Kathleen Hawksby announces candidacy for Courtenay school trustee

Kathleen Hawksby has announced her candidacy for school trustee for Comox Valley Schools (SD71), representing the City of Courtenay.

Kathleen and her family have lived in the Comox Valley for many years.

She and her two school-age children reside in Courtenay. Kathleen is a graduate of GP Vanier Secondary, having received her K-12 public education here, which has provided her with extensive knowledge and experience of the district’s public education system. As a student of the district, she had some truly wonderful experiences while growing up here, and it is because of her children that Kathleen is running for trustee. She would like to continue supporting her community so that the current generation of young people may have the same opportunities and experiences she had as a student, and that they receive a quality education that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future.

Hawksby is a very active and involved parent in the district – not only does she volunteer her time at her children’s school, but she is an active PAC member, and is the DPAC vice-chair. She has attended numerous parent educational sessions both locally and provincially, which has provided her with a good knowledge of the provincial educational system and the challenges we still face.

Kathleen began her involvement as an informed parent when her children entered preschool attending the Aboriginal Head Start program. She was on the PAC at AHS and became an Early Years Parent representative on the Indigenous Education Council with SD71. She then went on to volunteer her time on the board of Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry, where she is now their representative on the district’s Indigenous Education Council. Hawksby is also a parent rep on the district’s Indigenous Parent Advocacy Club.

Hawksby feels that strong and effective communication between the board, school district and parents is important, and will continue to work hard to ensure that the voice of parents are heard and valued. She believes in a culture of respect and understanding, and that the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff are paramount to a positive and enriched learning environment.

Kathleen welcomes your support.

For more information, Hawksby can be reached at kathawksby@hotmail.com and 250-218-6375.

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