I am excited to announce that I am a candidate for Vancouver School Board trustee with Vision Vancouver!
I have a strong desire to return to the K-12 world and continue to support and advocate for students and parents as a trustee with the Vancouver Board of Education.
My key motivations are to support student success and well-being, accessibility to safe neighbourhood schools, and greater 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 for five years. This gives me a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of our vibrant school district.
As Superintendent, I visited every school, and have a strong understanding of how schools function. As such, 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 the school district.
Equity and inclusion for all students is my priority. 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, seismic safety, and accessibility are key areas that must be improved.
Students should be able to attend their neighbourhood schools. For some parents and students, their local school is full, although it is just down the street from their homes. Parents are forced to find alternative school placements with a long commute, sometimes right across the city. This is not conducive to building strong relationships for students with their friends in their own neighbourhoods.
I am concerned about the spectre of school closures being ever-present on families, students, and employees. School closure should be rarely considered and then only if it makes good pedagogical sense. There must be thorough consultation with impacted families. The long-term growth potential for the communities must also be central to any decision-making.
School land should be retained within the public realm. New school construction or upgrades should not be leveraged on the condition of closing other schools. As I have stated previously, schools are the heart of the neighbourhood and soul of the community.
If elected as a school trustee, I will ensure good governance that respects all members of the VSB 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!
I am thankful for your support. Please consider donating to my campaign.
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I acknowledge that I am unlearning and relearning on the Unceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I am committed to engaging in ongoing acts of reconciliation.