Rocky Mountain School District No. 6



Amber Byklum

  • Amber lives in Canal Flats with her family. Before joining the Board of Education, Amber was involved in the local school Parent Advisory Council which began her journey with the District.  She was first elected in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018.  Amber has been the Chairperson of Board of Education for almost eight years.

    As a Trustee, she enjoys hearing the opinions of her fellow Board members and seeks collaborative decision making that enables our district to provide options, equity, and success for each learner.

    “Educating our youngest citizens is the most valuable job we are given as Board members, as parents, educators, and community members”.

  • Phone: 2503495622

Ryan Stimming

  • Years as Trustee: 2.5 years


    I moved to Invermere in 2002 to persue a career in the ski industry. I have been working at Panorama Mountain Resort since then and am currently the Risk and Safety Programs Manager.


    I am married with two children aged 9 and 11. We all enjoy snowboarding, camping, fishing and mountain biking together.


    The aspects of education that are most important to me are:

    1. Transparent communication between the board of education, faculty and parents.
    2. Curriculum compliance. The curriculum is set by the Ministry of Education and is the cornerstone of the provincial education plan.
    3. Access to Resources. Students and teachers have the best opportunity to succeed when they are equipped with the right resources and support.
  • Phone: 2503417080

Jane Thurgood Sagal

  • Years as a Trustee: 3

    I have been a full-time resident of Radium Hot Springs since 2012 and have served as Chair of the Radium Library Board and am currently a member of the Radium Rotary. Prior to my retirement, I worked as a teacher, principal, and curriculum leader in SK for 34 years. As a Trustee, I believe that Boards of Education make a difference when we have a clear vision focused on student achievement, and align resources and actions to achieve strategic goals related to high expectations for students, staff development, and community involvement. As a mother and a grandmother, I understand the importance of an excellent education system and the impact on future generations.

  • Phone: 2503476887


Jane Fearing

Vice Chairperson
  • I am privileged to live and work as a Trustee in SD6, the ancestral lands of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc people and where many Metis call home. I love the Columbia Valley and spend much of my time outdoors - skiing, hiking and kayaking.

    Children are the future. Our vision, mission and decisions are vitally important. I take my role as a Trustee very seriously, recognizing and welcoming the diversity of each child, wishing to ensure inclusivity and respect for all.

  • Phone: 2509398057

Scott King

  • My spouse Connie and I moved to Golden in 1996 and together we raised two children; Alexandra and Emily. I work at Louisiana-Pacific in the role of Silviculture Forester. My passions as a Trustee are Indigenous Education, SOGI, outdoor education, student success, mental health and adequate funding.   

  • Phone: 2503440352

Rhonda Smith

  • Years as a Trustee: 33 years


    Professional Background: B.A. (with distinction), Faculty of Human and Social Development, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, BC, 2001

    Retired Golden Infant Development Program Consultant – 29.5 years

    Community Volunteer: Over the years, I have served as the Chair of the following: Golden Family Centre; Golden Healthy Community Committee; Golden Food Bank; CSRD Community Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. I am presently the Secretary for the Special Olympics BC-Golden Local Committee and the Columbia Valley Learning Centre Society

    Personal: Grandmother and Great Grandmother of 4 students attending Golden Zone Schools

    What is important to me as a Trustee: I live by the Code of Ethics for School Trustees, including: “I will do my best to protect, conserve, and advance public education, giving the students of Rocky Mountain School District educational facilities and services that are as complete as it is possible to provide”.

    At this time, I am particularly interested in the Ministry of Education’s mandate to encompass child care and early learning – resulting in governance over Birth to 19 years of age. 

  • Phone: 2503482351


Betty-Lou Barrett

  • Trustee Barrett is a third-generation trustee and a rancher.   She was one of the first women that worked in a sawmill, in the mechanic industry, and underground mining.

    She has advocated for woman's rights for many years.   

    Trustee Barrett believes that education fuels discussions based on facts because education provides us the tools to read, understand, and know where to find information.  She also believes that this allows everyone to make crucial decisions for ourselves and others.

  • Phone: 2504274509

Ron McRae

  • I am born and raised in Kimberley although away from the community for university, work, travel and career development for approximately 20 years. I returned to Kimberley in 1981 after teaching high school in Grand Forks for 5 years. Upon my return to Kimberley I embarked on a 28 year with College of the Rockies beginning with instructing in the classroom and finishing in Senior Management as Dean of Instruction. I have always been very involved in my community whether it was serving as a member of Kimberley City Council including two terms as Mayor or volunteering for numerous nonprofit organizations and societies to supporting local sports organizations by way volunteering to help organize high level sporting events. I am committed to seeing the students and staff in our district be the very best they can be and to support parents, guardians and caregivers of our children with open, honest and transparent communication. Inclusiveness is a cornerstone of everything we do in the district. As a Board member I am committed to ensuring that inclusiveness remains central to all of our decision making.

  • Phone: 2504277079

Sandra Smaill

Vice Chairperson
  • Years as a Trustee: 33 years

    Retired lawyer - I have always been interested in public education. I am very interested in making education as inclusive as possible.

  • Phone: 12506029011