OSS champion says no to run for vacant trustee position

The person who could be voted most likely to serve as the Osoyoos community’s next school board trustee has indicated that’s not going to happen.

Brenda Dorosz said this morning she will not be seeking the position vacated in July by retiring trustee June Harrington.

Rather, Ms Dorosz says she’ll be setting her sights a little higher.

Speaking to her community experience, Ms Dorosz said she has decided “there are more issues” that require change.

“Education is important (but) there are many issues in our rural area to be addressed,” she said.

To that end, Ms Dorosz said she is considering seeking the New Democratic nomination for the provincial Boundary-Similkameen riding.

That seat is currently held by Liberal Linda Larson.

Mr. Dorosz notes, however, she has not submitted documentation to the party nor undergone a rigorous vetting process.

“I think within a week I’ll figure out for sure what I’m doing,” she said. “I just want some more time to talk to more people.”

 

Ms. Dorosz was unsuccessful in a 2005 bid for a school board position. She notes, however, she has remained active in the community as a volunteer and believes that will help in a run for provincial office.

Ms. Dorosz came to prominence in the community earlier this year when she spearheaded community efforts to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open and — when it appeared the school would be closed — organizing a committee to open an independent school program.

A by-election to fill the trustee position is scheduled for early November.

The nomination period for the by-election is set for Aug. 19 to Sept. 14, with nominations accepted by Chief Electoral Officer Lynda Minnabarriet, the district’s Secretary Treasurer, between Sept. 20 and Sept. 30.

If a by-election is necessary, advance voting will be held on October 26 and Voting Day set for Nov. 5.

The elected trustee would then serve on the Board of Education until the 2018 General School Election.

The next provincial election is scheduled for May 9, 2017.

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