My name is Carol Prescott and I have had the honour of representing Port Alice, the students and parents of Vancouver Island North District for the past three terms. I have served on committees each year including being a representative for our First Nations Education Council.
I feel the greatest challenge our district will face in the next four-year term is lack of funding. My financial background allows me to make informed decisions balancing student needs and available funding. I will continue to lobby the government for additional funding for our outlying schools so the students in them have the same education opportunities as all students in our province. We must recognize the need for smaller class sizes when there are more than two grades in a classroom. I will also lobby for increased support for our students that require extra help in the classroom.
I believe we have to celebrate and take advantage of the opportunities that only small districts have. We can ensure our students have opportunities for individualized learning and our environment is a great resource that can be used to our advantage. I support outdoor activities, nature studies and art at all levels in our district.
In addition to supporting education in Port Alice, I commit to travel to the community that does not have a representative at least once per month, and to attend community events so I can represent their interests at the board table.
I appreciate your support in the upcoming election.