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Candidate in the 2010 Pembina Trails - 2 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
I really enjoy this work and believe I have the knowledge and experience to continue to serve my community well. I am excited to continue shaping the Divisions direction through policy and governance. We are in the midst of an exciting leadership initiative, Setting Clear Expectations for Student Learning. We have just completed a year of consultation with the community and employees. I would love to continue to contribute to the direction of this and other initiatives on behalf of the communities I serve and the entire Division.
My husband and I have three children, two of whom are in Pembina Trails schools while the oldest has graduated and is now at the University of Manitoba.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I have served the community for the past 12 years as a school trustee.
My experience includes:
- Chair (2003 to 2005) & Vice-Chair (2001 to 2003), Pembina Trails School Board
- Chair (2006 to 2007) & Vice-Chair (2005 to 2006), Winnipeg Technical College Governing Board
- Board Committee positions have included: Education, Public Relations, Human Resources & Policy, Buildings, Property & Transportation, Finance, various Staff Contract Negotiation committees
- Provincial Trustee representative for various Manitoba School Boards Association committees
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and worked in Western Canada and Europe in various sales and marketing positions. I am currently employed at the U of M Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences as their Community Liaison Coordinator.
I have gained significant budgeting, planning, negotiation and teamwork skills through my professional and volunteer work over the past 25 years. I have served on numerous community and church boards, and have held a variety of positions in volunteer organizations. Most recently, I served on the board of the Linden Woods Community Club and in 2008 was the Director of the School Program for the Tim Hortons Brier, with over 6000 students participating.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
Education funding will continue to be an issue as schools are responsible for much more than basic education. Appropriate funding needs to follow this increased mandate for public education. We need to ensure that we are able to continue to offer a high quality education so all children can reach their potential.
Effective use of your tax dollars through multi-year budget planning based on realistic projections.
There is an increase in students in the division where English or French is not their first language and supports need to be provided to help these students be successful. The Division has supports in place but the ever-changing demographics means this needs to be closely monitored.
There is a changing culture in society with respect to quick access to information and social networking. That offers us both challenges and opportunities to engage students in the classroom with technology.
The Board needs to continue to work on communicating with our community in a meaningful way in order to try and engage them in public education conversations. This includes parent councils and employees but also the large majority of taxpayers that have no children in the education system.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
As I mentioned above, I would like to see us continue to work on communicating effectively with all members of our community and having them more engaged in the public education conversation. Support of public education is critical for the future of our communities. After speaking to so many residents during this campaign, I know that there are many people interested in this conversation and have great ideas on how to engage our communities more.
One other area I would like to see expanded across the Division is our early literacy program. Recent data has shown that children are coming to school not prepared for kindergarten. Programs like Literacy Links and Kindergarten Here We Come exists at certain schools in the Division but it would be wonderful if eventually all pre-school children had the opportunity to participate in these programs.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
It has been my pleasure and honor to serve the children of this school division. If I were fortunate enough to be re-elected, I would gladly continue to serve to the best of my ability for a final four years
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