Chair & Vice-Chair selected for 2022-2023 session

Limestone Learning Foundation
Chair & Vice-Chair selected for 2022-2023 session
Posted on 11/17/2022
Image of Trustees Godkin and HutcheonTrustees of the Limestone District School Board selected Trustees Robin Hutcheon and Bob Godkin to the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair at the Initial Meeting of the Board as trustees start a new four-year term November 16, 2022. Trustees elect a Chair and Vice-Chair each year of their four-year mandate. 

In a historical moment, Chair Hutcheon’s name was drawn to fulfill the role of Chair after a tie between her and Trustee Suzanne Ruttan for the position. Where there is an equality of votes, the Education Act stipulates the drawing of lots to determine who will fill the role. Trustee Hutcheon’s name was pulled. 

Trustee Godkin and Trustee Judith Brown were both nominated for position of Vice-Chair. Trustee Godkin was elected to serve as Vice-Chair following a secret ballot. This is the first time both Hutcheon and Godkin have served in executive positions. 

Chair Hutcheon, who represents the Townships of Loyalist and Stone Mills, pledged her commitment to students and the Board upon being selected to the role of Chair. "I firmly believe in advocating for all students in our Board. Students are the reason why we are here. It is their well-being, their achievements and their success that matters. I am proud to sit on this Board.” She added “I think Limestone is a leader in Ontario and we have a lot of opportunities to make education the best it can be. By working collaboratively with staff and our communities we can ensure students have expanding opportunities, in all pathways, to help them achieve success and well-being. As we begin a new term, we must all be committed to working collaboratively to meet these objectives.” 

Hutcheon was first elected in October 2018, and this is her second term of office. She has served on several Board committees and provincially through the Ontario Public School Boards Association. 

Vice-Chair Bob Godkin, who is also in his second term of office, represents the City of Kingston: Pittsburgh and King’s Town Districts, and Frontenac Islands.  

After the recent municipal elections, three new Trustees, including the  new position of Indigenous Trustee appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, joined seven incumbents on the Board of Trustees.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.