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Declaration of Candidates – Trustee By-Election

Declaration of Candidates

November 3, 2023 


I, Robert Harper, Chief Election Officer for School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast), do hereby declare, pursuant to section 97 of the Local Government Act, the following persons as candidates in the 2023 School Trustee By-Election: 


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

 MCCLELLAND, Tracey Lynn – Sechelt, BC 

O’KEEFFE, Jay Dean – Madeira Park, BC 


Given under my hand at Nanaimo, British Columbia, this 3rd day of November 2023. 

– Robert Harper, Chief Election Officer


For further information on 2023 School Trustee By-Election, please contact: 

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

Nicholas Weswick, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604-886-4485 

Voter Eligibility

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.

Trustee Electoral Areas & Chief Election Officer

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 Forms

Public notice of the nomination period is available here

Nomination documents will be available at the School Board Office during regular office hours, from October 24, 2023 to the close of the nomination period, on November 3, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.:

  • School District No. 46 Board Office – 494 South Fletcher Road, Gibsons, BC

Nomination Papers are considered a public record as soon as they are filed with the Chief Election Officer. The documents will be available at the School Board Office for viewing during normal business hours.  Individuals who have filed nomination papers will be listed here. 

Trustee Electoral Area 1 (Upper)

MCCLELLAND, Tracey Lynn – Sechelt, BC 

O’KEEFFE, Jay Dean – Madeira Park, BC

Key Dates
  • 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.

Notices and Statutory Declarations

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

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