What experiences make you a good candidate for the school board?
I have served as a secretary-treasurer for a provincewide CUPE local that was made up of 14 units, from Victoria to Smithers and the Kootenays. I was responsible for preparing a budget, reporting to members, trustees and CUPE National.
I also have experience in working on committees, making reports at local and provincial levels. I have experience in conflict resolution, as well.
I have worked in the community social services sector for 23 years, a sector that has many of the same issues as education in B.C. — chronic underfunding and a lack of respect from Victoria.
I also have a grandson who attends school in Creston.
What would be your top priority as a trustee?
My top priority as trustee would be to ensure that funding, such as the Learning Improvement Fund, be applied as it was intended, to have the educational assistants that are needed in the classrooms to support our students and teachers.
Does School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) serve the best interests of Creston Valley residents?
I believe that although it is not perfect, the Kootenay Lake school district does a fine job of representing our valley. I will always support public education.
How many school board meetings/functions have you attended in 2014?
I have not attended any school board meetings or functions in 2014. I want people to know that the school board meets every other Tuesday, and that Tuesdays are one of my scheduled days off. If I were to be elected I would definitely be attending each and every board meeting to represent the residents of Creston South Rural, and support our students, teachers, and support staff.