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Candidate in the 2010 St. James - Assiniboia - King Edward - Deer Lodge School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
The idea was first introduced to me by a parent following a meeting with a school to negotiate his daughter’s return back to school while addressing her special needs. From there I began to explore the role and responsibilities of a trustee. I met with past and current school trustees, teachers, principals, superintendents, and students. I believe my years of advocating for children/adolescents and their families, and my lifelong dedication and passion to improving the lives of children and adolescents are the skills and experiences required to be a school trustee representing the community.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
The experience I offer to the role as a future school trustee is as follows:
- 25 years working with children and adolescents as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre.
- Professional and a compassionate understanding of child/adolescent development and impact these stages have on the family unit and schools.
- Extensive experience and knowledge of Board governance. I have been a local, provincial and national Board member on various health and public service Boards.
- An extensive history of being an effective labour negotiator.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
i. Safety and health of schools, students and staff – many of the schools in St. James-Assiniboia (SJSD) are greater than 25 years old if not older. Upgrades to electrical, heating, ventilation, washrooms, floor conditions, and roof conditions.
ii. To maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment. There needs to be ongoing education and awareness promoting a zero tolerance for violence & bullying.
iii. The declining enrolment within (SJSD). In the past 20 years 15 schools have been closed within SJSD. Our current student enrolment is 8500 students. In comparison to other school divisions in Winnipeg, SJSD has the lowest total enrolment. My concern is when a school is closed due to low enrolment – what happens to the students of that school? What is the impact on the community? Are there alternative uses for the school – such as adult learning centres, alternative learning / programing centres? What could happen to our division if the enrolment continues to decline? Could SJSD be amalgamated with another school division? I commit to be proactive, creative and strategize with the school board and the community in ways of increasing enrolment rates and to avoid a possible amalgamation of SJSD with another school division.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
i. Exploring the implementation of a partnership(s) with health care agencies – and not using education funds. Currently there are no primary health care education/ services within the school division. This could include but not be limited to occupational therapists, physical therapists, and nursing services. I have a successful history of negotiating these kinds of partnerships within the community.
ii. The development of a student advisory committee bringing youth from all middle school and high schools within the division so they, as “consumers”, can express their views/concerns to the trustees. This will allow for a more open and accessible Board and possibly encourage more youth participation in community politics.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
I believe that any School Division Board should have a knowledgeable and varied representation, as varied and diverse as the community they represent. I believe my many years of experience as Registered Psychiatric Nurse, a successful advocate, and my vast involvement and understanding of Board governance are well suited for the role of School Board Trustee. My knowledge of the health care system(s) and social services within Winnipeg and within Manitoba would be a definite asset to the St. James-Assiniboia School Board.
I will work hard to improve our school system and fight for the rights of all students, families and residents of St. James-Assiniboia School Division. To ensure that students will graduate from a high quality, accessible, publically funded school system.
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