2014 Winnipeg Civic Election

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Ben Shedden

Candidate in the 2011 Winnipeg - 1 (2010) School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2011 school board election?

As a teacher currently working in the inner city, I believe very strongly in public education in Winnipeg. My students, who are mostly refugees, inspire me by their faith in education as a way to succeed in society and become productive citizens. I feel I owe it to them, to students throughout Winnipeg, and to their families, to bring my passion for schooling to the Winnipeg School Board.

While my devotion to public education is important to my decision to run in the upcoming by-election, perhaps my biggest motivation comes the teaching of my parents, who have instilled in me a love of being active in my community. Teachers themselves, they've always taught me to work hard for the things in which I believe. I see the potential of students every day. I know there is more we can do as a community to improve our schools. I am willing to do whatever is asked of me by my community to make the Winnipeg School Division the best it can possibly be.

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

I am the only education professional running in this election. That brings a body of experience that provides me with unique perspective. I have worked in Winnipeg schools for the past 8 years as part of my education at the UofW. I completed my B.Ed. in 2010, which provides me with a current academic foundation. I have met numerous other teachers, many of whom I consider good friends. I have seen many different classrooms, different grades, different schools, teaching a whole host of different subjects. I am aware of all parts of the school system throughout Winnipeg.

My passion for education has led me to explore other opportunities in the education field. I have worked for alternative education programs such as Community School Investigators, Career Trek and the Selkirk Healing Center. I served as president of the Education Students Association, where we had one of our most successful years ever. I have also tutored at the Global Welcome Center at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, I sit on the Advisory Council of Safe Schools Manitoba, where I help guide policies that ensure safety in Manitoban schools. I hope I can continue my hard work at the school board level.

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

There are many issues that affect schools in the Winnipeg School Division. As a School Board Trustee in Ward 1, I will work continuously to make sure the issues that matter most to my community are represented in School Board meetings. My main focus is bringing forward the concerns of others to the table. I will work with the teachers to make sure they are given the resources and training to do their jobs. I will meet with politicians at the provincial level to make sure they understand their commitments to provide the required funding and resources to maintain a high level of instruction in Manitoba classrooms. I will bring together parents, business leaders and school administrators to communicate with each other to ensure our schools are community-minded. I will work with Universities and Colleges to ensure they are providing high quality teacher training to future teachers. Essentially, I want all issues discussed openly with all stake-holders and with the best interests of the students in mind.

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

During the past month, as I've traveled around the ward, meeting with community members, I've encountered a lot of positivity about schooling in the area. I am not someone who is aiming to make sweeping changes or reforms. I don't believe we need to be scrapping current, effective educational practices, or digging up old, out-dated practices like standardized testing that are expensive, proven to fail, and based on tired ideology rather than research. I believe that we have made great progress over the past decade in delivering quality education in our schools and I would like to build on that success. I believe in the path our division has set and I will sit with my fellow trustees as an ally in their efforts. The only thing I might change is the minds of the few who believe that our schools are not effectively delivering quality education. Vote for me, and I will devote myself to sharing the many successes of our students to help change those minds!

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

On November 26th, vote for someone who lives, breathes and bleeds public education. Vote for someone with new ideas backed by education and experience. Vote for a candidate with energy, dedication, and devotion; someone looking to work with others to bring even higher levels of success to our schools.

I am so pleased to have met so many concerned citizens on the campaign trial over the last month, and I would be greatly honoured to have the opportunity to meet more of my constituents as the newly elected School Board Trustee in Ward 1. Thank you for your consideration.

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