The North Shore News received word on Wednesday May 6 that former Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board chairman Steve Bletas died suddenly at his home. On May 7, the Société de transport de Laval, where Bletas sat as a member of the board of directors, issued a statement stating their condolences.
Mr. Steve Bletas was the very first Chairperson of the SWLSB, from 1998 to 2012. During his
14-year tenure, he was instrumental in negotiating land grants and other agreements with
municipal and provincial authorities, securing funding for new schools in Rawdon,
Blainville and Repentigny and obtaining renovation grants for schools in Chomedey
(John F. Kennedy Elementary) and Duvernay (Jules Verne Elementary). He was also a
founding member of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Foundation, created in 2004.
In addition, Mr. Bletas was part of the Executive Committee of the Québec English School
Boards Association and, over the years, a member of many different local and provincial
The Council of Commissioners extended its sincerest condolences to his family, in
particular to his children, Eva and Michael. “We are deeply saddened by this loss. Steve
was a visionary and a passionate and fearless leader. I have always had great respect
for him,” declared Paolo Galati, SWLSB Chairperson.