I am a long time North Shore resident (40+ years) and received all of my primary and secondary schooling here. I have lived in North Vancouver City for 17 years. I have three children currently enrolled in North Vancouver public schools (Grade 4, Grade 9, and Grade 12).
I have a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UBC, a Bachelor of Laws from University of Alberta, and a Masters of Law from Cambridge University in the UK. I worked as a labour and human rights lawyer for 13 years.
I am currently serving as a trustee on the North Vancouver Board of Education. The education climate in our province has changed dramatically during my four year term. The teachers won their court battle to have the class size and composition language returned to their collective agreements. We have a new provincial government that has public education as a key priority. In North Vancouver, our enrolment is no longer decreasing dramatically from year to year. These are worth celebrating.
On the negative side, school districts are still struggling with unpredictable and inadequate funding, and capacity (classroom space) issues. In North Vancouver, we have had to tackle unusual difficulties with trustee behaviour. I am running for re-election because I am committed to a fully functional Board of Education in North Vancouver that supports the educators and other staff who are working for the best interests of our children.
If elected, I will work to:
. Ensure our new Board is professional, accessible, and transparent
. Ensure a new school is constructed on the Cloverley site as quickly as possible
. Prevent further school closures
. Prevent sale of public land
. Ensure any new funds for classroom support go into the classroom
. Explore public use options for remaining "surplus" school properties
. Ensure a properly funded, well respected public education system for the future.
"Public education isn't important because it serves the public. (It's) important because it creates the public." Neil Postman, former chair of New York University's Department of Culture and Communication.