Lisa Marie Barron declares candidacy for school board

Lisa Marie Barron

 

I  acknowledges that I live, work, learn and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – Snaw Naw As, Snuneymuxw, and Stz’uminus Nations.

I have called Nanaimo home for 23 years and am deeply invested in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. As a past employee, a graduate and a mother of two current Nanaimo Ladysmith School District (NLPS) students, I hold a deep level of understanding and passion for the success of our public schools. 

I am a graduate of Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology and am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Community Development. I hold the position of coordinator of a Vancouver Island Health and Wellness Network and have experience in the public and private industry including non-profits, banking, and as a self employed community developer. 

My Priorities as School Trustee: 

  • Commitment to Building Education Vital to the Success of Indigenous Students:

Actions are currently being taken to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and learning into Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (NLPS). However, much work remains to improve NLPS’s relationship with Indigenous peoples through understanding and reconciliation. Positive actions for moving forward include a commitment to building community and trust in our public schools. Decisions made within the school district must embrace and respect the diversity of cultures, languages, history, and values of Indigenous peoples in the district. Ensuring an environment of success for Indigenous students is integral to success for all students. 

  • Ensuring Equitable Education for All: 

 Access to inclusive education is a right for all children and youth, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and physical and mental abilities. My key priority is to continuously improve processes for student learning in a manner that is equitable for all. This will include ongoing dialogue with stakeholders, actively listening to the needs of students, educators and staff, and ongoing evaluations to determine what is required to meet the diverse and complex needs of our students. 

  • Leading through Collaborative Dialogue and Decision Making: 

I believe all decisions should be informed, inclusive and collaborative. My primary areas of focus include: maintaining strong governance on the part of the school trustees; ensuring decisions are made around the physical locations of schools that factor in population growth and demographics; and, long term thoughtful planning for the future of our community. I am also committed to improving the ways in which NLPS engages in community processes, ensuring strategic planning is developed in line with identified NLPS goals, and maintaining a balanced, effective budget. 

 For more information around my campaign, please see my website at www.lisamariebarron.caor e-mail me at lisamarie4nanaimo@gmail.com.