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Hilary Thomson

All children in every neighbourhood deserve a great education and access to seamless, affordable childcare.

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Climate Change

Energy-Efficient Buildings & Retrofits

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will work with the provincial government to remove natural gas heating from schools by 2035, with retraining for impacted staff

Urban Heat

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will ensure schools are ready for climate impacts and that new spaces can be used for community resilience (e.g. cooling centres)

Human Rights

Physical Accessibility

Hilary Thomson's policy

Schools should be safe and accessible, and we will advocate for funding to do so. We will bring a motion to make playgrounds inclusive.

Trans Rights & Access to Services

Hilary Thomson's policies

We are committed to policies that promote equity and inclusion for students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression
We wholeheartedly support SOGI123

Anti-Racism

Hilary Thomson's policy

Racism and discrimination have no place in our school system. We will work to support educators in teaching anti-oppression and anti-racism

Inclusion

Hilary Thomson's policies

We are committed to inclusion for students with disabilities
We believe that people with lived experience and their families should be involved in decision-making about programs that affect them

Local Government & Democracy

Public Engagement

Hilary Thomson's policies

We will create an Engagement Charter which is a promise to the public about how we will engage with them on various decisions
We will go on a listening tour to hear from students, parents, educators and the community about what is working and what could be improved

Youth Engagement

Hilary Thomson's policy

We believe students should have a voice in decisions that affect them and we will actively work to engage students

Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Mental Health in Schools

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will work with Vancouver Coastal Health to integrate clinics & schools so students have access to services down the hall, not across town

Public Safety & Policing

Police in Schools

Hilary Thomson's policies

All students should be safe in school but the evidence does not show police in schools makes kids safer.
We will work with community safety experts to develop an approach that respects the dignity of all community members

Reconciliation & Indigenous Nations

Indigenous Schooling

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will deepen the commitment to reconciliation by responding to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and UNDRIP

Land & Governance

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will ensure school facilities and lands to support the public education mandate, and that public land stays public.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Hilary Thomson's policy

We support UNDRIP and are committed to ongoing dialogue with host nations and the urban Indigenous community

Schools & Public Education

Indigenous Schooling

Hilary Thomson's policy

We will deepen the commitment to reconciliation by responding to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and UNDRIP

Neurodivergent Students

Hilary Thomson's policies

We are committed to inclusion for students with disabilities
We believe that people with lived experience and their families should be involved in decision-making about programs that affect them

Police in Schools

Hilary Thomson's policies

All students should be safe in school but the evidence does not show police in schools makes kids safer.
We will work with community safety experts to develop an approach that respects the dignity of all community members

Student Involvement & Engagement

Hilary Thomson's policy

We believe students should have a voice in decisions that affect them and we will actively work to engage students

Misc. topics

Biography

submitted to Vancouver's elections office by the candidate
I am a lawyer, former PAC chair, and a mother of four. I have worked in the private and public sector. I have volunteered with organizations that support children and families, including Inclusion BC.

I am a lawyer and a former parent advisory committee (PAC) chair. As the parent of four school-aged children, I have learned what an important role schools play in the life of a child, and their families.

Vision goals are to:

  • Expand childcare in schools
  • Integrate city and school board planning so that children can go to schools in their own neighbourhoods
  • Achieve inclusion for children with disabilities
  • Improve consultation and engagement. People with lived experience should be involved in decision-making about programs that affect them
  • Make sure our schools are seismically-safe, accessible and ready for extreme climate events

I have held several positions on my east-side PAC, including the position of chair. I advocated for many changes to my children’s local school to make it more wheelchair-accessible, including an accessible playground. I believe the district should have a plan to make sure all schools are accessible for students, staff and visitors.

I sit on the board of Inclusion BC, an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and opportunities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I understand firsthand how tough it can be to advocate for the supports our children need to thrive. If elected, I will prioritize funding enough student support workers and resource teachers, and supporting evidence-based supports and interventions.

I have found tremendous support from my children’s school community, and I would like to see a city where all children can attend seismically-safe schools in their neighbourhoods.

I am running to be a school trustee so that I can help make our district a place where families are heard and educators are supported.

Reason for running

submitted to Vancouver's elections office by the candidate
I am running because we need people with passion and experience to make our district a place where families are heard and educators are supported.

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