News Stories


Lenora Trenaman Re-elected Board Chair and Dawn Lang Elected Vice-Chair

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education elected their new chair and vice-chair at the inaugural board meeting held November 8 in Nelson. Lenora Trenaman has been relected chair, a title she has held consecutively since 2005 except for one year in 2014. Dawn Lang is serving her first term as vice-chair and has served as an SD8 trustee since 2008. Trustees elect a board chair and vice-chair annually, and school trustees are elected every four years.


End-of-School-Year Transitions

Spring is the time of transitions, and at Canyon-Lister Elementary all staff have been working together to make sure we provide transition opportunities for our students so that their experience is a smooth as possible. Events we have recently held: 


Creston Students Help Restore Wetlands

"Creston students got their hands dirty and their heads full of knowledge thanks to an environmental education program recently.

Students in Brian Ewashen’s Grade 3-5 class at Canyon-Lister Elementary explored the forest ecosystem in the Creston Valley and took part in a collaborative restoration project that saw them plant 150 trees and shrubs!"

Learn more from the Wildsight news article


School Bus Drivers Wanted - Make A Difference in Your Community

When James Beaudoin goes to work each morning in Nelson to pick up his school bus, he knows that he is directly supporting a child’s education, social and physical well being.

“Being a bus driver is an important job, and the feeling of being needed and helping my community is very fulfilling. In some cases, we are the first smile that a child will see at the start of their day. Without our support, many kids would have a lot of roadblocks in the way to get to school.”


SD8 Vaccine Mandate Paused Until Further Notice

At a meeting on March 28, the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).