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Brandon School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mathew Gustafson as Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, effective October 12, 2021.

Mathew Gustafson has been employed by the Brandon School Division since 2002.  During this time, he has worked as Principal of Betty Gibson School, Vincent Massey High School, and Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.   He served as Assistant Superintendent for five-and-a-half years and was appointed Acting Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer in January 2021.

Mr. Gustafson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Bachelor of Education After Degree, and a Master of Education Degree from  Brandon University.  Mr. Gustafson graduated from Deloraine Collegiate and obtained his Farm Machinery Diploma and Heavy-Duty Apprenticeship before entering the field of Education.

He brings to this position considerable educational experience with a strong dedication and commitment to children and young people and the advancement of quality public education for all students.


On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration, we extend very best wishes to Mr. Gustafson in his exciting new leadership role in Brandon School Division. 




Brandon School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the extended appointment of Mr. Jon Zilkey as Assistant Superintendent – Curriculum & Continuous Improvement.

Mr. Zilkey came to Brandon School Division with five years of experience as a Senior Administrator, including as Superintendent/CEO and Assistant Superintendent.  Mr. Zilkey has 25 years of experience in K-12 education, with 8 years of work in administration.

During his career with Swan Valley School Division, Mr. Zilkey developed strong relationships with students, parents, the Board, principals, and all levels of staff.  He has worked in partnership with Indigenous Education Authorities and communities in his region.  Having led a school division during the COVID-19 pandemic, he has demonstrated his ability to effectively provide leadership and adapt to changing government requirements while ensuring students and staff feel supported.

Mr. Zilkey’s education includes: Master’s in Educational Administration; Bachelor of Education after Degree; Bachelor of Physical Education; and Bachelor of Science.  





Brandon School Division Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the extended appointment of Ms. Susan Gilleshammer as Assistant Superintendent – Student Achievement Support Services.

Susan Gilleshammer continues her career at Brandon School Division, building on six years of administration experience, including her most recent position of Principal of École secondaire Neelin High School.  Prior to her leadership role at Neelin, she was Vice Principal of the Off Campus program, and was appointed Acting Principal once it was recognized as a stand-alone school and renamed Prairie Hope High School.

Prior to Ms. Gilleshammer’s leadership roles in the Division, she spent 11 years at Vincent Massey High School.   The first five of those years were spent teaching in the English department, followed by six years as Guidance Counsellor.

Ms. Gilleshammer has a strong background in Student Services and also has experience with English as an Additional Language programming.  She has demonstrated leadership on a number of important initiatives, including the consolidation of the Off Campus, At-Risk Youth, and Upper Deck programs into Prairie Hope High School.

Ms. Gilleshammer’s education includes: Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counselling; Bachelor of Education; and Bachelor of Arts.


On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration, we extend very best wishes to Mr. Zilkey and Ms. Gilleshammer in their continued leadership roles in Brandon School Division.



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