Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 1 School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2014 School Board Election?
I decided to run for three primary reasons. First, I have the educational background to do the job well, holding a PhD in education (music) and an MBA. Second, I have two decades of experience as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in the education sector, and am well versed in the joys and challenges of public education. Third, my active lifestyle and flexible consulting schedule leave me with the time and energy to dedicate myself to the position of Trustee. It's one thing to get elected, and another to do the job well.
One final factor, shared by many parents and friends, motivated me to run: I want to ensure that the Winnipeg School Division is led by people who are passionate about education. I have no political ambitions, and this isn't a stepping stone for me. Education is my passion.
What experience will you bring to compliment your role as School Trustee?
My experience includes 20 years of teaching and research, working with students of all ages (8-80+) and supervising 21 new teachers. I am a consultant, who helps individuals and institutions in the cultural sector understand the business skills needed for success. In this role, I present workshops, publish research materials, and write curricula, often for colleges and universities. I served as Treasurer, Board of Directors at On The Move [child care centre] from 2010-2012, and attended workshops such as the MB Government's training on Enhancing Board Governance (2012). I cherish the experience I had sharing the first three years of my son's life as a stay-at-home father.
What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as School Trustee, and why are these issues important to you?
Winnipeg's schools are doing a good job now, and I don't believe that radical change is needed. My first priority is nutrition and healthy living for all members of the school community. It's hard to nurture a healthy mind in a troubled body. Second, schools need to ensure that classes provide engaging experiences for all students, regardless of background, social status, or other factors. The Winnipeg School Division needs to focus on this: inspired teachers are inspiring teachers. Third, we need to continue to work in finding a balance between short-term job training and more long-term ideals. Education should open minds as well as doors.
What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the school ward or school division you wish to represent?
Ward 1 is striking in its diversity. Some community members have deep roots in Winnipeg, while many others are soon to experience their first prairie winter (good luck!). We have people from a vast range of social and cultural backgrounds. It is this rich, worldly experience that makes our community such an exciting place for my family to live.
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