Students in Kenora’s Pope John Paul II school will soon be welcoming a new voice. Former Innovation and Creativity Coordinator with the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Jamey Robertson, has been named the new Vice-Principal of PJP.

“It is a great privilege to be chosen as the Vice Principal for Pope John Paul II School,” said Robertson. “I am exceptionally proud to be rejoining the school community and becoming a part of an outstanding Catholic elementary school that is deeply committed to spiritual, academic and personal excellence. I respect and appreciate the warmth, vibrancy and relationships that define this unique school community. Furthermore, it will be wonderful to reunite with Tammy Bush as a collaborative partner as we’ve worked together closely at both the school and system-level for more than ten years.”

Tammy Bush, the former Early Years Coordinator for the KCDSB, was named as the new Principal for PJP in April.

“Jamey is an accomplished, results-driven, Catholic leader within the board,” said Phyllis Eikre, Director of Education for the KCDSB. “Partnering Jamey as the Vice Principal at Pope John Paul II School with Tammy Bush, as Principal brings together a dynamic and proven-team to support the school.”

Former St. Louis School teacher Marnie Buffett will be taking over as the new Early Years Coordinator for the board.

“It is an honour to be given the opportunity to serve the children, families and educators as the Early Years Coordinator,” said Buffett. “My many years of experience in elementary education have affirmed for me that each child’s early years have a life-long impact and are critical to the development and growth of individual students. I look forward to working with the amazing staff at all of our schools in this new role to continue supporting students in reaching their full potential. I am blessed and grateful to be able to serve in this new way.”

Earlier this year, Buffett and St. Louis Principal Maureen Frankcom launched the Whole Child initiative, which aimed to support students academically, as well as socially and emotionally. The program included more supports for learning skills, teaching responsibility to students as well as additional math students.

“Marnie is passionate about children, student learning and supporting the development of the whole child – spiritually, academically and socially,” added Eikre. “She will continue to create connections with children, families and community agencies in her new role.”

The two appointments will be effective in September.

More Local News

Kenora shop owner faces uncertainty after fire

The owner of Kenora’s Link & Pin, Mark Thompson, is starting to work on the rebuilding process. His storefront was demolished during last weekend’s Main Street fire, along with the remainder of the…

Fire chief, mayor talk decision to demolish

Crews are still cleaning up the rubble left from the demolition of the Lila's block in Kenora, following Sunday's fatal fire on Main Street. Once it was determined the fire wasn't going to go out…

OPP investigating Pikangikum homicide

The OPP is continuing to investigate a homicide in Pikangikum First Nation, 10 years following the death. On March 22, 2009, 33-year-old Judy Ann Quill of Pikangikum was last seen leaving a family…

Council won't be twinning the Rec Centre rink this term

Kenora Council have decided to hold off on plans to twin the rec centre rink. Council directed administration, at their last council meeting, to cease the needs assessment of a twinned ice surface at…

Aerial truck purchase pays off for city, firefighters

It was a tough first test for the City of Kenora’s new $1.2 million aerial firetruck. The vehicle was used on its first fire on Sunday, as emergency responders fought the Main Street fire – which led…

Police target, charge distracted drivers

Police are reminding residents to focus on the roads, not their phones. OPP officers across the North West Region recently completed a distracted driving enforcement blitz, taking place between March…

Pothole season is here

Spring is in the air, and with the shift from winter snow plowing to snow melting, conditions are perfect for potholes to form. Moisture seeps into the pavement and sub-base, freezes, expands and…

Main Street in Kenora open

Main Street in Kenora has opened to vehicles and pedestrians. The CIBC building, demolition site, and Bargin shop remain blocked off by police, as they continue to investigate the cause of Sunday's…

City approves 2019 budget

Kenora city concil officially passed their budget for 2019. “This budget was a particularly difficult one for council," said Mayor Dan Reynard. From the city's perspective, the 3.55 per cent increase…

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.