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Scott Saywell – Superintendent/CEO

Scott Saywell is halfway through his first year as the district’s Superintendent/CEO. Find out where he grew up, where his ultimate favourite spot is to sing, what he likes to do outside of work and what his vision is for the school district in the coming years.

Nancy Ketchen – Human Resources (Professional Frog Catcher)

By day, Nancy Ketchen is the district’s Absence Dispatch Coordinator, by night, she’s a professional frog catcher! Nancy has the unique distinction to be the official American Bullfrog catcher in BC. Her work is integral in university research across the country. What do bullfrogs and sleep apnea have in common? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Watch the video teaser clip to see them up close!

Dominique Sullivan – Teacher-Librarian

Dominique Sullivan, Teacher-Librarian at École Quarterway in Nanaimo, talks about tech (Google Suite for Education) in the classroom and the importance of taking care of your mental health.

Dominique is also a long-time yoga instructor, recently appointed Facilitator for the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, and teaches a course for teens called “Making Friends with Yourself: Mindful Compassion for Teens”.

For more info:


Instagram: @zen_librarian

Twitter: @librarian_zen

Facebook: Zen Librarian

Lynn Brown – Mental Health and Addictions Manager

Lynn Brown, the district’s Mental Health and Addictions Manager, talks about the legalization of cannabis and its effects. She also shares the district’s education practices and offers helpful information for adults to consider when having conversations with youth about the use of marijuana.

Lynn refers to provincially funded Emotion Focused Family Therapy for all families looking for coaching on how to deal with difficult family situations with their kids. In Nanaimo call (250) 739-5790.

Dave Prevost – Transportation Manager

Snow or icy conditions on Vancouver Island roads is a challenge! Dave Prevost, Transportation Manager for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, explains the process he follows to determine if it is safe for buses to be on the road. What about school closures during these times? Dale Burgos, Executive Director for Communications, explains the process the district follows when determining if schools should remain open or call it a snow day. It’s an involved process that is hours in the making, have a listen!

Crystal Dennison – Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation

Crystal Dennison, Executive Director of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, highlights the good work, needs and goals of the Foundation that supports NLPS students through breakfast/food programs, school supplies/programs, and scholarships & bursaries.

Trustee Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson, third-term school trustee for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, shares stories from his storied past as a CBC radio personality, published author, and his time living in a Buddhist Temple. The mind behind “The Best Me I Can Be” initiative in the district also shares his hopes for the coming term.