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STEVE CARDWELL


I have a strong desire to return to the K-12 world and continue to support and advocate for students and parents as a school trustee.

My key motivations are to support student success and well-being, accessible and safe schools, and more resources for improved teaching, learning and working conditions.

I have the experience to make a significant contribution to the Board for the following reasons:

  • I was Superintendent for two school districts and 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 school system.

  • As a Superintendent, I have visited many schools in my own communities and across the province. I have a strong understanding of how school districts function. I know the processes and practices of our school system. I also know the people involved – stakeholders, government, and community.

With more than 40 years in public education, my background and leadership experience has prepared me to respond to the most significant challenges affecting school districts.

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 schools. Students must feel culturally safe, secure, and supported in all aspects of their lives. Going to school should be a joyful and rewarding experience for 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 be improved.

Schools are the heart of the neighbourhood and soul of the community. As much as possible, students should be able to attend schools in their local communities. The long-term potential and needs of the communities where schools are located must also be central to any decision-making.

If I am fortunate to become a school board trustee, 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 have and always will place students first!

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I live on Parker Island and acknowledge that I am unlearning and relearning on the Unceded and Traditional Territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ Indigenous people also known as being part of the Coast Salish Nations. I am committed to engaging in ongoing acts of reconciliation.