The Board of Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) is the longest serving publicly-elected school board in the Northwest Territories. Current board members continue a 65-year tradition which recognizes excellence and the critical importance of public education in Yellowknife. Seven publicly elected officials serve as YK1 Trustees. The Board plays a key role in the continued success of the district and the 1,900 students it serves. Accountability, strategic thinking, financial responsibility and commitment are among the strengths of this dedicated group. Today's Trustees serve six unique public schools in Yellowknife and provide quality educational services to all students. During their time "in office", Trustees attend monthly board meetings and participate in regularly scheduled board-level committee meetings. Board members also make every effort to increase their awareness and understanding of community concerns and school-based issues by attending monthly Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings, public gatherings and community events. YK1 Trustees lead with diligence and sound judgement, always with the best interests of the students at heart. YK1's Strategic Priorities and Key Results 2016-2019 include: academic achievement, inclusive schooling, Indigenous education and healthy lifestyles.
John was elected to the YK1 board in 2009 and brings many years of parental involvement in his children's schools. John’s volunteer school service included President of Canadian Parents for French, YK1 Chapter and Parent Advisory Committee Chairperson, École J.H. Sissons. John has four children, all of whom attend or have attended YK1 schools. The two older children are graduates of École Sir John Franklin High School and the University of Alberta. The two younger children attend École William McDonald Middle School. Volunteer community service continues to be a big part of John’s life, including coaching, officiating and trail development/maintenance with the Yellowknife Ski Club and officiating and coaching with the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club. John is currently the Vice President of the Yellowknife Ski Club and was recognized by Cross Country Canada as Volunteer of the Year. A resident of Yellowknife since 1974, John had a 30-year career with the Government of the Northwest Territories in administration and policy areas before retiring in 2010.
Tina Drew: Vice Chairperson
Tina was elected to the YK1 board in 2015, just as her younger son entered École Sir John Franklin High School. She was previously involved in every step of both her and her sons' education as an active member of the Parent's Advisory Committees at N.J. Macpherson School, Range Lake North School and École William McDonald Middle School. As an immigrant to Canada in 1995, Tina initially found navigating the Canadian education system a challenge. She is still learning new ways to ensure children receive a successful education. "Education for life" is what drew her to the YK1 system. Tina firmly believes that education is a partnership between parent, educator and student. Teachers are the backbone of the educational system and she considers them artists who work with the greatest of mediums, our children. Tina wants to help grow YK1's commitment to creating a culture of excellence where teachers have every opportunity to excel. She is always researching for that perfect exercise plan so that her daily workout is a joyful experience.
Terry Brookes: Trustee
Phone: (867) 873-8440
YK1 is fortunate to have Terry serving the School Board. He has been active on the School Board for over 24 years. Terry personally believes in YK1’s motto: “Educating for Life”, and as a professional engineer sees himself as a life-long learner. Terry is a strong advocate for the District and keeps himself up to date on the trends of education, wanting to move students to new heights. He continually shares ideas and suggestions on how to make things even better. Having four children pass through the YK1 system, Terry has been able to see first-hand the high quality educational experiences available to Yellowknife students. Terry’s children graduated from École Sir John Franklin High School and went on to complete their university education. Three of Terry's children have since returned to Yellowknife where they currently work (and have also given him four grandchildren). He was past-president of the Professional Engineers/Geoscientists Association for the NWT and Nunavut, and is recognized nationally as a Fellow of Engineers Canada for his professional engineering work. He is a member and served in a governance role for several professional organizations and community sport groups, and has been awarded several distinctions for his civic volunteer work. He is an avid amateur magician and loves to share his talents with children and adults alike. In his spare time Terry enjoys refereeing both soccer and hockey. Terry wants to hear your thoughts on our education system, and can always be contacted to discuss issues. He’ll even buy the coffee!
Rajiv Rawat: Trustee
Rajiv was elected to the YK1 board in 2015 just as his older daughter entered the YK1 school system for the first time. As such, he will be serving as trustee during the formative years of his two daughters’ educational experience. Rajiv brings a strong academic orientation to his role as trustee, having attended or worked for universities and research institutes for most of his career in Montréal, Ithaca, Boston, Toronto, and Yellowknife. At the same time, he remained an active member of his academic staff and teaching assistant unions, while participating in initiatives in such diverse fields as public health, environmental studies, social justice, political science, cultural survival and sustainable livelihood strategies. His own (mostly happy) memory of schooling in Québec recalls a strong emphasis on project-based learning in biological, physical, computer, and social sciences. He likewise hopes to expand similar opportunities for YK1 students while championing greater social inclusion across an increasingly diverse student body in his term as trustee.
Satish Garikaparthi: Trustee
Satish Garikaparthi was named to YK1’s Board of Trustees in September 2017. Garikaparthi has lived in Yellowknife for the past seven years where he's worked as a municipal enforcement officer with the City and now as a security supervisor at the Legislative Assembly. A responsible parent with one daughter in the YK1 system, Garikaparthi is a strong believer in YK1’s motto: "Education for Life." Garikaparthi, 38, also brings marketing and business operations management experience to the position. "I am strong believer of growth, and this is only achieved through education," he said. "I believe I can bring some new ideas to YK1." YK1 looks forward to Garikaparthi’s contributions to our schools and students.
Jay Butler: Trustee
Phone: (867) 920-0816
Al McDonald: Trustee