A new Director of Education has been hired by the Kenora Catholic District School Board.

Dr. Derek Haime is looking forward to taking over the position February 1.

"I think developing those partnerships and creating an environment where student voice is first and foremost, which is certainly already part of the culture at Kenora Catholic. Ensuring we all work together. As director my role is really to ensure everyone can be the educator they dream of being," he said.

Haime is taking over the position held by Phyllis Eikre for the past 10 years.

"Big shoes to fill, but part of the blessing is when you have someone of Phyllis's stature with all the accomplishments shes had with the board, it makes it really easy to step in," he said.

Haime said Eikre has offered her assistance with any questions or advice he may need following the transition.

Eikre has been with the board for 33 years. She announced her retirement in June.

Haime will be visiting the district in December to meet the board, and visit some of the schools. He's looking forward to the transition.

"I will do my best to apply my knowledge, my skills, my experience and my careisms to move things forward. To continue all the great things Kenora Catholic is known for," he said.

Haime has over six years of experience as a Supervisory Officer with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and two years as an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education. He also holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership and a Master’s Degree in International Education.

Haime will become the Kenora Catholic District School Board’s fifth Director of Education.

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