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Sheelah Donahue

Independent for West Vancouver School Board (incumbent)
The central role of a trustee is good governance. I support policy that is firmly centred on student achievement and adds sustainable value to the experience of our diverse learners and staff.

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Biography

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My husband Chuck and I raised our sons in West Van. I'm a staunch advocate for public ed and have a BA in English Literature from SFU. I worked in the insurance industry for 15 years and was a coach and director of WVMHA, and Little League. I'm also a Historical Society director.

I am co-chair of the school board and chair of Audit Committee. Last year I was elected to our BC Trustees Association metro branch executive. I collaborate with colleagues from Metro Vancouver to advocate for issues common to our region. The mentorship I’ve received has been invaluable both as a new trustee, and today.

This year my metro peers elected me to the provincial learning committee. PLC helps set the course for trustee orientation and professional development throughout BC. I am part of the Metro English Language Learners Consortium. This group is made up of teachers, staff, SWIS workers, trustees and administrators. We work toward common goals and advocate with Provincial and Federal government to ease the transition for students and families new to Canada.

I am also co-chair of joint traffic and safety, along with a municipal councillor, our DPAC rep, bylaw, police, and engineering and facilities staff. Speed bumps, safety blitzes, and flashing crosswalks are some of the tangible results of this work. There’s much more to do, particularly around improving public transit, and safe biking and walking, and I hope to continue this work for our students and families.

Please visit www.sheelahdonahue.com and https://westvancouverschools.ca/board-of-trustees to learn more about me.

Reason for running

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I do this work because I love our community and I believe in public education. A thriving public system benefits everyone, not just those who have children in schools.

I want to help keep public education great here in our district, for our families and for our staff and students. I want to protect what's good about our school system, be part of solutions where there are challenges, and work for positive change that honours newcomers, the people who came before us, and the history of this land.

I want to protect our programs of excellence. Our academic offerings are second to none. AP, IB, French Immersion, we offer something for everyone including our many clubs and academies—like robotics and fencing, and music programs that enrich the lives of so many.

The learning outcomes and lives of our students are diverse, and we must ensure that everyone, including those without designations, receives the support they need. These are the things that are important to our parents and these are the things we need to protect.

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