John J. Keryluk was born and raised in the mixed-farming region at Meleb in the Interlake, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
John is the product of a one-room rural school, which he attended in grades one to eight, completing grades nine and ten by provincial correspondence courses. He graduated from grade twelve at the Teulon Collegiate Institute and took his teacher training in Tuxedo, Manitoba. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor in Library Science at U.B.C.
John retired after twenty-three years as a teacher-librarian at Terry Fox Secondary and George Pearkes Junior High Schools. His initial 16 years were spent in elementary and high schools in Manitoba for a total of thirty-nine years.
John served twenty-five years as a City Councillor in Port Coquitlam. Mr. Keryluk was elected as a school trustee in 2000 and was re-elected for a third term in 2005.
Judy Shirra was first elected to the Board of School Trustees in 1993-1996, re-elected in 1999-2002 and again in 2008 and 2011.
Mrs.Shirra became involved with public education in 1988 during the roundtable discussion "For Our Children" initiative. Having been actively involved in her children's pre-kindergarten education, it was a natural progression to become involved with. the Parent Teachers Association (PTA now known as PAC) at Glen Elementary school. Judy soon became PAC Chair, an active member of DPAC, the Canadian Parents for French and the The Blcok Parent Association.
As a trustee, Mrs.Shirra has served as Board Vice Chair in the past. She has been the Board's representative on the former Simon Fraser Health Board, the French Liaison Committee, the Policy Review Committee, the Student Service Review Committee, BCPSEA, the Community Health Board and has chaired the Metro Branch Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Shirra has volunteered as a school mentor with big Brothers and as a testimonial speaker for the United Way campaign. She has supported her community as a member of the Tri-City Soroptimists, Port Coquitlam Rotary, treasurer of the Fraser North Society, member of Community Solutions, Chair of CISV International Peace Camp and founder of the "Noon Hour Games" program that she promoted nationally.
Judy has spent many of her community volunteer hours working for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Tri-Cities Relay for Life.
Judy says she is committed to education and is an advocate for the children and parents of our community.