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News Release: FMPSD ​Announces Administrative Appointments for 2021-2022

News Release: FMPSD ​Announces Administrative Appointments for 2021-2022

Top L-R: Bernice Howden, Daniel Baseley, Dave Hurley, Abbi Easton. Bottom: L-R: Cavell Dumaresque, Bradley St. Denis, Geoff Bishop and Raffi KouyoumdjianTop L-R: Bernice Howden, Daniel Baseley, Dave Hurley, Abbi Easton. Bottom: L-R: Cavell Dumaresque, Bradley St. Denis, Geoff Bishop and Raffi Kouyoumdjian

(Fort McMurray, AB, July 6, 2021) Fort McMcMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) congratulates the following leaders on their administrative appointment for the 2021-2022 school year:

Greely Road Public School - Bernice Howden, Principal

École McTavish High School  - David Hurley and Dan Baseley, Vice Principal

École Dickinsfield School - Brad St. Denis, Vice Principal

Dr. Clark Public School - Abbi Easton, Vice Principal

Westwood Community High School  - Raffi Kouyoumdijian, Vice Principal

And as a result of openings due to the above placements:

                                                                                      Fort McMurray Composite High School  - Cavell Dumaresque, Vice Principal

                                                                                      Fort McMurray Islamic School - Geoff Bishop, Vice Principal 

“We are so very fortunate to add many aspiring leaders to formal leadership positions this year and look forward to returning to a robust aspiring leadership program to continue to support leadership development within our FMPSD staff,” noted Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD. 

Daniel Baseley shared, “Mrs. Compton often uses the phrase ‘God is on the move!’ in reference to recent developments at the Fort McMurray Christian School (where he was a VP). While I will miss my colleagues and all of our students, I am confident that The Almighty will continue to move things in a positive direction there. Truly, I declare that I leave as a better Christian, a better Protestant, a better Anglican, a better administrator and teacher, a better father - and a better man.”

“I now turn my thoughts and attention to École McTavish Public High School. I look forward to joining the Marauder Family, and contributing in any way I can to its tradition of all-around excellence in a variety of different fields. For giving me this opportunity, I extend my sincere thanks to Superintendent Turner and our Division Office,” Baseley added.

For Cavell Dumaresque, joining Composite High School is coming full circle. 

“I am delighted to have been appointed Vice Principal of Composite High school. It was the first school I taught in when I came to FMPSD 16 years ago, and I have treasured my time there working with great teachers. As such returning to Composite will be like coming home for me. I look forward to a new challenge that this position will offer, and to work with the awesome Composite High staff,” she said.

Bradley St. Denis has been with FMPSD for 15 years, the last 10 of which were at McTavish High. He is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career.

“I have been very fortunate to work with many amazing colleagues and mentors that have helped support my learning adventure. I am super excited to join the amazing team and community at École Dickinsfield School for the 2021-2022 school year as I look forward to working with the staff and students with support as we build our learning adventure together.”

Dave Hurley is excited to join the École McTavish team this fall. 

“I have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the McTavish staff during the past two Summer Schools, so I know I am joining a dedicated team of teachers, support staff, and administrators. While I leave the Islamic School (as VP there) with a heavy heart—I will miss the students, staff, and community greatly—I hope to continue to contribute to the culture of excellence that has been cultivated at École McTavish since it started over a decade ago. I would also like to thank the senior leadership team for their continued support as I transition into this new role. I look forward to meeting my fellow colleagues in August!”

Abbi Easton joined the Division in 2017 as a Numeracy and Assistive Technology Coordinator. She became the Supervisor of Educational Technology in 2018 and added VP of Elementary E-Cademy+ to her portfolio in 2019. 

“I am very excited to join Dr. Clark School as VP and look forward to getting to know all the awesome staff, students and families,” she commented.

Geoffrey Bishop is delighted to join a familiar environment. 

“Much of my career has been spent working as a Vice Principal and teacher at Manitoba's Heritage International School in Cairo, Egypt. For the last two years, I have been part of the FMPSD as a teacher at École McTavish and have appreciated getting to know so many wonderful educators. With these experiences, I know serving as the Vice Principal at the Islamic School will be a great fit. I am looking forward to engaging with the staff, students, and parents of the Islamic School community as we work together in Doing What's Best for Kids! See you in August for the 2021-22 school year!”

Raffi Kouyoumdjian is also coming full circle with this appointment. 

“It's an honour to be appointed to the role of Vice Principal at Westwood Community High School. FMPSD is a great Division, and I will continue to serve it with pride. After four years abroad, I was delighted to rejoin the Division at McTavish High School for the last school year, and I will miss the team there. However, I look forward to rejoining the team at Westwood as I had the privilege of working at Westwood from 2014-2016 in the math and science departments, as well as in the Athletic Director role. I look forward to working with the staff and students at Westwood in the upcoming school year.”

Congratulations all!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager          

Fort McMurray Public School Division