Mossman has 15 years as PAC member

School District 23: Mossman, Lee-school trustee candidate for Kelowna seat on school board.

  • Nov. 3, 2014 8:00 a.m.

1) Why do you feel school boards are still relevant today given how much control the provincial government maintains over education spending?

School Baords are relevant because they reflect the real world needs and challenges of the community that the Provincial Government couldn’t possibly have.


2) What personal characteristics or background do you possess that make you an ideal candidate for school trustee?

I have 15 years of experience as a PAC member and Executive Board at KSS and I volunteered in numerous capacities during that time. That experience combined with my 20 years of Labour Relations, negotiations, mediation and arbitration give me the confidence to take on the challenges before our District. I have a track record of finding positive resolves to difficult situations.

3)Do you now have or have you had children enrolled in the public school system? If so, what has that experience as a parent taught you about what the school board’s priorities should be?

Having been closely involved while my two daughters went through school, I was able to see first hand some of the challenges and successes in those schools. What stays with me still is seeing how some kids were unable to get the time and resources necessary to help them achieve their goals. Our priorities should be ensuring all kids get a quality education.

4) Enrolment overall in private schools has shown an increase in recent years both locally and provincially.  What do you think the school board should or can do to restore what perhaps is a reflection of lost confidence in the public school system?

This trend is a reflection of the underfunding of our public schools. Some parents that have the means are seeing the erosion of resources in the public system and have decided to choose other options.


5) Why do you want to be a school trustee?

I have a deep appreciation for the wonderful work that Teachers, Principals, support staff and Board members do for our schools and I want to bring a fresh approach that advocates strongly for a great Public School system.


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