Brenda Dorosz was a central figure in 2016's school closing fight. She is one of three candidates vying for two school board positions representing Osoyoos and area.

The two leading vote getters in a November 2016 Osoyoos trustee by-election will be campaigning again this fall — joining a champion of the Osoyoos Secondary School-saving effort.

Casey Brouwer
Penny Dupperon

Both Casey Brouwer — who won the Okanagan Similkameen School Division seat vacated by June Harrington — and Penny Dupperon, who finished 40 votes behind Mr. Brouwer, have filed nomination papers for the October 20 election.

They will be joined by Brenda Dorosz, a community advocate who played a leading role in a successful effort to keep Osoyoos Secondary from closing early in 2016.

The three will be vying for two seats on the seven-member board.

Vice Chair Marieze Tarr earlier announced she would not be seeking re-election.

Ms. Dorosz was first into the race, announcing her intentions to run for one of two Osoyoos trustee positions on Sunday.

“I will be submitting necessary documents in next few days,” she said. “Thanks to everyone that helped me come to this decision. Thanks also to all who have offered to help. It is humbling to have so many coming forward with support.”

In 2017, she sought the provincial New Democratic nomination for the Boundary-Similkameen riding, finishing second in that contest to Grand Forks’ Colleen Ross.

Mr. Brouwer, a Town of Osoyoos employee, also coaches boys basketball at Osoyoos Secondary and is a volunteer firefighter.

“Two years ago I was honoured to be elected School Trustee for Osoyoos,” said Mr. Brouwer. “It has been a privilege serving the families of Osoyoos and District.

“I am thrilled to announce that I will be seeking your support again in this upcoming election.”

Ms. Dupperon, who challenged the November 2016 election result in court and has remained a committed observer at board meetings since, said she has also turned in the necessary paperwork to enter the race.

“I want to play a role in providing our children, and all the children in the district, with equal opportunities and a great education,” she said. “I want to thank all those that supported me in the by-election and hope I can count on your support in the upcoming election.”

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 14, with campaigns officially underway Sept. 22.

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