St. Joseph's School | Smithers BC

About Us

Philosophy and Objectives of Our School

St. Joseph’s School is committed to an educational program, which strives to provide academic excellence and to foster the total formation of the person.

We aim to integrate the different aspects of knowledge in the light of the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught and lived in the Roman Catholic Church.

We work to build an awareness of self within the community. We encourage and develop the growth of each person as a Christian.


St. Joseph’s School has had a long, interesting history. The building of the school began in 1958 on two lots on First Avenue. When the school first opened, there were about 200 students, many from Moricetown.

The school building  remained unchanged until 1966 when there was the addition of two new classrooms and the hallway leading to the French room which housed showers, a nurse’s station, a classroom, and two washrooms. Read more.


As a staff, we are dedicated and committed to working with you to provide the best educational opportunities possible. It is our belief that each student is entitled to an environment and experiences that foster an education founded in Christ.

Our Staff

Principal: Hayden Drygas
Preschool: Jill McDonald (educator) / Danielle Skerik (assistant)
Kindergarten: Cara Polanin / Thomas Watkins (Fridays)
Grade 1: Shannon Wellington 
Grade 2: Jennifer Mitchell
Grade 3: Erin Brienesse
Grade 4: Karen Kuemper
Grade 5: Liz Creyke (mornings) / Nicole Twigge (afternoons)
Grade 6: Lexie Wilson
Grade 7: Madison Lundberg
Learning support: Tanya Davidson
French: Thomas Watkins
Music: Colin Maskell
Library and bookkeeping: Christine Tessier
Educational assistants: Barb Bawlf, Joanna Boot, Margaret Buenten, Cathy Doyle, Nancy Verbeek, Shanualea Vliegenthart, and Kellie Williams
School Admin Assistant:  Terry Widen / Arlene McGibbon
Lunch Hour Supervisor: Claudia Busatto 
After School Program: Claudia Busatto (coordinator)
Maintenance: Michel Bernier
Disinfection: Katheryn Svab
School Council
School Council Members: 2020/2021 
Chairperson: AnnMarie MacIsaac
Secretary: tba
Treasurer:  Donna Schibli
Director:  Linda Rosner
PSG Liasion: AnnMarie MacIsaac
Admission and Policy: tba
Pastor: Fr Jack Michalchuk
Parent Support Group

Every parent is a member of the PSG. The PSG is active in the school, running a weekly hot lunch program and spearheading initiatives such as playground improvement and purchases of classroom resources. Interested?

This year’s PSG executive:
Chairperson:  Julie Chaplin
Vice Chairperson: tba
Secretary: Monica Howard
Treasurer: Seonaid Davis
Hot Lunch Coordinator:  Angie Souter

St. Joseph's Church

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Diocese of Prince George

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St. Joseph’s School has had a long, interesting history.

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