Incumbent Sheila McDonnell is pleased to announce that she will be seeking re-election as the School District 71 Trustee for Area A, having served since being elected in a by-election in spring 2010.
Sheila has strong ties to Area A, having been a full-time resident of Hornby Island for over 16 years, and now living part-time in Courtenay.
“I’m committed to the benefits our rural community-based schools provide and have enjoyed my work as liaison to Royston Elementary and the Island schools. We still have a great deal of work to do to make the Island schools more responsive to community input and sustainable in the face of declining enrolment.”
Sheila brings a strong financial understanding and a deep knowledge of effective governance and planning practices to the Board of Education.
Her previous Board experiences include a NWT Regional Health Board, Vancouver Credit Union Board, Hornby Island Advisory Planning Commission, the CV Economic Development Society, Hornby Island Residents and Ratepayers, Hornby Community School, and other appointments.
As incumbent, Sheila is well-informed and knowledgeable on current SD71 issues.
“I’m up-to-speed and will continue to provide effective representation immediately. In the last term, I reached out to the CV Cycling Task Force to initiate Active Travel to School Comox Valley, a pilot project to get children walking or riding bikes to school.”
Sheila holds a BA in Geography from McGill and an MA from UBC.
Sheila can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the campaign.