Safe, inclusive learning environments enable students to thrive socially, emotionally, academically and physically.
In order to achieve SAFETY in schools. We must address and commit to :
*seismic remediation - advocate for the specific needs of Richmond; liquefaction and flooding
*ventilation and condition of our buildings - continue to monitor and upgrade where necessary
*follow health and wellness protocols (PHO, VCH, and District)
*continue and expand our school food and meal programs
Equity & Inclusion
*implement recommendations from our Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Diversity Anti Racism advisory committees to ensure everyone’s needs are not only recognized but respected
*actively support the unique needs of vulnerable children
Mental Health and wellness
*focus on the development of social, emotional skills which promote positive mental health
*increase student support with community agencies
*focus on illicit drug awareness
*continue with HR wellness support for employees
We need to embrace and build on our partnerships and together we can raise awareness, improve understanding and build confidence and trust in what we are doing to make our schools safe for everyone.
Heather has used her broad experience to bring a unique perspective to the Board. She chaired the Education Committee and was actively involved on all Board standing committees including the District Strategic plan. She has been a representative on the District SOGI Advisory Committee, City of Richmond’s Child Care Development Advisory, Sister City and Council Board Liaison Committees.
As a critical thinker with a strong work ethic, Heather continually seeks out new perspectives to help guide her decision making.
Heather aims to ensure effective communication between the Board and the community. She emphasizes the importance of accurate information being provided in a timely manner.
She believes strongly in the importance of fostering connections across all parts of the District.