GVSD Announces Vice Principal Appointments

newspaper vice principalsblue bulletPress Release:  Winkler Elementary School Vice Principal

Garden Valley School Division is pleased to announce that Debra McKinnon has been appointed to the 75% permanent Vice Principal / 25% Classroom Teacher position at Winkler Elementary School.

This appointment will be effective September 4, 2018.

Debra graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2000 from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently a Resource Teacher at Winkler Elementary School and returned to GVSD in September 2012 after previously being employed in our division from 2001 – 2006. Debra brings a wealth of teaching experience from her many different roles with grades K-8. She has her Level 1 School Administrator’s Certificate and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Debra and her spouse, Michael, reside in Carman with their 3 young children.

Garden Valley School Division congratulates Debra on this administrative appointment!


blue bulletPress Release:  Garden Valley Collegiate Vice Principal

Garden Valley School Division is pleased to announce that Mike Friesen has been appointed to the 100% permanent Vice Principal position at Garden Valley Collegiate. This appointment will be effective September 4, 2018.

Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2003 and completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba in 2010. He is currently the Vice Principal at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Borderland School Division. Mike is no stranger to GVSD as he was previously employed by the division from 2008 - 2014. Mike also brings a wealth of teaching experience from his many years of teaching high school mathematics.

Mike and his spouse, Jessica, reside in Winkler with their 3 children.

Garden Valley School Division congratulates Mike on this administrative appointment!


blue bulletPress Release:  Parkland School Vice-Principal

Garden Valley School Division is pleased to announce that Jason Shepherd has been appointed to the 75% permanent Vice Principal / 25% Classroom Teacher position at Parkland Elementary School. This appointment will be effective September 4, 2018.

Jason graduated with a Bachelors of Education Degree in 2003 and completed his Master’s Degree in Guidance / Counselling from Brandon University in 2015. He currently serves the division as a Guidance Counsellor at Parkland Elementary School. Jason has served as a Classroom Teacher, Resource Teacher, and Guidance Counsellor during his 15 years with Garden Valley School Division.

Jason’s educational philosophy belief, in part, states that “education respects and nurtures the power of learners and allows them to see the world as it could be, rather than how it is. Through relationships based on hope and respect, learners can pursue their own curiosities and answers”.

Jason and his spouse, Michelle, reside in Winkler with their 2 children.

Garden Valley School Division congratulates Jason on this administrative appointment!