CHILLIWACK—Despite the presence of unethical robocalls to unlisted phone numbers originating from her campaign, Dr. Carin Bondar was sworn in as a trustee during a special meeting of the Chilliwack School District Board of Trustees Tuesday, February 23.


Bondar, who gained national and international notoriety for her polarizing videos depicting her licking a microscope and swinging scantily clad from a wrecking ball, recited the trustee oath of office as part of her swearing-in on the Zoom platform.


Bondar recited the following during the 3-minute special meeting:  “I, Carin Bondar, do solemnly affirm that I am qualified to hold office as a trustee in School District No. 33 (Chilliwack) and meet the trustee qualification requirements set out in the School Act. I have not, by myself or any other person, knowingly contravened the School Act respecting vote buying, intimidation, or other election offences in relation to my election as a trustee. I will abide by the School Act and I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and will not allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters. I will comply with the requirements of the School Act that relate to conflict of interest and, in particular, I will comply with the requirements relating to disclosure of pecuniary and indirect pecuniary interest in a matter.”


Following the affirmation by Bondar, Board chair Willow Reichelt could not contain her unabashed enthusiasm and welcomed her fellow progressive: “Excellent, if we could just see everyone’s faces again, awesome. All right, well, thank you very much, Trustee Bondar. Welcome to the board. We’re excited to have you on board and we’re looking forward to working with you. With our business completed, we’ll adjourn this meeting.”


Bondar received 5,455 votes (50.9%) as the top vote getter in the Chilliwack School Board trustee by-election on February 13, defeating community philanthropist and long-time Chilliwack business owner Richard Procee, who garnered 4,786 votes (44.6% of the total vote). 


Trustee Bondar made no other comments during the 3-minute special meeting.