Prairie Land Public School Division

101 Palliser Trail
PO Box 670
Hanna, Alberta
T0J 1P0


"Small Schools Preparing Students for Big Futures"

Our focus: Teaching and Learning, Health and Wellness, Culture and Inclusivity, Community and Engagement

Board Meeting Highlights - September 21, 2021

Trustee Recognition/Acclaimed Candidates

Trustees were recognized for their years of service on the Board at the meeting: Board Chair Holli Smith 8 years, Board Vice-chair Marsha Tkach 12 years, Barry Davis 8 years, and Gwen Hampton 4 years.

*As of the September 21/2021 Board meeting, Ward 4, Subdivision 1 was still vacant, however, as of September 24, this seat has now been acclaimed by Ken Macfarlane. Prairie Land would like to congratulate all trustees on their acclamations, and to acknowledge Barry Davis and Gwen Hampton for their service to the Board of Trustees of Prairie Land Public School Division.

Elected by Acclamation

Number of Vacancies

Ward or Electoral Division Number

Berry Creek

Holli Smith 1 Trustee WARD 1

Town of Hanna 2 Trustees

  • Lindsay Bond

  • Shauna Davies WARD 2 – Subdivision 1

Youngstown / Hanna Rural

Scott MacPherson 1 Trustee WARD 2 – Subdivision 2


Marsha Tkach 1 Trustee WARD 3 – Subdivision 1

Altario / Consort

Jinel Ference 1 Trustee WARD 3 – Subdivision 2

Morrin / Munson

STILL VACANT* 1 Trustee WARD 4 – Subdivision 1


Shandele Battle 1 Trustee WARD 4 – Subdivision 2

2020-2021 Prairie Land Public School Division Scholarship Recipients

The Board reviewed the successful 2020-2021 Prairie Land Scholarship recipients and congratulated students on their awards.



Ida Fielding Bursary

Amanda Creasy J.C. Charyk, Hanna

Liam McKeage J.C. Charyk, Hanna

Norman Alexander Duff Memorial

Abbegayle Brady J.C. Charyk, Hanna

Pioneer Homestead Bursary

Anika Mouly Consort

PLRD Achievement

Jessica Hadwin Consort

Sonya Nielsen Delia

Joseph Van Lagen Altario

PLRD Distinction

Paige Kobberstad J.C. Charyk, Hanna

PLRD Education

Jon Thornton Consort

Special Areas #2 Education Bursary (Estate of Orlin Graham Pearce)

Jock Hein J.C. Charyk, Hanna

J.C. Charyk Hanna School Innovation Academy

The Board of Trustees passed a motion to approve an in-year request to provide funding to J.C. Charyk Hanna School for the establishment of their School of Excellence in the amount of $160,000. The school is currently creating the J.C. Charyk Innovation Academy that addresses relevant learning and innovative teaching practice across all curricular areas.

For additional information please contact: Cam McKeage, Superintendent of Schools, Prairie Land Public School Division 403.854.4481.

Board Meeting Highlights - September 13, 2021 Special Meeting

Masks in Prairie Land

On September 3, 2021 the Government of Alberta announced temporary new measures to help reduce transmission and prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed within the province as a result of COVID-19. With this announcement, masks have been mandated in all indoor public spaces and workplaces, with the exception of schools. This has created much discussion with education stakeholders throughout Alberta, as local School Boards have now been given the autonomy to identify masking requirements (that must be informed by local perspectives), within their schools.

The Board of Trustees of Prairie Land Public School Division called an emergent meeting for September 13, 2021 to discuss the issue regarding masking of students and staff in Prairie Land schools. The Board reflected on the following in an effort to assist their decision making process:

1. Safe and caring environments in all schools

2. Guidance from Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health,

and Alberta Education

3. State of the provincial health system

4. Prairie Land staff and parent survey data

After much deliberation and reflection, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favour of Prairie Land Public School Division continuing to follow the advice and guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, whereas student and staff mask use in all schools will continue to be voluntary. Although masks are not required in schools at this time, students will be supported if they decide to exercise their right to wear one. Individuals should consider their own risks and personal situation when making decisions on wearing a mask.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank staff and parents for their contribution to the masking survey administered by the division. For further information, please access the updated Prairie Land 2021-2022 School Year Plan.

For additional information please contact: Cam McKeage, Superintendent of Schools, Prairie Land Public School Division 403.854.4481.

Prairie Land Public School Division Board Of Trustees Board Meetings

October 25, 2021

The October 25, 2021 Board meetings will be held online commencing at 9:00 a.m. To view the Board Organizational meeting agenda, please click here and to view the regular Board meeting agenda, please click here.

To view the meeting please click here.

Prairie Land Pride Newsletter - Volume 6, Issue 5, June 2021 (Revised).pdf

Athletics Lost


Public School Boards' Association of Alberta

PSBAA Animated Video – August 2021.mp4