteers, and service contracts working in our schools and centres. The procedures were updated to clearly outline the process of the SBC, and more importantly, ensure that all individuals in the presence of students and staff members have undergone a SBC.

Consequently, future employees, volunteers, and contract workers will be required to complete a “Declaration Concerning a Judicial Record”; no one will be permitted, in any circumstances, to begin work/volunteer in schools and centres before receiving authorization from the Human Resources Department.

Information regarding the “Declaration Concerning a Judicial Record” is also available at your local school /centre.

Our responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff members of the Western Québec School Board.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Paul Lamoureux
Director General

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School Tax Invoicing

Taxation invoices for the 2014-2015 school year will be mailed on July 28th, 2014 and are payable on August 28th, 2014. New! FAQ [opens in new window]


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Bus Cancellation and/or School Closures

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The next Council of Commissioners' meeting is September 23, 2014 at 7pm

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