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Sonia Prevost-Derbecker

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Sonia Prevost-Derbecker

Candidate in the 2010 Winnipeg - 3 (2010) School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?

I view Education as the “Great Equalizer”. To build a truly just and prosperous society we need a strong education system that supports all of our children.

What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?

My resumé:

I have been an elected School Trustee since 2006 and as such have taken on the following leadership positions.

  • Current Vice Chair of Winnipeg School Board
  • Past Chair of Winnipeg School Division Policy and Program committee

In addition I have held the following relevant positions

  • Former High School Teacher
  • Founder of Ndinawe Transitional School
  • Former Member of the Aboriginal Education Task Force at the University of Manitoba
  • Past Chair of Luxton School Parent Council
  • Former Executive Director of child and youth services agencies.
  • Founding member of Métis Child and Family Authority board
  • Active community involvement including election to the following boards:
    • United Way of Winnipeg
    • Winnipeg Harvest
    • North End Community Renewal Corporation
    • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
    • Community Education Development Association
    • Mary Kardash Daycare

I believe I bring the kind of experience we need on the School Board!

What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?

Safe and Healthy Schools

  • Children cannot learn if they are afraid. I was a member of the original development committee for the School Resource Officer Program.
  • Safety should include working with our children on strategies that promote anti-racism, that enable greater understanding of diversity, the benefits of mutual respect and the responsibility we all have for ensuring a safe and just society.

Increased Parental Involvement

  • The families of our children are our greatest asset. Studies prove over and over that the strongest indicator of student success is parental engagement. Parental involvement needs to continue to be a top priority for the division.

Stronger Academic Achievement

  • I believe that improving academic achievement must continue to be a focus for the Division. As such I have called for the creation of a sub-committee of the board that will look at strategies such as extended learning time to improve academic outcomes and increase graduation rates.
  • High quality education requires highly trained and motivated staff. I support the enhancement of professional development.
  • Ensuring enhanced learning opportunities for all children cannot be overlooked. Examples such as Children of the Earth Medical Program must be made available if we are to produce leaders of tomorrow.

Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?

  • I would like to find ways to increase graduation rates and general levels of competence at graduation. We want to keep our students in school and provide them with the tools they need to be successful in their next stage of life whether in work, college or university.

  • We need to find more equitable ways to fund public schools.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

Throughout my career, as a School Trustee in the Winnipeg School Division, through my employment in a variety of youth serving organizations, in the many community volunteer positions I have held and most importantly as a mother, I have always tried to recognize and respond to individual differences. There are many road blocks within our society that impede the progress of children as they grow and develop. These challenges are widely spoken of in the media and in our daily life. Socio-economic issues such as poverty, addictions, violence, lack of appreciation of cultural diversity, gang pressures and much more all play a part in limiting positive outcomes. As a society we must recognize the pressure these issues place on our students’ potential development. Through the position of Trustee, I have been able to help bring more children through these challenges, with the goal of brighter futures. Much has been accomplished over the past four years, however much remains to be done


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