Incumbent Caton to seek re-election as School District 71 trustee representing Courtenay

Janice Caton is seeking a fifth term as school trustee for Comox Valley Schools (SD71) representing the City of Courtenay.

Caton has resided in Courtenay for more than 40 years, where she and her husband have raised three sons.

Today, she is a proud grandparent of four grandchildren, and because of them she remains committed to the delivery of a strong, flexible, robust public education program for the Comox Valley.

As a school trustee for 13 years, Caton has served two years as board chair, five years as vice-chair, and has represented the board and district as a liaison to numerous local and provincial committees.

In addition, she has served 20 years as an active Parent Advisory Council (PAC) member and as a DPAC executive, and will continue to support the parent voice in public education.

Caton’s extensive experience and knowledge combined with over 30 years of advocating for public education provides strong leadership and advocacy for the district.

Overall, Caton believes that the continual lack of a sustainable, predictable and a fully funded public education system is one of the most critical challenges facing school boards today.

She is passionate and adamant that the provincial government remains focused on consistent and robust investment in public education and committing to the future of our students.

Caton is a strong advocate for ensuring all students and staff members have a safe and positive learning environment, and that students, teachers and schools have the necessary resources and tools to support the learning needs of all students.

As the school board chair, Caton has advocated, supported and worked to implement new district policies and initiatives including:

• Increased community engagement – working with all educational partners, students and the broader community;

• Moving towards a more organic-site based-decision-making process that allows each school to involve their parents/guardians, students, staff and community to set priorities and determine how best to support their students;

• Improved communications between the district, board, parents/guardians, and community;

• The implementation of a robust communication strategy that ensures the board is transparent in its decision-making role and processes;

• Increased student leadership and student voice.

Caton welcomes your support.

Feel free to contact her with any questions or for more information.

She can be reached at 250-897-0756 or jcaton10@telus.net

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