Ideally, schools are a hub of belonging. However, when programs are cut and public education is marginalized, we put children at risk. The school board's regressive budget cuts have exposed negative biases towards certain schools, programs, and groups of students. This administrative partiality destabilizes equity measures leaving parents, caregivers, educators, and support staff frustrated and dismayed.
Such developments undermine BC's new curriculum, which was developed with the recognition that “[i]n all of this work, we need to attend to the needs of the full range of students in BC schools, not just capable students whose social, economic, or geographic contexts enable access to valuable learning opportunities outside of school.”
The BC Government has ignored the crisis in public education for too long. A recent announcement of surplus revenue indicates that funding is available to support the spirit of the new curriculum, which considers the whole child.
We need the political will to invest in education on behalf of all students. This goal will require collaboration with stakeholders, rights holders, advocacy groups, and members of our community to hold the Ministry of Education accountable for their neglect of public education.
Public education is the great equalizer. Our future depends on its resilience and adaptability. Let's work together to make it a priority.
My priorities include full funding, inclusive education, and reconciliation.
I am seeking election to put students first and prioritize equity, including support for SOGI 123 and anti-racism initiatives. As a pre-service teacher with five years experience as an Educational Assistant (EA) and seventeen years experience as a parent volunteer and PAC director, I am ready to serve in the role of trustee.
Despite the best efforts of educators, EAs and support staff, years of cuts are harming education and failing students. I will work to mobilize financial support from the Ministry of Education to protect music programs, green space, and staffing and to provide seismically safe schools equipped with shop, playground, and sports infrastructure.
The public deserves due process. Three years of research and Freedom of Information requests have given me access to undisclosed documents and records. As a public education advocate, I value public process and plan to make access to information a priority in SD61.
Reason for running
It’s time to build a culture of collaboration and work with stakeholders, rights holders and parents/caregivers on behalf of all students.