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Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
Retired Vancouver teacher and teacher union activist ready to be a progressive voice on school board. I am committed to play an active role on making our schools more inclusive, safe, and equitable for all.

As a Vancouver School Board Trustee. I will work to develop, and achieve, a vision that would make our schools more inclusive, safe, and equitable for all. I will work to re-vitalize parent, staff, student, and community engagement in voice and decision making. I will work to build relationships with fellow trustees. Together, we can move forward in creating a school system where students thrive and where positive connections are made with parents, students, staff, and the community each school serves. Relationships matter. It is through this collective action that we will achieve a better school system.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

-born, raised, and attended Seymour and Queen Alexandra Elementary Schools and Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver’s east side neighborhoods

-currently living in the Hastings Sunrise neighborhood

-parent of a child who attended Franklin Elementary and Templeton Secondary

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

-over 30 years teaching in Vancouver’s elementary and secondary schools, adult education, and online programs

-Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from UBC

ADVOCACY EXPERIENCE

-over 30 years of extensive union activism:

-currently school Anti-Racism lead teacher and chair of school’s Calls to Action Committee

-currently Parent Advisory Committee teacher liaison

-currently teacher representative on BC Labour Heritage Center’s Education Committee

-currently director of BC Teachers Federation Assistance Society

-Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association (VESTA) President and Vice President

-VESTA Status of Women Chair, Anti-Racism Chair, Bargaining Chair

-teacher representative on Vancouver School Board’s Employment Equity, Facilities Planning Committee, Student Learning and Well-Being Committee, and Personnel Committee

-BC Teachers Federation Executive Member at Large

-Provincial BCTF Bargaining Co-Chief Negotiator bargaining equity teacher hiring language

-School based Union Staff Representative for over twenty-five years

-Succeeded in organizing and establishing twinning of Mexico City’s Section 9 Teachers Union with the Vancouver Elementary School Association, 1999

-Canadian Delegate and guest speaker to two Tri-National Coalition to Defend Public Education Conferences to respond to NAFTA’s neo-liberal impacts on education, 2000

-Teacher delegate to Summit of the America’s in Quebec City to protest the Free Trade of the Americas (FTTA),2000

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Coastal Jazz Volunteer

Vancouver International Film Festival Volunteer

PUSH Festival Volunteer

FRINGE Festival Volunteer

Reason for running

submitted by the candidate or their team
I have 35 years of experience as a Vancouver teacher who has taught every grade from K to 12 as well as in our adult education system. I have also been a teacher activist my entire career. Electing me to serve as your school trustee would be an asset to providing leadership.

I'm not afraid of hard work or asking hard questions. I want to use my skills and experience to build and lead a stronger school board that will enable our students to develop the skills they need to build a better future for themselves and all of us.