The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Mr. Manu Madhok has accepted the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools effective October 1, 2022. Manu will be assisting School District No. 50 while current Superintendent Mitch Stewart recovers from recent surgery.

The Board would like to formally recognize Ms. Joanne Yovanovich for leading the educational division as Acting Superintendent from March 1, 2022 to present date.

Manu is currently the Superintendent of Schools/CEO for School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) and had recently announced his retirement set to begin this September. In addition to Manu’s current responsibilities as CEO for School District No. 91, he also brings 30+ years of school-based experience as a Teacher, Principal, Director of Instruction, and Assistant Superintendent.

Dana Moraes, SD50 Board Chair, commented, “During these unprecedented times we are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Madhok’s experience for an interim period. Manu will be guiding the Board in completion of its renewed Strategic Plan and then helping to engage in fulsome consultation to update and make changes based on feedback. She noted the strategic plan will help guide the district for the next 4-5 years.”

Manu shared “Although the circumstances under which I am joining the Haida Gwaii School District are unfortunate, I am honoured to be able to assist the Board in finalizing and communicating a strategic vision for the communities served by SD50. I am also personally excited about visiting beautiful Haida Gwaii several times over the coming year and interacting with schools and communities to support student learning.”