Parkland College is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Governors. David Cisyk, Ernie Iluk, Raymond Sass, and Darrell Sobkow have joined the board, effective Sept. 16, 2013. Sally Bishop and D. Lydia Cyr retain the positions they’ve held since 2009 and 2010, respectively.
“Our new representatives bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We look forward to benefitting from their unique perspectives as the College advances.”
David Cisyk is from Esterhazy, where he works as a geologist and manager of mine engineering for Mosaic Potash. He’s impressed by what he’s seen as he joins the Parkland College Board of Governors.
“In the industry that I’ve worked in, we require a lot of educated people or people with training,” Cisyk said. “This is a good opportunity for me to contribute.”
Ernie Iluk is a resident of Melville and is active in various organizations within the community. He has been involved with the Melville Millionaires Junior Hockey Club for over 30 years. As a board member he hopes to tap into knowledge from his lengthy career in the financial sector.
“It’s a real experience,” Iluk said. “When we had the initial meeting, the material that was submitted to me, I was really amazed at how thorough everything is and how much is involved in the whole program.”
Raymond Sass, a Yorkton resident, returns to the board on which he served between 2008 and 2010. He has worked as a trustee and chairperson of the Good Spirit Board of Education over the last 10 years, and is an active board member with the Anglican Church of Canada and the Saskatchewan Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.
“I was excited to be approached,” Sass said. “I know the College is doing some great things, especially around the Trades and Technology Centre, and I’m excited to be able to contribute.”
Darrell Sobkow also hails from Yorkton. He has spent nearly three decades in the agriculture industry and currently works for Richardson International.
“I’m honoured to serve on the board as Parkland College grows and becomes more important with all the communities that we live in,” Sobkow said. “Certainly in my field, it’s been a great asset for us to have access to the College, so I’m more than willing to help contribute to its success and growth.”
The Parkland College Board of Governors meets monthly to oversee the College’s operations and provide direction and guidance on institutional decisions. Board members advocate on behalf of the College and support efforts relating to regional economic growth.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
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