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Declaration of Official Results – School Trustee By-Election


By-Election December 9, 2023


I, Robert Harper, Chief Election Officer, do hereby declare elected, Tracey Lynn McClelland, who received the highest number of valid votes for the office of School Trustee, Trustee Electoral Area 1 (Upper).

View the signed Declaration of Official Results  here. 

For additional information, contact: 

Robert Harper, Chief Election Officer at 250-802-1953 

Nicholas Weswick, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604-886-4484 


To be eligible to vote in a school trustee election, a person must qualify either as a resident elector or a non-resident property elector, and must be registered or deemed to be registered as an elector of the trustee electoral area [School Act, section 39 (1)(a) and (c)]. In addition, the person must not be any of the following:

  • disqualified under the School Act, or other enactment or law, from voting in the election;
  • completing a sentence for an indictable offence, unless the person is released on probation or parole and is not in custody;
  • involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution as a result of being acquitted of, or found not criminally responsible for, an offence under the Criminal Code on account of mental disorder;
  • proven to have accepted an inducement to vote.

[School Act, section 39 (1)(b) and (2)]

In addition, a person who has filed a declaration with the francophone education authority that he or she has not and will not vote in an election of school trustees is disqualified from voting at a trustee election to which the declaration applies [School Act, section 39 (2.1)].

A person is not permitted to vote more than once in a trustee election for any one school district [School Act, section 39 (4)]. Further, no corporation or its representative may be registered as an elector, and no corporation may vote [School Act, section 39 (3)].

View the Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in B.C. for additional information.

Candidates for the office of School Trustee – Trustee Electoral Area 1 (Upper): 

 MCCLELLAND, Tracey Lynn – Sechelt, BC 

O’KEEFFE, Jay Dean – Madeira Park, BC 

View the Determination of Official Election Results posted on December 11, 2023.

A by-election has been called for TEA 1 (Upper). The school district Trustee Electoral Areas are described below.

Trustee Electoral Area


# of trustees

TEA 1 (Upper)

Sunshine Coast Regional District Electoral Areas A and B and Sechelt Indian Band Lands 6, 6A, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19A, 20, 20A, 21, 21A, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 27.


TEA 2 (Central)

District of Sechelt and Sechelt Indian Band Lands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 28.


TEA 3 (Lower)

Town of Gibsons and Sunshine Coast Regional District Electoral Areas D, E and F.


If you would like more information on the school district’s Trustee Electoral Areas, please contact Robert Harper (Chief Election Officer) at 250-802-1953 or Nicholas Weswick (Deputy Chief Election Officer) at 604-886-4485.

  • Nomination Period: October 24, 2023  at 9:00 am to November 3, 2023 at 4:00 pm
  • Deadline for Receiving Originals of Faxed or Emailed Nomination Documents: November 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm
  • Campaign Period: November 11, 2023 – December 9, 2023
  • By-Election Voting Day: December 9, 2023
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Filing Deadline: March 8, 2024
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500 Late Filing Fee: April 7, 2024

Click here to download a list of key dates for the 2023 School Trustee By-Election.

Links to the notices and statutory declarations will be updated on the dates listed below.

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