This is who I am and why I believe I will continue to be the kind of strong, effective trustee you want to have supporting the students in this district.
For the last fifty years, my personal mission statement has been, “To motivate myself
and those I meet to seek out and activate the best in ourselves and each other.” As a school district 68 trustee, this has been the foundation for all of my interactions with teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students and my fellow trustees.
If re-elected I will:
- Continue to be a calm voice of reason who can be counted on to do the right thing for the district as a whole, not the politically smart thing
- Consistently approach decision making through the following
process: research, listen carefully, evaluate, evaluate again and then, take action.
- Work to expand the “Best Me I Can Be” program, which I created and piloted this past school year – See the following three minute video - https://youtu.be/TXJMdOv5hFA. This program is designed to build self-esteem and self-confidence in all students, especially those who have not been reaching their true potential
- Focus on ensuring that more
exceptional teachers, administrators, support staff and senior management are nominated to receive the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/teach/excellence-in-education.
I believe the more we celebrate the kind of excellence that already abounds amoung all staff and management in our district, the more excellence we will find in support of our students.
- Continue to work with John Barsby staff members by bringing
35 to 40 tradespeople, professionals and small business leaders into the school each year to meet with our students.
- Passionately work toward growing our Hul’qumi’num language and culture programs and improving our Aboriginal grad results
- And, as I always do, be a frequent visitor to all of the schools in my zone to meet with teachers during their lunch hour
- By the way, the “Best Me I Can Be” program comes out of the Our Hidden Heroes Grades one to
8 social responsibility and language arts program I created back in the early 2000s and expanded into four provinces across Canada as well as Mississippi in the USA. That program, in turn, grew out of the Hidden Heroes newspaper column and Shaw TV feature
I produced for many years. Meet several of Nanaimo’s Hidden Heroes in my TEDx talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGSkBgiRWqk
- “Thank you so much for caring about the
staff, students and community at NLPS. It’s such a gift having you here … you do so much to bring the heart into everything we do.” – Lisa Robinson, District Principal, Learning Framework
- “You’re a big part of the reason I have been successful. I was very fortunate to have a mentor like you when I was in high school.” – Sarah Thompson,
2006 Dover grad, member of the Rotary High School Interact Club and current Ontario Risk Management Specialist (MBA)