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Candidate in the 2010 Winnipeg - 1 (2010) School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
I decided to run in the 2010 election as a school trustee to ensure that we continue effective partnerships with the Winnipeg Foundation, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, in the service of the students in our care.
With these partnerships I have supported a number of key initiatives as your school trustee including:
- The Creation of the Community –based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program in partnership with the University of Winnipeg
- The Dufferin School Project, in partnership with the Winnipeg Foundation and many public and private participants
- Significant energy saving programs have reduced costs and the Division’s carbon foot-print
- The development of a state-of the-art science lab at Niji Mahkwa School in partnership with the Winnipeg Foundation and the University of Manitoba
- Restoring the Nursery Program of the Winnipeg School Division to the full school year
Running in the 2010 election allows me the opportunity to continue this work.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
To complement my role as school trustee, I bring my experience as a chartered accountant, my experience as a federal public servant managing federal-provincial partnership agreements at Western Economic Diversification and most recently, three years experience as the executive director of the Manitoba Federal Council.
I am the mother of two children, both of whom have embraced the Winnipeg School Division for all their grades.
While serving on the Winnipeg School Board, I was chosen by my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Board for two terms, the vice-Chair of the Board, the Chair of the Policy committee for three terms, and to serve as the Boards’ representative on the Manitoba School Board Association.
I have participated regularly with parent-led committees like the South-End Advisory Committee ensuring the parent voice is heard and I have learned much from parents in the process.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
Since first being elected, I have made it a top priority to develop an environment in our schools where students can realize their full potential. In my experience, the best way to achieve this goal is to work in partnership with parents, teachers, students, school administrators and the community.
I will continue to develop more sustainable and cost-effective business practices in the division, as I have done consistently in the past, enabling cost reductions and savings achieved to be redirected to the classroom.
My record is one of accountability. Accountability continues to be an issue for our division and I am committed to being accountable; to our students by providing a learning environment where all students can realize their full potential; to our parents by providing a safe environment so your children get the education they deserve; to our teachers by providing the support and tools they need to educate our children; to all of our over 5,000 employees by providing and maintaining a respectful and productive workplace; and to our taxpayers by ensuring tax dollars are wisely invested to achieve the greatest benefit for our community.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
I would like to see changes to the following key issues:
- Graduation Rates - We have to determine how we can support the children in our care who are struggling to graduate. Current processes have to be reviewed and improved for populations of students with less success than others. We are partnering with such groups as Pathways to Education Canada to enhance success rates and we always work in partnership with the many service agencies of the Provincial government as they support various at-risk students and their families.
- Supporting the needs of immigrant children - We have a provincial government successfully utilizing immigration as an economic driver for the Province. That is wonderful for our economy. Many of the immigrant families reside in the Winnipeg School Division and we have a responsibility to ensure that their children are given the tools they need to ensure they will be net contributors to our society. Of the immigrant population we serve, some of the students have never lived anywhere other than in a war-camp. This necessitates some incremental investments in their transition.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
There are a few other issues I would like to deal with if my candidacy as a school trustee is successful.
Ensuring adequate Succession Planning for the Division:
- We have a responsibility to adequately plan for the succession needs of the division.
- Lack of such planning could result in costly future errors.
- I believe that we need to enhance our approach to succession planning. We need to ensure that we transfer the vast store of knowledge of our retiring employees to the next generation of employees.
- Provincial bargaining is an opportunity for significant administrative cost saving in every school division province-wide and significant cost saving for the Manitoba Association of School Boards.
- The Manitoba Teacher’s Society is on the record supporting provincial bargaining. We currently have 37 School Divisions in the Province conducting their own negotiations. All settlements result in roughly similar results province-wide given the possibility of arbitration. Manitoba taxpayers would be well served with just one negotiation process and this would happen if all school divisions listen to the Manitoba Teacher’s Society and support provincial bargaining.
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