Project Description

Bruce Buruma,
Bruce Buruma,President
Bringing experience as a classroom teacher, school and district administrator, Bruce Buruma has been Director of Community Relations with Red Deer Public Schools for 17 years. His role also includes serving as Corporate Secretary to the Board and Executive Director of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations Management from Royal Roads University and certification through the International Association for Public Participation. Areas of interest in education communication include the power of storytelling; strategy, advocacy and government relations; community relations and public engagement as well as education foundations.
Catherine Shedden
Catherine SheddenAPR, Past President
Catherine is the District Manager of Corporate Communications for Trillium Lakelands District School Board and is accredited in public relations (APR). She brings over 24 years experience in public relations management, communications, publishing, design for print and web, media relations, and event planning to her role. Catherine also manages the Director of Education’s office for the school board which includes parent engagement, character development, healthy schools, privacy and information management, and working with trustees as part of her portfolio. Catherine has been a member of CACE since 2003, was the Ontario regional co-liaison for 3 years, the CACE executive treasurer for two years, and CACE president from 2014 to 2017. Catherine co-chaired the Niagara Conference in 2012.
Dale Burgos,
Dale Burgos,First Vice-President
Dale is the Executive Director of Communications, Privacy and Community Engagement for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, a position he has held since 2014. Along with his time in a BC school district, Dale was the communications manager for Winnipeg School Division and Pembina Trails School Division. Along with education communications experience, Dale worked in the Mayor’s office for the City of Winnipeg and in non-profit with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association. He has been a member of CACE since 2009 and has also held the position of Regional Liaison for BC/Yukon.

Dale has received commendation for his communications work from a BC Premier and is happy to call Vancouver Island home with his wife and five kids. Yes, five.

Galen Eagle,
Galen Eagle,Second Vice-President
Galen Eagle is Communications Manager at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, a position he has held since 2015. Before his move to school public relations, Galen was the Communications Manager for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and prior to that he was a multi-media journalist for nearly 10 years. Galen has a law and journalism degree from Carleton University. In 2015, Galen was press secretary for federal candidate Maryam Monsef, who became the Member of Parliament for the Peterborough-Kawartha Riding after winning the October 2015 election. During the 2018 Ontario municipal election, Galen was the communications manager for the successful Campaign to Elect Diane Therrien as Mayor of Peterborough.

Since joining CACE in 2015, Galen has been co-Liaison for Ontario and has earned seven Bravo Awards for excellence in school board communications. Galen lives with his wife and two children in Peterborough, Ontario.

Claude-Jean Harel,
Claude-Jean Harel,Treasurer and Francophone Representative
Claude-Jean Harel is Manager of Communications at Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises (CÉF) – Saskatchewan’s Francophone school division. A communications strategist and educator inspired by authenticity in marketing, “C-J” is a dedicated relationship builder; a business communicator with a knack for audience engagement. CJ is a team player who knows success is built on collaboration.
CJ started his communications career as a Radio-Canada/CBC journalist and producer whose work earned numerous national and international awards. He holds an M.A. degree in Archaeology and Heritage. His contribution to heritage education was recognized when he became the recipient of a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award. He served on numerous boards and heritage stewardship organizations. CJ is currently pursuing B.Ed studies at the University of Regina.”
Nikki Gilks,
Nikki Gilks,Secretary
Nikki has been the Communications/ Special Projects Manager for Grande Yellowhead Public School Division in Edson, Alberta, since 2007. A proud member of CACE, she has also expanded her portfolio to include certification in iap2 training to advance strategic public participation practices, and joined the CACE Executive in 2018.

A firm believer in the power of collaboration, Nikki is excited to be part of an association whose core values promotes teamwork and excellence, and whose national members often share their best practices and resources with each other. When asked about the value of being a CACE member, she often quotes Jim Stovall. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”

Ryan Strang,
Ryan Strang,APR, National Conference Chair
Ryan Strang is currently a communications officer with the Peel District School Board and more than five years of #schoolPR experience. He provided strategic counsel to senior administration and elected officials, and directly supports the board’s social media and marketing strategies.

Ryan has been a member of CACE since 2013 and was part of the CACE Conference committee in 2018.

Ryan received his Public Relations Certificate from Niagara College in 2013, and has an Honours Degree in Business Communications from Brock University.

Deneka Michaud,
Deneka Michaud,Director at Large
Deneka is Communications Manager at the North Vancouver School District. Prior to this role she spent five years as Manager of Communications at the Delta School District. Deneka originates from a journalist background, earning an honours degree in journalism from Carleton University and spending nearly a decade as a television and print reporter. Since joining the PR field, Deneka has obtained a graduate certificate in professional communication management and a master’s degree in communication, leadership and conflict management, both from Royal Roads University. Prior to joining the CACE-ACACE Board, Deneka was the BC/Yukon liaison. She is also the mentorship chair for the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society. When she is not working, Deneka plays soccer, attends Bar Method classes, hikes, and spends time with her two young daughters and husband.