The North Island is currently well served by its Board of Education and CEO/ Superintendent and senior management staff, and excellent teachers. It has been my privilege to be at the Board table and to help shape the dynamic changes which are ongoing. We have raised the First Nations graduation rate to 71 per cent and have been recognized by the Provincial Government for our leadership and focus on how to best serve our Aboriginal students.
Another area of success is the Connections program where students partner with local businesses and find their “niche”. For example, one student while visiting an engineering firm found his passion for mechanics and was taken on as an apprentice. These high school initiatives helps us address the need to keep our graduates in the North Island.
I was a Faculty Associate at S.F.U. and was responsible for student teachers. While there, I was a Research Associate to the Professor for Early Childhood Education. The ‘Namgis Band hired me to teach in their Secondary Program. These experiences enrich my ability to serve our students.
At the Board table I always research and am knowledgeable about issues. In my six years as a Trustee, I have a 100 per cent attendance at Board meetings and have been articulate and a good team player.
I look forward to the challenges of serving Port Alice, Sointula, and Alert Bay and will bring my experience and skills to serve the students well.
Eric Hunter, B.A, (UBC), Cert Ed, (UBC), Faculty Assoc (SFU)