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FMPSD to Host Community Farewell for Superintendent Doug Nicholls - January 16

FMPSD to Host Community Farewell for Superintendent Doug Nicholls - January 16

Some major milestones, and after six-and-a-half years with the Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD), Superintendent Doug Nicholls is retiring on January 31, 2020. You are invited to a community farewell at École McTavish High School on  this Thursday, January 16 at 6 p.m. A brief program will start at 7 p.m.

Doug has been in the K-12 education world for over 40 years with experience in both rural and urban centres. The last 20 years of his career have been in the superintendent role spanning Saskatchewan to Prairie Rose in southern Alberta. During Doug’s years with the Division, FMPSD saw an enrollment increase of 19 per cent, staff productivity and morale remained high. In addition, programs such as Leader in Me expanded in several elementary schools, PACE (Program for Academic Challenge and Enrichment) Academy was launched, grade configuration of 7-12 in high schools happened, and stronger partnerships with community groups and social profits came about. 



Photo Clockwise: Doug with CFO Allan Kallal and the late Dave McNeilly at the dedication ceremony of Dave McNeilly Public School in 2014; with his wife Roberta; at the annual Employee Recognition event this year with Chief Deputy Superintendent Phil Meagher and Board Chair Linda Mywaart; fangirl moment with a Dr. Clark Public School student this November; with Shannon Noble, Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Education; and Doug went above and beyond for Division Office's United Way campaign Jail 'n Bail event - raising $1500 surpassing our goal of $1000. The outfit was his idea


Phil Meagher, Chief Deputy Superintendent, and Acting Superintendent following Doug’s departure encourages everyone to attend. 

“Doug is expected to let his hair down for this event and show us his softer, kind-to-the-pigeons side,” says Meagher.

“Doug has established many relationships/partnerships with the community so it is only fitting to have a send off for him of this kind. There should be a lot of good-hearted ribbing (Doug loves ribs) from his colleagues as well as special tributes to Doug by Frankie MacDonald and Rick Mercer, the Queen may also make a toast! Please come out and get to know the real Doug Nicholls,” encourages Meagher.

Don't miss this event.