2014 Winnipeg Civic Election

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Kevin Freedman

Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 5 School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

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

There were many things that compelled me to run for School Trustee, not the least of which was encouragement from several teachers, division staff, former Trustees, and neighbours to get more involved. I have a breadth of education and experience in governance and Board work, spend significant amount of time in classrooms as a volunteer presenter, and have a Master's Degree in non-profit management and public administration, which I feel would make me an ideal candidate on the Board at any time, but especially now when a full two-thirds of incumbents have chosen not to run again. The Winnipeg School Division suffers from a very poor graduation rate, and while there are very complicated reasons behind this, I have the ability to relate to this as I was a high school dropout myself, after attending public school for most of my education and two years at a private school. I later entered university as a mature student, earning two degrees and rekindling my passion for education. Finally, beyond my qualifications for the role, I feel I could really help my community as a Trustee. I have built up a level of expertise and want to put it to good use!

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

Experience is among the most important attributes a candidate in this election must have, and believe that not only do I have by far the most experience, I also have the most relevant. Over the past 14 years I have sat on many committees and volunteer Boards including the Manitoba Eco-Network, the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres, and the Manitoba Water Polo Association, among others. Currently I am on the Board of Assiniboine Credit Union, the largest credit union in Manitoba, the Sexuality Education Resource Centre, and the University of Winnipeg Alumni Council where I am President. I also have significant experience in classrooms. For nearly ten years I have been giving volunteer presentations to nearly every age group in schools around southern Manitoba on topics as diverse as blood donation on behalf of Canadian Blood Services, environmental stewardship and water conservation as part of my project the Water Conservation Challenge, and on human rights, volunteerism, and travel. I have visited hundreds of classrooms and spoken to more than 10,000 students. This front-line experience has helped me to be more aware of the evolving needs in classrooms and a better understanding of our school facilities.

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?

My biggest priority as a School Trustee is to work with the Board to come up with and implement better ways to engage with the community and include them in the decision making process when feasible. Last year the Board voted to change the ward boundaries for the Winnipeg School Division but then did very little to inform the 150,000+ voters in the division of this substantial change to their democratic rights. The previous Board could have done a better job of reaching out to the public and they must in the future. I would also like t investigate how capital projects are prioritized and do a full fledged capital audit on all division buildings to give the Board an idea of rough life-spans for each school and administration building. Our capital funding should take the long view in terms of priorities. The division must also be more flexible in its approach to capital funding when opportunities arise. The Gordon Bell field is a good example of a time when the school board fought against a project that was a one-time opportunity for an inner-city school to have an outdoor field, merely because it wasn't in their capital plan.

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

The Winnipeg School Division has exceptional teachers and has been a national leader in special needs education. Being both the largest division in the province, and providing schooling in one of the lowest-income areas in Canada and what may be the most ethnically diverse (certainly Ward 5 is one of the most diverse int he country) poses significant barriers and the division has been able to adapt to changes in student body quite effectively. I also think the Winnipeg School Division has made great strides in offering independence and autonomy to teachers to use alternative methods in the classrooms to support the students. My area is awesome. While i did not grow up in Ward 5, i made the decision to purchase my first house at age 22 on Burnell St to be close to school (U of W) and to work. The area is amazingly diverse, with at least eight different languages spoken at home just on my block! It is close to everything and contains some of the best schools in Winnipeg.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I am not a teacher, nor am I in any way an expert on education. But I am an expert on Board processes, consensus-building, and active listening, three skills that I feel are absolutely essential to being an effective Trustee. I know how to get things done from a Board level, know how to read complicated financial statements, excel at critical thinking, and have lots of energy. And I am actively reaching out to the community in a way that no other candidate in the ward, and maybe the entire city is. By the end of the campaign I will personally have knocked on more than 4,000 doors, not just to drop off a flyer or to ask to put up a sign, but to actually listen to each person's concerns and needs. A School Trustee is both an elected representative and a Board member who must try and balance what is best for their constituents, what is best for the school division, and what is best for the students. I have the skills and experience needed, but also the youth and energy required to relate better to students and teachers and to follow through on my goals.


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News that Mentions Kevin Freedman

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Two WSD trustees not in the club

Friday, 18 September 2015

I haven't asked, but I suspect Kevin Freedman would have been given much more responsibility had he and his wife not just had their first child. Collins had publicly lashed out at Wasyliw and Rollins late last winter for their handling of the budget ...

WSD's fulsome dysfunction

Monday, 17 August 2015

You could feel for Winnipeg School Division trustee Chris Broughton Friday as fellow school board member Cathy Collins humiliated him in front of the entire public meeting. Do these people not understand irony, that one of their members would pull such ...

WSD board eyes deadline for report response

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Kevin Freedman interpreted it to mean a report on rarely invoked censure of a trustee, but Cathy Collins argued the person who felt victimized by such behaviour could ask for it to be noted in the minutes. Wiens had ordered the division cease ...

WSD board meet some report recomendations, fighting others

Friday, 14 August 2015

Kevin Freedman interpreted it to mean a report on rarely-invoked censure of a trustee, but Cathy Collins argued that the person who felt victimized by such behaviour could ask for it to be noted in the minutes. Wiens ordered that the division cease ...

They can be arrogant, but should they be fired?

Thursday, 09 July 2015

So, how would Allum justify firing trustee Kevin Freedman, who has been deluging the board agenda almost from Day 1 with motions to open up board business and division information to the public? Any reasonable person would conclude Freedman is ...

WSD transparency still a tad opaque

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

... trustees are doing more business in public, and I have to say that they're very good about getting back to me immediately when I contact them, and commenting publicly, especially board chair Mark Wasyliw, Lisa Naylor, Sherri Rollins and Kevin Freedman.

Babinsky's outbursts earn fourth censure

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Trustee Kevin Freedman moved for censure late Monday night after Babinsky allegedly directed two expletive-laced outbursts at another trustee during a closed-door session and then stormed out of the meeting. "Trustee Babinsky had a major outburst and ...

Mike Babinsky censured by fellow WSD trustees for an outburst during Monday's ...

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Trustee Kevin Freedman said this morning that Babinsky directed two expletive-laced outbursts, including F-bombs, before leaving the meeting, at vice-chair Cathy Collins, who was chairing the closed-door session. "He continued to speak as he left the ...

Religion divides Winnipeg school board

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Trustee Kevin Freedman said Babinsky's accusations were shocking, and argued the problem had nothing to do with religion. "It simply wasn't a valid petition," said trustee Sherri Rollins. Trustee Lisa Naylor was ready to take on Babinsky about religion.

Religion divides Winnipeg school board

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Trustee Kevin Freedman said Babinsky's accusations were shocking, and argued the problem had nothing to do with religion. "It simply wasn't a valid petition," said trustee Sherri Rollins. Trustee Lisa Naylor was ready to take on Babinsky about religion.

Taxes up 3.7 per cent in WSD

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Ward 5 trustee Kevin Freedman said he supports a 3.7 per cent property tax increase. "We need to increase taxes by 3.1 per cent just to maintain the status quo in terms of the contracts we have with our staff and other increases of costs. The added .6 ...

Taxes up 3.7 per cent in WSD

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ward 5 trustee Kevin Freedman said he supports a 3.7 per cent school tax increase. "We need to increase taxes by 3.1 per cent just to maintain the status quo in terms of the contracts we have with our staff and other increases of costs. The added .6 ...

Taxes up 3.7 per cent in WSD

Friday, 13 February 2015

Ward 5 trustee Kevin Freedman said he supports a 3.7 per cent property tax increase. "We need to increase taxes by 3.1 per cent just to maintain the status quo in terms of the contracts we have with our staff and other increases of costs. The added .6 ...

Quarrel over bursting school

Monday, 09 February 2015

Trustee Kevin Freedman accused the board of "flip-flopping," and said trustees were acting because "people made noise." Other area residents have come forward favouring the status quo, said Freedman, to angry denials from Broughton and Rollins.

Media training for trustees

Thursday, 05 February 2015

The report, tabled by committee chairman trustee Kevin Freedman, noted trustees are interested, want to know from staff what it will cover, when it's available and if individual sessions can be arranged. Freedman, however, has not yet had his media ...

Letters: Dec. 30

Monday, 29 December 2014

KEVIN FREEDMAN. The world is filled with shades of grey. NEW YEAR'S PREDICTION. If Greg Selinger, Theresa Oswald, and Steve Ashton battle for the NDP leadership, Manitobans will end as clear losers. The divisions within the governing NDP will be ...

Justice minister refuses probe into trustee's allegations

Wednesday, 03 December 2014

"I haven't accused anyone; I requested an investigation," he said. Trustee Kevin Freedman then challenged Babinsky to say whether he was alleging to Allum the former board -- six trustees are new as of Oct. 22 -- had violated the Public Schools Act ...

'Criminal malfeasance' allegations stir controversy at school board meeting

Monday, 01 December 2014

"I haven`t accused anyone, I requested an investigation," he said. Trustee Kevin Freedman then challenged Babinsky to say whether he was alleging to Allum that the former board — six trustees are new as of Oct. 22 — violated the Public Schools Act.

They ran, they lost; will they be back?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

She also said she'd been hoping to work alongside fellow aboriginal candidate Kevin Settee, who lost a close race to Kevin Freedman in Ward 5. (Note to myself for the next election: Do not rely solely on candidates' websites and autobiographies for all ...

They ran, they lost, will they be back?

Friday, 24 October 2014

... next election, do not rely solely on candidates' websites and autobiographies for all pertinent positive information — and that she'd been hoping to work alongside fellow Aboriginal candidate Kevin Settee, who lost a close race to Kevin Freedman ...

Progressive candidates win big in WSD

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Joining them are rookies Lisa Naylor, Chris Broughton and Allan Beach -- all endorsed by retiring left-wing trustee Kristine Barr -- along with Sherri Rollins, Kevin Freedman and Dean Koshelanyk. Rollins self-identifies on her website as aboriginal.

Progressive candidates win big in WSD

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Joining them are rookies Lisa Naylor, Chris Broughton and Allan Beach -- all endorsed by retiring left-wing trustee Kristine Barr -- along with Sherri Rollins, Kevin Freedman and Dean Koshelanyk. Rollins self-identifies on her website as aboriginal.

Civic Election 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Last week, Winnipeggers elected Brian Bowman as their mayor. Bowman's official biography mentions his working-class background, his love of the Jets and the family dog, Indiana. Not mentioned is the fact Bowman is also Métis, something that was rarely ...

Voters stick with status quo for school boards

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Winnipeg School Division's board had only three incumbents back, and all three won: Mike Babinsky, for his sixth term, and left-leaning trustees Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins. Lisa Naylor, Chris Broughton, Allan Beach, Kevin Freedman, Dean Koshelanyk, ...

Civic Election 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Last week, Winnipeggers elected Brian Bowman as their mayor. Bowman's official biography mentions his working-class background, his love of the Jets and the family dog, Indiana. Not mentioned is the fact Bowman is also Métis, something that was rarely ...


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