I have a strong desire to remain a part of the education sector and continue my support and advocacy for students.
My key motivations are to support student success and well-being, ensure accessible and safe learning environments, and advocate for sufficient resources for improved teaching, learning and working conditions.
I have the experience to make a significant contribution to a Board for the following reasons:
I have served the post-secondary sector for over 14 years both early in career as a lecturer and during the past 8 years teaching at the graduate level at UBC, and in senior administration at KPU.
I was the Superintendent and CEO for two school districts. I concluded my K-12 career in 2015 having served the students, parents, and community in Vancouver and Delta. This gives me a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of the education system. I worked closely with my own boards of education and connected with local post secondary institutions during these times.
I have served on a number of boards and councils during my career. These include: Science World, BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, BC Council for International Education, Technology Education Careers Council, BCIT Technology Educators' Program Advisory Council, EdCan Network Council, Learning Forward Board, Senior Academic Administrators' Forum, BC Science Teacher's Association, and the BC School Superintendents' Association.
As a Superintendent and over the past five years as Vice President at KPU, I have visited many K-12 and post-secondary institutions across the province - I know the sector.
I have a strong understanding of how boards function. I understand the processes and practices of our K-12 and advanced education systems. I also know the people involved – employee groups, government, and community.
With more than 42 years in public education, my background and leadership experience has prepared me to respond to the most significant challenges affecting our education system.
Truth and Reconciliation will always be my first priority. This will take time and require an ongoing commitment working with Indigenous peoples.
Equity and inclusion must be for all students. Racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in our classrooms. Students must feel culturally safe, secure, and supported in all aspects of their lives. Education at all levels should be a joyful and rewarding experience for each and every student.
In addition, the surrounding physical environment must provide safe and accessible working, teaching, and learning conditions for students and all employees. Air and water quality, physical safety, and accessibility are key areas that must continue to be improved.
If I am fortunate to serve on a board, I will ensure good governance that respects all members of the community. I will work within the collective of the Board with full transparency and open consultation.
Above all, I will place students first!
I acknowledge my privilege and place in society. I reside part time on Parker Island and part time in Coal Harbour, Vancouver. I acknowledge that I am unlearning and relearning on the Unceded and Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish Nations. I am committed to engaging in ongoing acts of reconciliation.