August 8, 2016. Education Minister David Eggen has appointed Lois Byers as the new official trustee for Northland School Division. Byers began her position July 13. In a statement, Eggen said Byers will be leading community discussions in the fall with the goal of holding trustee elections in October 2017. Byers will remain as official trustee “for a period of time to assist with transition” after the election is held. NSD has been without an elected corporate board since 2010, when then-education minister David Hancock fired the board and appointed Colin Kelly as official trustee. Eggen has set as a priority getting an elected board in place for NSD. Byers has held numerous positions, including president of the Alberta School Boards Association and co-chair of Region 5 Child and Family Services Board. She is from Vegreville.