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