Smillie named superintendent of Kootenay Lakes school district

Trish Smillie started her career with the Kamloops-Thompson district in 2015 and was named assistant superintendent for elementary schools at the beginning of 2020.

Kamloops-Thompson school district (SD73) assistant superintendent Trish Smillie is on the move after being named the new superintendent of the Kootenay Lakes school district.

Smillie started her career with the Kamloops-Thompson district in 2015 and was named assistant superintendent for elementary schools at the beginning of 2020.

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She has also overseen the International Student Program and served as the vice-president of the school district’s business company, Global Education.

Smillie has also been a key part of the school district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading the district's pandemic response committee since the beginning of the pandemic.

"I am proud to have been able to contribute to the success of students in SD73 and to work with so many educators and community partners who were dedicated to quality teaching and learning around the values of equity, inclusion and diversity," she said.

Kamloops-Thompson school district Supt. Terry Sullivan said Smillie has been an excellent leader and a "tremendous" advocate for children.

The district said it will soon begin searching for someone to fill her role as assistant superintendent for elementary schools.

The shift is one of three big changes in administration.

In July, the district will have a new superintendent as Rhonda Nixon arrives from Alberta to replace Sullivan, who was filling the role on an interim basis following the retirement on Aug. 31, 2020, of then-superintendent Alison Sidow.

And, effective Aug. 1, school district financial director Trina Cassidy will take the reins from secretary-treasurer/CFO Kelvin Stretch, who will retire after a 24-year career with the district.

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