SD 22 Candidate Forum

The Vernon District Parent Advisory Council, Vernon Teacher's Association, and CUPE 5523 are co-hosting a public forum for the Vernon School District candidates on Thursday, October 11th at the Vernon Secondary School Theatre from 7pm to 9pm. 

Nine (9) candidates are vying for four (4) spots for Area 1 Vernon. The Area 2 Coldstream candidate has been acclaimed and three (3) candidates are vying for two (2) spots for Area 3 Lumby. The following candidates will be in attendance: Area 1 - City of Vernon: Mollie Bono; Ron Burton; Jenn Comazzetto; Paula Harnard; Nicole Makohoniuk; Mark Olsen; Mark Rivette; Christie Tujik; Thomas Williamson. Area 2 - Coldstream: Robert Lee (acclaimed). Area 3 - Lumby: Sheri Minard. Not attending are Lumby candidates Gen Acton and Lori Mindnich. 

DPAC Director-at-Large, Kelli Sullivan says "school district trustees play a vital role in the delivery of our public education. The forum will be a great opportunity for citizens to come and find out where each of the candidates stand on key education issues and to get a sense of their ability to lead and oversee our local education system here in School District #22". 

The forum will be moderated by retired teacher Mel Maglio. Candidates will be given 2 minutes to introduce themselves and will then answer a question from each of the host groups DPAC, VTA and CUPE. There will then be 20-30 minutes for questions from the floor. Questions can also be emailed in advance of the form to DPAC at