Shirley Wilson

Independent for Abbotsford School Board (incumbent)

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Biography

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I am an experienced 17-year veteran independent trustee seeking re-election on the Abbotsford Board of Education. I am non-partisan, family-focused, student-centered, and community-minded. My record stands strong.

Wilson, with 17 years of elected service, remains committed to education, families, and community. Dedicated to continued advocacy for the best possible opportunities to prepare students for a lifetime of success, she recognizes the value of experience and corporate knowledge necessary for the district over the next four years.

“Families remain top of mind in my own personal decisions,” says Wilson, “Our community support and recognition of parents as primary educators of their children is vital to educational achievement. I remain committed to our children and families in Abbotsford.”

Wilson believes each student’s success is supported by having the right people in the right places whether that be the teacher in the front of the classroom, principal of school, bus driver, custodian, secretary in the school, senior staff at the board office, or trustee at the table.

Strategic vision and fiscal accountability are cornerstones for the Abbotsford district, with room to improve.

Wilson has always been known as a strong advocate for families whether through her service in the charitable sector or in her elected school trustee position.

With five terms of solid leadership, Wilson is not done advocating for families and community at the board table. In some ways, families are having an even more difficult time advocating for their children - the district's students - and Wilson is determined to gain more avenues for parental involvement in their children's education.

Additionally, Wilson is elected as one of seven trustees to the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) where she serves as Vice Chair. With 2022 bargaining underway, she continues to bring valued employer experience and Fraser Valley perspective to the human resources and labour relations' role of trustees.

An Abbotsford Senior Secondary graduate, Wilson's two children also graduated from the Abbotsford School District.

On the passing of her son Jacob in 2021, Wilson created a financial bursary through the Abbotsford Community Foundation with the first award provided to a future music therapist at the WJ Mouat graduation in June 2022.

Wilson provides event and partnership specialist services to the non-profit sector in the Fraser Valley. Moving here in 1983 with her family, Wilson enjoys the many opportunities and activities available throughout the community.

Elected in 2005, Wilson has served many roles in the community on behalf of the Board of Education, including two years in the role as Chair, and remains personally active in organizations locally, provincially, and nationally.

Reason for running

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I am running because I am not done, and there is much, much more to do. We need to increase the voices of families and the community to be more accessible. While we don't want to go backward in student achievement, I do want the Board to return to hearing from the parents.

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