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Statement Regarding FSD Counsellor

September 12, 2019

On August 30, the RCMP contacted Frontier School Division (FSD), to inform us that they have charged one of our employees Daniel Hughes with sexual assault. When the RCMP informed us of the charges, we immediately suspended this individual and are working with the RCMP. 

The charges were made recently and stem from a period BEFORE he worked with Frontier School Division and are not in any way related to his time here or with any previous position. This individual has worked for FSD for three years and was one of 26 dormitory counsellors. 

Though we have received no complaints regarding the conduct of this individual, we will be conducting our own inquiries with staff and students. Please be assured that he was subject to all criminal background checks including the Child Abuse Registry, criminal record check, and references before he was hired. 

Dorm counsellors are part of a team responsible for the supervision and care of our students both on and off campus while they attend Frontier Collegiate. 

I must reiterate that these charges are NOT related to the individual’s time with Frontier School Division and out of an abundance of caution we will work with experts to ensure that the exceptional professionalism and learning environment we provide has not been impacted in any way. 

The protection and education of our students are the top priorities of any school division; Frontier is no different. The principles that guide all of our decisions are to deliver outstanding education in a safe and creative learning environment that you have come to expect from our Division. 

Please be assured that as soon as we have more information to share with you we will do so immediately. In the meantime, if you have questions we encourage you to reach out to me, our Area Superintendents or members of our board. ​


Reg Klassen
Chief Superintendent
Frontier School Division 

(204) 775-9741
frontier@fsdnet.ca ​


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Questions & Answers

Q:
How do we know our children are safe when they stay with you? 

A:
The protection and education of our students are the top priorities of any school division; Frontier is no different. The principles that guide all of our decisions are to deliver exceptional education in a safe and creative learning environment. 

We have never received any complaints against this individual. 

Q:
What are you doing to ensure none of the children that were students during his time as counsellor weren’t impacted? 

A:
We have never received a complaint regarding this individual and he has had two performance reviews which didn’t indicate any problems. We view this as an isolated incident but nevertheless we are conducting our own inquiries. 

Please be assured that all criminal background checks and screening procedures were followed when we hired the individual. 

Q:
Was he the only dormitory counsellor at the time or are they others? How many kids are in residence and from where? 

A:
There is an entire staff during shifts so there is never a singular counsellor on at one time. We have 238 students aged 15 to 18 in residence with 26 counsellors. 

Q:
What was his job previously and was he qualified for this position? 

A:
He started on the casual list for a counsellor in September 2016, he was later hired as a permanent counsellor in January 2018. He had proved himself, there were never any complaints and he was well-liked by our students. Again, we performed all criminal background checks and screening procedures were followed when we hired the individual. 

Q:
Has he been fired? 

A:
When the RCMP informed us of the charges we immediately suspended the individual without pay and worked with the RCMP. Currently these are still charges and until the court case has been completed we have to adhere to due process. However, pleased be assured that this individual is suspended, and it not allowed back in any capacity with Frontier School Division. ​