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Rockford McKay

Candidate in the 2014 St. James - Assiniboia - Silver Heights - Booth School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

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

I am once again running for School Board election because I believe that education provides an equal opportunity for all to succeed in our society. Success may be defined differently from individual to individual, but public education should provide a place of quality and equity for all. My parents and grandparents always stressed the importance of education and hard work. I have come to see the opportunities education and hard work can bring. I owe much to my family and teachers for helping me find my own success. I have a passion helping our youth obtain their own successes. As a School Trustee I want to bring to the board my experiences and become part of a team to help other families and students find their successes.

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

I have been a classroom teacher and school science program consultant for over twenty years working with schools all over Manitoba. This has provided me with an opportunity to work with many diverse communities, all with its own needs and vision for the future. I have been a School Trustee for St. James - Assiniboia from 2006 to 2010. In this time I worked on the Education and Finance Standing Committees. I also served as Chair for both the Education and Governance Committees. I have served on many other boards and committees including Athletics Manitoba, Manitoba Runner’s Association, Manitoba School Board Association’s Committee on Aboriginal Education, Province of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Education Directorate Advisory Council, and the Province of Manitoba’s Technical Vocational Education Advisory Council. I presently sit on the Manitoba Schools Improvement Programs Board of Directors. As a teacher I worked in the development of new curriculum and supporting resources that help teachers implement high quality programming. I am an author of the new Manitoba Grade 7 Science textbook. This textbook has been approved for use in all Manitoba classrooms. I am also a chemistry advisor for a new Manitoba Grade 10 textbook.

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 believe in a strong local school board. A local school board can provide the best experience for students that reflect the unique characteristics of our community. As school board members, we live in the community and understand what is important to our parents, children and other community members. Programs such as French Immersion, Early Childhood education, and Special Needs education although not uniquely found in St. James – Assiniboia can have unique characteristics that reflect our local character.

As a long time educator I am very concerned about how our students are doing in comparison with other students in Canada. The latest PCAP testing results have shown that Manitoba students rank last in Math, Science, and Reading Skills in Canada. In 2010, Manitoba students ranked second last. How can we start making improvements? Although we do not know specific results for each school division, we in St.James - Assiniboia School Division can continue to do what effective schools do. Effective schools provide learning for all students. Effective schools focus on results. The effective school has high expectations, has strong educational leadership, collaboration, a clear mission statement, frequent monitoring of student progress, safe learning environment, and on task learning.

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

St. James - Assiniboia School Division offers such a wide and diverse range of educational opportunities. Programs such as high quality academics, French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement, Technical Vocational, on – line learning, St. James Assiniboia Hockey Academy, Performing Arts, Cooperative Education, Early Childhood Education, and so much more provide for rich and varied educational opportunities. As a student these opportunities gave me the flexibility to explore a wide variety of experiences that helped me find my passion in life. Now as a father I still see St. James – Assiniboia School Division providing rich opportunities for my daughters to find their own passions in life.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I believe that our schools must not only prepare our children to succeed in our society but must also be able to compete globally. Our country is changing quickly. One of the major changes is our shift away from a manufacturing based economy to a more service based economy. If we are to grow and prosper as a country, we must continue to be innovators. I believe that our schools must enhance our student’s experiences in the areas of math, science and technology. In the early 1990s, I can recall hearing that by 2010, about 95% of the skills needed in the work force will require math, science and technology skills and attitudes. I find it difficult to think of many jobs that do not require these skills and attitudes. With our need to address the problems associated with our environment, health and future energy needs, we as a society must not only concentrate on literacy, but must become scientifically literate as well. To compete and prosper on a global stage, we must be innovators of these new technologies. This goal must start at our local schools and I would support this as one of our new challenges to meet.


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News that Mentions Rockford McKay

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No one saw LaVérendrye decision coming

Thursday, 14 May 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

We'll let you know if anything happens

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Teacher unhappy with my heritage moment

Thursday, 07 May 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Flak from the flack, but a story nevertheless

Thursday, 30 April 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

How close is WSD to dysfunction?

Friday, 24 April 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Blame Koshelanyk for doing his job

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Red River College tells me to 'play fair'

Thursday, 19 February 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Community use of school gyms not so simple...or cheap

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Making great effort to disappoint everyone involved

Friday, 13 February 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Miami worth a trip in January

Friday, 16 January 2015

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

How a sexual assault charge was handled within one school division

Thursday, 30 October 2014

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

They ran, they lost; will they be back?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

I think Rockford McKay was the only defeated incumbent in 2010 who tried a comeback in this election, and he fell short. So back I went to three recent byelections, the ones that saw Colleen Mayer, Mark Wasyliw and Rita Hildahl win seats. Hildahl had ...

They ran, they lost, will they be back?

Friday, 24 October 2014

I think Rockford McKay was the only defeated incumbent in 2010 who tried a comeback this time, and he fell short. So back I went to three recent by-elections, the ones that saw Colleen Mayer, Mark Wasyliw, and Rita Hildahl win seats. Hildahl had been a ...

Female trustees may outnumber men across province

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

... in Seven Oaks and Luigi Imbrogno in the WSD. Once again, school board elections have attracted only a handful of aboriginal candidates: Kevin Settee and Jerald Funk in WSD, Karen Beaudin in Seven Oaks and Rockford McKay in St. James-Assiniboia.

Female trustees may outnumber men across province

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CAN women finally win half or more of Manitoba's school boards seats today? Women have consistently held more than two out of every five school trustee positions across the province, far higher than women's representation in any other level of government.

Female trustees may outnumber men across province

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CAN women finally win half or more of Manitoba's school boards seats today? Women have consistently held more than two out of every five school trustee positions across the province, far higher than women's representation in any other level of government.

All kinds of stuff about Ed Hume

Friday, 17 October 2014

The bad news, Ed, is I won't be doing a profile piece in the paper on you. And I don't know if writing about you here constitutes good news.... St. James-Assiniboia SD King Edward/Deer Lodge ward school trustee incumbent Ed Hume wanted me to separate ...

Yes, Rocky, it would have been OK, and other trustee election stuff

Friday, 10 October 2014

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Saying you're a good person is not a campaign platform

Thursday, 21 August 2014

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

More Babinsky, and this time it's personal

Tuesday, 02 July 2013

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Not political, Rita? Seriously?

Friday, 09 December 2011

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Gerrard's spin doctor blows smoke

Thursday, 20 January 2011

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Religion in my public schools

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

I happened to run into Rockford McKay the other day, and we chatted a bit about his campaign to win a St. James-Assiniboia school board seat in Silver Heights-Booth ward. McKay had been elected as a school trustee in 2006, and at the time I thought he ...

Voters send aboriginal school trustees packing

Friday, 29 October 2010

After the ballots were counted, Winnipeg's two aboriginal school trustees were part of the campaign's casualties. Sonia Prevost-Derbecker lost her seat in ward 3 of Winnipeg School Division, and Rockford McKay finished barely out of the running in the ...

Incumbent school trustees fall all over town

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Sonia Prevost-Derbecker in Winnipeg, Roxanne Delbridge and Rockford McKay in St. James-Assiniboia, Mike Daoust in Louis Riel and Dennis Ruggles in Seven Oaks. There'll be a major turnover when school boards hold their inaugural meetings next week ...


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