The last six years as a trustee for the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) board of education has had its rewards and challenges. Working together with all involved is the only way to ensure the students are well served and it is this work and all the wonderful people in the schools and our community that make being a trustee as rewarding as it is. I work hard to understand the issues and alongside the other local trustees we make sure that your voice is heard at the board table.
From the time I started as a parent of a child entering the school system, I have been actively involved. I have always believed the best way to make changes is to be a positive influence and to put the work in that is necessary to carry forward the best ideas. I am continuously open to discussions and solutions to making things better and that is important when involved at these political levels.
Currently, as chair of both our local board and the provincial BC Public School Employers’ Association board, I have been learning how to support and focus the governance role so we, as members, are making informed and effective decisions.
In the coming three years, I would continue the work that I have already begun, with the heart and dedication I have put into our education system from the beginning. I believe in a forward-thinking education system and meeting the individual needs of students.
Supporting the work in our schools to make them great places for kids to learn was the reason I became involved as a parent and a trustee, and it will continue to be my focus for the next three years. Thank you for your support.
Mel Joy is seeking a third term as the Town of Creston trustee for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).
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The Advance asked each candidate for Creston town council and mayor, Regional District of Central Kootenay director and School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) trustee — as well as acclaimed directors Garry Jackman (Area A) and Larry Binks (Area C) — to submit about 300 words to describe their goals, background, qualifications, concerns — whatever mattered to them. Of the 27 candidates, only two, Jackman and Creston town council candidate Louis Mihaly, chose not to make a submission.