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Candidate in the 2011 Louis Riel - 2 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2011 school board election?
Taking on this challenge is something I have wanted to do for the past 10 years. I will never forget how frustrating and wrong it felt to have decisions made effecting my child’s education and school without having the right to be heard! I will always work towards respecting our community and providing them with a satisfying mechanism to be heard. I believe the business of educating our children is paramount. I want to ensure that education remains a priority for our government. The values that make young people gain confidence can start at home but are enhanced by good teachers and schools. The public school system offers our children their first opportunity to be a part of a community of learners, and to venture into the world away from home. As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure our children have the best environment for this learning to flourish.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I have a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg with a major in Developmental Psychology. For the past 3 years, I have been working as a casual Educational Assistant for LRSD. I have worked in many classrooms across the division and each time I come away with an even stronger desire to support the important work that takes place in our schools. Prior to this time, I worked for the University of Manitoba in in an academic administrative capacity. I worked in Audit Services, the office of the Ombudsman and the Research Data Centres. The governance and financial experience I have gained will serve me well in my responsibilities as a Trustee.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
I believe that community schools are a meeting place and a place where relationships are strengthened. It is this connection to others, and the sense of mutual responsibility that these connections bring, that will promote a healthy social conscience in our children. I am also firm in my belief that if we invest and focus on providing our children with solid literacy and numeracy tools in Kindergarten to grade 3, the remainder of their educational experience has a much greater chance of success. Financial accountability is also very important to me. People work very hard to support public education through their taxes, and I want to ensure them that I will make every effort to hold LRSD accountable for its spending.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
Trustees work for the people in their community. I will foster more consultation meetings regarding important policies or initiatives that affect all children. I will also have a website where parents can inform themselves about decisions and policies that may affect their children. We need to encourage the relationship between home and school. A strong trusting relationship between families, their schools and school division fosters a healthy learning environment for the children.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
Education is the best tool for breaking the cycle of poverty. Unfortunately, there is poverty in our community, and because of this, children suffer. I think we need to work together to address this, we need to listen to each other; and we need to listen to the world, because together we are stronger. We will need that collective strength to get serious about preparing future generations to become leaders themselves.
I promise I will work hard to be your voice. I will take on this responsibility with vision and collective wisdom.
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