School Board Election 2021

Alberta School Board elections will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021!

Are you passionate about kids and public education? You may want to consider running for a school trustee position!

Albertans vote for their school board trustees as part of the municipal general elections once every four years.

If you are a new candidate, congratulations on making the leap into electoral politics. If you are running for re-election or you have run before, congratulations on seeking community representation once again. You are taking the first step in an important democratic process. School boards are important decision-making bodies, and your desire to take part in this process is crucial for their democratic function.

Nominations for the general election are open from January 1, 2021 until noon on nomination day, September 20, 2021. 

Click this link to find support and resources to assist you on this exciting journey.

Elected by and accountable to the communities they serve, trustees, and the board as a whole, are:

  • Advocates for Alberta's children
  • Champions for education
  • Partners in education
  • Strategic governors
  • Political officials
  • A bridge between government and the community

Northern Gateway Public Schools has a nine member Board of Trustees representing the communities of:

Onoway/Alberta Beach/Rich Valley/Darwell (1 position)
Onoway (1 position)
Darwell/Sangudo/Mayerthorpe (1 position)
Mayerthorpe (1 position)
Whitecourt (2 positions)
Fox Creek (1 position)
Valleyview (1 position)
Valleyview Rural (1 position)

To learn more about the role of a school board trustee visit the Alberta School Boards Association website.


How do I become a candidate?

Candidates must submit a completed Board Election Nomination Package to NGPS Division Office, located at 4816-49 Avenue in Whitecourt, or to one of the five schools indicated within the package, on nomination day, Monday, September 20, 2021, between 10 am and noon. A deposit of $50 in cash, certified cheque or money order must accompany the nomination. Candidate packages are available for pickup at the Division Office or can be downloaded here:

Board Election Nomination Package

More Information

Forms, regulations and the 2021 School Board Elections Information Package can be accessed on the Alberta Education website.

Contact the Returning Officer

For more information regarding the nomination and election process, please contact:

Tamara Spong
Returning Officer for Northern Gateway Public Schools
4816 - 49 Avenue
Whitecourt, AB   T7S 1N8
P: 780.778.2800