Electoral Ward Review

The Pembina Hills Board of Trustees requested input from the public as they review the division’s electoral wards. This may impact the number of trustees on the board and the area that each trustee represents. The review will take into account factors such as population, school attendance areas, and historical data.

The board considered 3 options:
Note regarding Options 2 and 3 with a board of six (6) trustees: If it is a tie vote, the motion is defeated. A tie vote fails. A majority of votes cast (more than half) is required to pass a motion.

Option 1: (Current Electoral Structure)  View Map

  • Three (3) wards: Barrhead, Swan Hills, and Westlock
  • Seven (7) electoral sub-divisions; total of seven (7) trustees

Option 2:  View Map

  • One (1) ward: Pembina Hills School Division
  • Four (4) electoral sub-divisions; total of six (6) trustees

Option 3:  View Map

  • One (1) ward: Pembina Hills School Division
  • Two (2) electoral sub-divisions; total of six (6) trustees

See the full presentation (PDF)

The survey closed on February 10, 2020. We thank all respondents for their input.

What we heard

Read details of the ward review including survey reponses in the Electoral Ward Review – What We Heard Report.

Based on the input received, the board has created a fourth option:

In option 4, wards have been created using existing municipal and council divisions. This will create a better representation by population between municipal and student numbers, while taking into account that some areas are more sparsely populated. Since school board elections are held in conjunction with municipal elections, this structure will also create a simplified experience for both voters and trustee candidates by clearly defining electoral lines. 

Electoral Wards - Option 4

Electoral WardMunicipal Divisions located in wardSchools
located in
Student Population
Pembina Hills East - Ward 1Westlock County
- Div 1, 2, 4, 5
Village of Clyde
Eleanor Hall
Pembina Hills East - Ward 2Westlock County
- Div 3, 6, 7
MD of Lesser Slave River*
Pembina North Community,
Colony Schools
Town of WestlockTown of WestlockR.F. Staples,
Westlock Outreach,
Westlock Elementary
Pembina Hills West - Ward 1County of Barrhead
- Div 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Neerlandia Public Christian,
Pembina Hills West - Ward 2County of Barrhead
- Div 6
Woodlands County
- Div 5*, 6, 7
Town of Swan Hills
Big Lakes County*
Fort Assiniboine,
Swan Hills
Town of BarrheadTown of Barrhead Barrhead Composite,
Barrhead Outreach,
Barrhead Elementary

* Indicates only the portion that is within Pembina Hills School Division

Although specific schools are located within each ward, it’s important to note that trustees do not represent any one school or community. They make decisions based on the entire needs of the division. Responsibilities at school sites, and board representatives for ADLC and VVS can still be assigned at the board table as student populations fluctuate.

Attend a meeting

Trustees will be attending school council meetings in March and April to seek input on this new option. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the following meetings:

  • Neerlandia Public Christian School – March 9th at 7:30 pm
  • Dunstable School – March 12th at 6:30 pm
  • Busby School – March 16th at 4:00 pm
  • École Barrhead Elementary School – March 18th at 7:00 pm
  • Swan Hills School – March 18th at 7:00 pm
  • École Westlock Elementary School – March 19th at 6:30 pm
  • R. F. Staples Secondary School – March 31st at 7:00 pm
  • Fort Assiniboine School – April 1st at 7:00 pm
  • Barrhead Composite High School – April 6th at 6:30 pm

If your local school council is not holding a meeting within this timeframe, please feel free to contact your trustee directly.

If you have questions about the ward review, you may contact Board Chair Jennifer Tuininga at 780-284-0971 or Jennifer.Tuininga@pembinahills.ca.