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Wayne Ritcher

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Wayne Ritcher

Candidate in the 2014 River East - Transcona - 3 School Ward race.

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Why did you decide to run in the 2014 School Board Election?

I feel that I have not finished the task I set for myself, namely to ensure a superior educational system for our future citizens. I firmly believe that education is the relentless pursuit of excellence and “not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W.B. Yeats

What experience will you bring to compliment your role as School Trustee?

My experience includes my previous 15 years as a Trustee, as well as 3 terms as Chairman of the Board. I also hold a Certificate in Public Sector Management from the University of Manitoba, in addition to my studies at the Faculty of Architecture. As a previous small retail business owner for 18 years and a retired provincial civil servant, Administration & Finance, also 18 years, I am familiar with the workings of large organizations. I have also sat on numerous City, Provincial and University Boards with mandates of policy, governance and budgetary concerns.

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?

I feel that it is long past time for a serious discussion on the future of education in this province. I mean a frank open discussion at the highest levels, with the actual stakeholders, with the purpose of creating a plan and a direction for next five years. Not some blather or bafflegab about “the future” but a concrete set of proposals and at the end, and most importantly, an evaluation on whether we achieved them.
Every aspect should be on the agenda: funding, taxation, structure, staffing, governance, assessment, achievement, politics and more. Frankly, I’m tired of the earnest cliché “children are our future” without someone actually putting forward a plan to ensure that they, and us, have a future. I believe we need a concentrated effort to improve our graduation rates. Why after 12 years in the system are students failing to understand what they have been taught? I believe we must examine our Pass/Fail policies to ensure that students have the knowledge and confidence to advance to the next grade. We do them no favour by passing them simply because it’s time.
I believe we need a unified effort to root out drugs and pushers in our schools.

What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the school ward or school division you wish to represent?

The diversity and composition of the ward, it’s almost a microcosm of the city itself. Within this mosaic of culture, language, religion, socio-economic factors and diverse opinions, I am gratified by the willingness of many people to work and share together. Big hearts willing to take on big jobs.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I am an independent candidate and will not bring a personal agenda to board business. I am not indebted to private organizations seeking favours, or special interest groups within the education system. I do not represent a political party, nor have I accepted donations, assistance, information, labour or influence from a political party. I do not pretend to be an independent. I am an independent, and accountable to the electorate as a whole.


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News that Mentions Wayne Ritcher

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Back to the school board polling booths

Friday, 23 October 2015

Then there's the byelection which River East-Transcona is going to schedule to replace Wayne Ritcher, a five-term trustee whom the board dismissed after learning — not from Ritcher — that he had moved to a new principal residence in Winnipeg School ...

River East Transcona school board removes trustee for not living in division

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Headley lost bids for a seat on the River East Transcona school board in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, when he finished only 152 votes behind Wayne Ritcher, who won his fifth term on the board. Campaign sign to re-elect Wayne Ritcher along Raleigh Street ...

Politics 204 for October 15

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Dan Lett talks about the target on the back of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Rare step: River East Transcona trustees have taken the rare step of turfing five-term trustee Wayne Ritcher and declaring his seat vacant after determining that he no longer ...

Veteran trustee removed from school board

Thursday, 15 October 2015

River East Transcona school trustees have ordered the seat of veteran Ward 3 school board member Wayne Ritcher vacated after learning the five-term trustee no longer lives in the division. "Mr. Ritcher did not self-declare or resign -- the board passed ...

Trustees elected in RETSD, WSD

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

In addition to voting for mayor and city council, voters in northeast Winnipeg also elected school trustees on Oct. 22. Below is a list of winners, according to unofficial final results, throughout the River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) and ...

Headley, Sparkes run for RETSD seats

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Herald was able to reach the final two candidates last week: Ward 3's Roland Headley, who is up against incumbents Eva Prysizney and Wayne Ritcher for two seats, and Ward 5's Doug Sparkes, who fills out a slate of fresh faces with Della Hall ...

Headley, Sparkes run for RETSD seats

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Herald was able to reach the final two candidates last week: Ward 3's Roland Headley, who is up against incumbents Eva Prysizney and Wayne Ritcher for two seats, and Ward 5's Doug Sparkes, who fills out a slate of fresh faces with Della Hall ...

River East's resolutions on daycare nixed

Saturday, 16 March 2013

"I'd like to see some empirical evidence" an NDP election promise will work, said River East trustee Wayne Ritcher. "If it's not going to work, why are we doing it?" The NDP has mandated 90 per cent of kindergarten to Grade 3 classes must be 20 ...

Voters send aboriginal school trustees packing

Friday, 29 October 2010

School Trustees · River East Transcona: Ward 4. Oct 20th 10:18 AM 0. WARD 4 (2 to be elected). Wayne Ritcher. 1. Are you an incumbent trustee? Have you served or run at other political levels? Are you running for a political party, and if so, which one ...

Incumbent school trustees fall all over town

Thursday, 28 October 2010

River East-Transcona saw two incumbents run for city council, their seats now filled by candidates on political comebacks. Onetime city councillor Shirley Timm-Rudolph won a seat, and former board chairman Wayne Ritcher avenged his loss in 2006 by ...

Reelect a candidate who doesn't hold office?

Friday, 15 October 2010

How do you re-elect someone who isn't an incumbent? Apparently, it's enough if the candidate has ever held office in the past. School board candidates Wayne Ritcher and Scott Johnston are both using 're-elect' signs, even though neither currently holds ...

Pay attention, class

Saturday, 25 September 2010

School Trustees · River East Transcona: Ward 4. Oct 20th 10:18 AM 0. WARD 4 (2 to be elected). Wayne Ritcher. 1. Are you an incumbent trustee? Have you served or run at other political levels? Are you running for a political party, and if so, which one ...

School board contests shrink

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

An exception is former River East Transcona board chair Wayne Ritcher, ousted in 2006, and back for another try. Two previously-retired trustees and former school board chairs are trying to make a comeback, Scott Johnston in St. James-Assiniboia and ...


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