1) Our schools are inclusive and welcoming
Teachers, specialists and support staff have the resources they need to ensure each student can reach their full potential. Schools reflect the diversity of our community so that all children and families feel included and respected. There is no room for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism or any other form of bias in our school system.
2) We prioritize our student’s futures through climate action
Our District is guided by a Climate Action Plan with clear targets. We minimize our carbon footprint to limit the impacts of climate change while supporting our students’ engagement through nature-based learning, climate literacy and safe and active routes to school.
3) Indigenous ways of knowing and being are woven throughout
Our classrooms are culturally responsive environments where all students benefit from de-colonized curriculum and land-based learning. First Nations, Metis, and urban Indigenous students find academic success and pride in their identities.
4) School District lands are leveraged for community benefit
District green spaces and urban forests are protected and maintained. District partnerships with municipalities, First Nations and community organizations add housing supply and childcare spaces in ways that support healthy communities.
5) District governance is respectful, transparent and collaborative
We have a respectful Board culture where all Trustees feel valued and where we work collaboratively with our staff towards our common goals of student success. No one in our learning community feels bullied or harassed.
Jordan Watters has served as an SD61 school trustee since 2014. Jordan stepped into this role because she is passionate about safe, caring, and inclusive public schools where all students feel seen and supported. As an advocate for public education, Jordan is a strong voice for a fully-funded education system.
Jordan brings over 14 years experience in policy development, research, and stakeholder engagement to the table. Jordan recently joined the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions where she works in the Overdose Emergency Response Centre on harm reduction policy. Jordan’s commitment to climate action is reflected in her role as a Director of Sierra Club BC.
Jordan holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies from Bishop's University. She has researched, lectured, and published in the fields of Gender, Education, Critical Disability Studies and Law.
Jordan and her family are grateful to the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples upon whose territories they make their home.
Reason for running
I am passionate about safe, caring, and inclusive communities, and I know the best way to get there is by creating safe, caring and inclusive schools. As the mother of three children attending public schools, I am deeply invested in ensuring that our schools are enriched and welcoming spaces where all students feel seen and supported. When students do not feel safe to be themselves, their learning is deeply impacted. I am passionate about a school district where each student is empowered to reach their full potential, and where teachers and staff have the resources they need to make that happen.