I am running for Area 2 School Board Trustee because I believe that the small outlying communities of Alert Bay, Port Alice and Sointula should have a strong voice at the table of School District #85. Over the past three years the current board of education has made some good progress in the areas of student achievement, aboriginal engagement and education partnerships. The alignment of block schedules and programs for North Island Secondary School and Port Hardy Secondary School is a key step in course offerings for students while encouraging team teaching.
The challenge for a small school district such as Vancouver Island North will be adequate funding for public education to meet the aspirations of our students. I believe that investment in quality education for our young people will be good for the North Island and beyond as they are our future leaders. At the same time I believe that our small school district has the advantage of being nimble and able to adapt to our rapidly changing world. I can already see the tradition of strong basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic being expanded to include problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking.
My working background is in small business with an active lifestyle in sports and the outdoors. I bring a strong belief in working as a team to accomplish the work of the Board of Education while also engaging community members to get their feedback. I would like our school district to continue utilizing technology as a supplement to classroom instruction while incorporating more outdoor activities in our environment. I currently work as a business analyst for Community Futures Mount Waddington which involves me networking with businesses in the Regional District of Mount Waddington and the Central Coast area. I think that I can bring the analytical business view to our discussions at the board while appreciating the viewpoints of fellow trustees.