Education Appeal Tribunal

  • About the Education Appeal Tribunal
  • Apply to be a member
  • Current Members
  • What is the tribunal process?

  1. About the Education Appeal Tribunal

    The Appeal Tribunal functions as a board independently of the government. It may hear appeals arising from departmental, school or school council decisions. This includes decisions such as those affecting special needs students, suspensions, student records and locally developed courses of study. The Appeal Tribunal hears appeals from parents and students who wish to go beyond the Department of Education to resolve a dispute. In determining the outcome of an appeal, the Appeal Tribunal considers the educational interests of the child, the impact on all other students and any other relevant factors.

    • Authority: Education Act, section 157
    • Type: adjudicative
    • Appointment process: ministerial
    • Requirements: the chair and members must swear an oath of non-disclosure in the prescribed form for information gained during an appeal
    • Term: 3 years
    • Meetings: as required
    • Department: Education 
    • Honoraria: OIC 1991/036

  2. Apply to be a member

    Any Yukon resident is eligible to apply to serve on a government board or committee.


    1. Complete the application.
    2. Prepare a brief resume. This should include information relevant for sitting on the board or committee.
    3. Submit your completed application and resume.
      In person: Inquiry Desk at 2071 Second Avenue in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address your envelope "Attention: Boards and Committees Secretariat (CM-1)"
      Government of Yukon
      Boards and Committees Secretariat (CM-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    How members are selected

    Members are appointed by a Minister, Cabinet or the Legislative Assembly.

    School board and school council members can be elected or, in some cases, appointed.

    Appointments to these boards are based on standing committee recommendations:

    • Yukon Development Corporation
    • Yukon Energy Corporation
    • Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board
    • Yukon Lottery Commission
    • Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee
    • Yukon Arts Advisory Council
    • Yukon Utilities Board
    • Yukon Council on the Economy and the Environment
    • Yukon Human Rights Commission

    Some boards and committees members are required to hold certain professional qualifications or affiliations.

  3. Current Members
    • Kimberley Hardacker, member from April 13, 2022 to April 12, 2025
    • Gwyneth Kovachik-McNeil, member from April 13, 2022 to April 12, 2025
    • Janet Van Bibber, member from April 13, 2022 to April 12, 2025 and chair from April 13, 2022 to April 28, 2024
    • Josefine Leideritz, member from April 13, 2022 to April 12, 2025

  4. What is the tribunal process?

    Once the tribunal receives an appeal the following steps will happen:

    • the appeal will be confirmed to be valid or invalid under the provisions of the Education Act 
    • provides a copy of the written appeal and a summary to all included parties, this includes the Department of Education within five days; 
    • provides the department an opportunity to respond in writing to the appeal within seven days; and 
    • determines a date and time for a pre-hearing conference. 

    During a pre-hearing conference, the tribunal will: 

    • confirm the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the appeal; and
    • determine if there is an opportunity for resolution before a formal hearing. This may include a mediator. 

    What if an agreement is not reached? 

    • if no agreement is reached, the matter will proceed to a formal hearing 
    • decisions made during a formal hearing of the Education Appeal Tribunal are binding and are filed in the Yukon supreme court 



For questions about the Education Appeal Tribunal email or phone 867-667-5900, or fax 867-393-3904.