2014 Winnipeg Civic Election

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Cathy Collins

Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 6 School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

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

I was elected in 2010 to represent the former larger Ward 2. For many years, I had been active as a volunteer working in housing and safety issues in my inner city neighbourhood. This work brought me in touch with many families from diverse backgrounds. Many were newcomers to Canada and Aboriginal families. I feel that education is the best way for these families to succeed and I wanted to bring my experience as a inner city resident and volunteer to the Winnipeg School Division. A student beginning school today will graduate in 2030 into a world that is different than today's world and one with rapid changes. It is important to provide children with the skills to adapt to change and the capacity for life-long learning and critical thinking.

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

I have over thirty years of work experience in the not-for-profit heritage and cultural sectors. I currently work as a professional fundraiser. For 4 years, I taught art history at the University of Manitoba. I am also a recognized visual artist and have studied music for the past fifteen years. I live in the inner city and have visited all the schools in the area that I represented since 2010. For twenty years, I have worked as a volunteer board member for various organizations and currently chair the Central Neighbourhoods Development Corporation.

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 support providing children with the resources to ensure their success. In additional to excellent classroom instruction and sound buildings, this includes things like the reading recovery program, clinical services for children who need help seeing, hearing, speaking and learning and nutrition programs. I have supported upgrades to technology in high school and alternative programs for teens who attend special programs and trades education. Nothing has made me prouder than to see teens who could not fit into mainstream schools graduate from Argyle Alternative School or see adults receive their high school diplomas surrounded by their grandchildren. I have been pleased to see young children share their science and heritage projects with the public. I support learning in the visual arts and music as this is a way to build skills and creativity that are transferable to learning other subjects. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the pilot program for all day kindergarten that was implemented this year. I also support learning of Aboriginal languages and history because our Aboriginal students need to see their importance to our society. These are all the means to build learners who can adapt to ongoing change and contribute to Manitoba.

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

I appreciate that the Winnipeg School Division serves families from widely diverse cultural and economic circumstances. Many families in our division struggle with poverty and housing issues and this means we have a high student migrancy rate. We also have a higher number of special needs children, Aboriginal children and newcomer children. I have supported the programs that go beyond basic instruction and will continue to do so to ensure student success.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

As a trustee at the Winnipeg School Division for the past 4 years, I have worked hard as a member of at least 7 committees each year. For the past 2 years, I served as Chair of the Finance Committee and voting member of the Policy and Program Committee. I have attended countless events at schools where I have enjoyed and appreciated the accomplishments of the students and teachers at the Winnipeg School Division. We also have dedicated administrators and support staff. On my visits to schools, I have viewed many classrooms and seen some of the special programs and clinical services that the Winnipeg School Division provides. I have also attended the annual Manitoba School Boards Association Conferences to learn about education-related issues such as the development of the brain in the early years, the special importance of reading instruction, bullying and gender issues and so on. Ongoing learning about education and governance is critical for trustees too.


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News that Mentions Cathy Collins

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Two WSD trustees not in the club

Friday, 18 September 2015

As dysfunctional as the ongoing Mike Babinsky saga makes Winnipeg School Division's board of trustees, it's also clear that the other seven trustees have frozen out Cathy Collins. She was the finance chair not so long ago, and along with Babinsky and ...

Politics 204 for September 15

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

NDP Power: Four New Democrat trustees now hold the most powerful jobs on the Winnipeg School Division board. Veteran Cathy Collins was shut out, then issued an unapologetic no-offence-meant statement for hauling out a dictionary and humiliating ...

WSD trustees reelect Wasyliw as chair

Monday, 14 September 2015

But so too did Cathy Collins, who, along with Wasyliw and Babinsky, was the only other veteran who sat on the board prior to last October's election. Collins had openly lashed out at how Wasyliw and Rollins handled the budget last March, criticism that ...

Politics 204 for August 17

Monday, 17 August 2015

Broughton was public called out by trustee Cathy Collins. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press Conflict in conflict of interest: The province's legislative affairs committee meets today to being the process of hiring Manitoba's next conflict of interest ...

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 ...

How close is WSD to dysfunction?

Friday, 24 April 2015

... behaviour behind closed doors a week earlier, when he reportedly stormed out of the meeting and left the building after strong outbursts directed at trustee Cathy Collins, who was chairing the closed-door session, tirades which allegedly included F ...

Babinsky's outbursts earn fourth censure

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Freedman said in an interview Babinsky directed his outbursts -- including F-bombs -- before leaving the meeting, at board vice-chairwoman Cathy Collins, who was chairing the closed-door session. "He continued to speak as he left the room," Freedman ...

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 ...

Manitoba Movers

Monday, 30 March 2015

... Interlake School Division; region 4: Murray Skeavington, Flin Flon School Division; region 5: Sandy Nemeth, Louis Riel School Division and Cheryl Smukowich, St. James-Assiniboia School Division; region 6: Cathy Collins, Winnipeg School Division.

Religion divides Winnipeg school board

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Trustee Cathy Collins warned the board it is in contempt of the Public Schools Act. Board chairman Mark Wasyliw said the petitions go to staff, who check the signatures and then prepare a bylaw for first reading at each school annually. But, said ...

Religion divides Winnipeg school board

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Trustee Cathy Collins warned the board it is in contempt of the Public Schools Act. Board chairman Mark Wasyliw said the petitions go to staff, who check the signatures and then prepare a bylaw for first reading at each school annually. But, said ...

Winnipeg School Division eyes tax increase

Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Trustee Cathy Collins told the board Monday night: "Just because things come forward doesn't mean we're going to approve them." The draft budget does not contain some of the ideas new trustees have already raised, such as livestreaming public meetings ...

Today's news from the Babinsky bureau

Friday, 05 December 2014

Board chair Mark Wasyliw — along with Cathy Collins and Babinsky, one of three veterans on the board now — says that Babinsky's notice of motion got 'generalized,' not altered and hidden and concealed as Babinsky alleges, because it identified an ...

New era of openness for school division

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Trustee Cathy Collins said some business will still need to be done privately and questioned whether every committee will be of interest to the public. Wasyliw said in an interview that even before new policies are set, trustees plan to do much more of ...

Board chair says WSD must eliminate 'achievement gap'

Monday, 03 November 2014

School divisions need predictable and sustainable provincial funding, Wasyliw said, and must overcome "perceptions that school boards are cut off from the communities they serve." Cathy Collins is vice-chair and Sherri Rollins will be budget boss as ...

Progressive candidates win big in WSD

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Maverick Mike Babinsky will be back for a sixth term, along with left-leaning Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins. Joining them are rookies Lisa Naylor, Chris Broughton and Allan Beach -- all endorsed by retiring left-wing trustee Kristine Barr -- along ...

Progressive candidates win big in WSD

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Maverick Mike Babinsky will be back for a sixth term, along with left-leaning Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins. Joining them are rookies Lisa Naylor, Chris Broughton and Allan Beach -- all endorsed by retiring left-wing trustee Kristine Barr -- along ...

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 ...

Twentynine hopefuls want spot in WSD

Friday, 17 October 2014

Two of those incumbents fit the criteria: Mark Wasyliw in Ward 3 and Cathy Collins in Ward 4. The longest-serving member of the board is running again in Ward 8 -- populist maverick Mike Babinsky has never been a member of the club, and as such has not ...

Twentynine hopefuls want spot in WSD

Friday, 17 October 2014

Two of those incumbents fit the criteria: Mark Wasyliw in Ward 3 and Cathy Collins in Ward 4. The longest-serving member of the board is running again in Ward 8 -- populist maverick Mike Babinsky has never been a member of the club, and as such has not ...

Province's largest school division bans ecigarettes

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Only Babinsky, Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins are seeking re-election, guaranteeing the board's largest turnover in recent years. Wasyliw urged the board to avoid ambiguity and confrontation in schools. He scoffed that, "It's unlikely we'll come back ...


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