In your opinion what is the most critical issue facing the school board at this time and how do you plan on addressing it?
A critical issue is the board’s communication and lack of responsiveness to parents concerns. My personal experience dealing with the board I found a lack of interest in listening to my concerns as a parent. Again during the labour dispute , I emailed trustees, none acknowledged my email. There’s a real disconnect communicating with people the trustees are supposed to be representing and addressing their concerns, including an unwillingness to advocate or take a stance in the labour dispute, regardless of their actual position. The board needs to communicate with all parties involved in all matters, including the provincial government. Communicate the need for adequate funding for our school system. Trustees are elected to represent constituents including students, they needed to advocate when it really mattered.
Public education is an equalizer in society. It gives children, from all walks of life, an opportunity to learn, grown and succeed as caring , productive members of society. The board must advocate for these values and this is something I am committed to. All children deserve access to a quality education to enable them to follow their dreams and contribute to our city, province, country and planet. As trustee I will make this my number one priority. I will put kids first by advocating strongly for them, and do whatever is in my power as trustee to build and support the best public education system possible. In order to achieve this goal it’s going to take a strong board to lobby for adequate funding and supports for students. I am committed to building just such a board by bringing my passion and dedication to this important work to help ensure that every child has access to a quality public education and in the process builds a better and stronger society for us all.