New leadership team at Canadian School Boards Association - Newfoundland's Borden named President, Furgula of Manitoba Vice-President

    OTTAWA, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Nada Borden, past-President of the
Newfoundland and Labrador School Boards Association, has been named President
of the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA). Replacing Borden as CSBA
Vice-President is Ruth Ann Furgula, CSBA Board member from the Manitoba School
Boards Association. The new senior team was elected at a meeting of the CSBA
Board of Directors in Victoria, B. C. last month.
    CSBA is the national voice of elected school boards in Canada and a
determined advocate for public education and school success. Canada's public
schools provide excellent and equitable education to over five million
students, including aboriginal students attending public schools, children
with learning challenges and special gifts, and in both of Canada's official
    Borden served as the President of her provincial school boards
association from 2005 to 2008, Vice-Chair of Newfoundland's Western School
Board and Chair from April 2004 to September 2005. Borden has been an active
volunteer in the community, having served on the Board of Junior Achievement,
Western Newfoundland for six years. Borden had a long career in the
educational field having joined the staff of the College of the North Atlantic
in 1973. She is a graduate of Memorial University, having obtained a bachelor
of Vocation Education in 1977. Borden is also a Certified General Accountant,
having received her CGA designation in 1991.
    Borden replaces Rick Johnson, who stepped down as CSBA President after
running successfully as a candidate in a provincial by-election for the
governing Liberal Party of Ontario. The Board has elected both Borden and
Furgula to complete the current term as well as a full one-year mandate
beginning in July 2009.
    Ruth Ann Furgala, elected CSBA Vice-President, is a trustee in the
Evergreen School Division in rural Manitoba. She has been a member of the
Manitoba School Boards Association Executive for the past eight years, serving
as President from 2005-2007 and Past-President 2007-2009. Furgala is employed
with Manitoba Conservation. Ruth Ann and Wayne have four adult children and
live in Riverton.
    "Canada's publicly-elected school boards are a vital tool in delivering
and promoting student success across this country," President Borden noted in
a statement. "CSBA and its provincial school board association partners
promote and defend that important cause. Ruth Ann and I are honoured and proud
to offer our leadership, and we look forward to an active and exciting

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