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Candidate in the 2010 River East - Transcona - 1 (2010) School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
I am a parent to two children in the RETSD school system (in Westview School and Ecole Centrale). In the 2007-2008 school year my daughter's school, Westview, was slated to be closed by the school division due to declining enrolment. This united both affected parents like myself and neighbourhood residents to keep the school open. This kind of community action shows why we need a voice on the board that is interested in keeping our schools open as a vital link in the community.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I have several years of experience on volunteer boards as a 20-year member of Toastmasters; I have served on all positions of my club executive as well as area governor and in several district leadership roles. Trustees also must be excellent communicators with their constituents, something that my Toastmasters background has afforded me.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
As mentioned before, I want to be a champion to keeping our schools open as vibrant parts of our community, and maximize their roles as community hubs. I am also firmly against any "no fail" policy, and I'm for making sure that school division funding is not covered by homeowners on their property tax bill in any way, but instead funded as a core service from general provincial government revenue. Finally, I want to ensure that the public is always aware of what is going on at school board offices, and I intend to make residents informed through websites, social media, and printed newsletters.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
I would like to have the public to be made more aware of the important business that goes on at the school board offices, as mentioned above. I would also like to have teachers be fully utilized in their role that we have entrusted them with and make the best use of their time - for example have a rotating list of teachers who would be able to watch children at their lunch hour instead of the "corporations" set up by parents that charge a profit for this as in some schools in the ward.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
School should be a place of great achievement for our children, a place where they learn the necessary skills to become productive members of our society. My aim is to make schools a safe place to build our children's future, and to keep our schools as cornerstones of the communities that they are a part of.
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