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Candidate in the 2010 Winnipeg - 2 (2010) School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
My children and grandchildren have all attended and are presently attending schools in the Winnipeg School Division. I want to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive and be successful. I believe that I have the required experience, commitment and leadership to continue the important work of improving the quality of education for all the students and families in our community.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I hold Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees, and I am currently completing my PhD in Education at the University of Manitoba. I worked for 30 years with the Winnipeg School Division teaching at Wellington, R.B. Russell and Argyle schools. As well, I was the Vice-Principal at Hugh John Macdonald School and Principal at Niji Mahkwa School. I retired from the school division in 2007 and I am presently working as the Director of Education Reform at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
The key priorities that I believe in include:
- Inclusive Education – all of our children must feel safe in our classrooms and schools. I am committed to promoting inclusive education for Aboriginal people, newcomers, special needs students and gifted and talented students by advocating for programs and resources to address the learning needs of these students.
- Life-Long Learning – education of our children happens best when family, school and community work together. I will encourage schools to support life-long learning by working together to develop programs for pre-schoolers, families, adults and seniors.
- Improve High School Graduation Rates – schools cannot provide a quality education for our children on their own. I will work with community partners to improve high school graduation rates through a range of initiatives including after school tutoring programs, mentoring programs, off-campus programs, summer programs and scholarship incentive programs.
- Education for Sustainable Development – must be on the minds and in the hearts of educators, parents and students now and certainly in the future – Mother Earth depends on us. Our survival will be based on deepening our understanding and knowledge of human rights, peace, democracy, environmental protection, climate change, health and well-being.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
I was born and raised in Winnipeg and I feel deeply about the value of diversity found in our city. I am a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation. I am a grandmother, mother, sister and daughter. My volunteer involvement in the community has included being a member of the board of directors of New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families; and the Prairie Region Elders Council for Corrections Canada. I have a particular interest in and have done a great deal of volunteer work with marginalized and battered women
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