Trustee for WINNIPEG SCHOOL DIVISION: WARD 4
Thank you to all those who supported me and helped elect me for a second term as Trustee for Ward 4 on the Winnipeg School Board.
In 2018-2019, I will be serving WSD in these key roles:
I have also been elected to the Executive of the Manitoba School Boards Association as the Area 6 Director until February 2020.
I have lived in Wolseley with my partner Lori and our daughter Shayla for almost 20 years . Shay attended Ecole Laura Secord and soon she will be graduating from high school. I work downtown as a counsellor at a community health clinic and I love to spend my days working, volunteering and playing within the thriving and community-minded neighbourhoods that are in Ward 4: Wolseley, West Broadway and Downtown Winnipeg. The schools located in this ward are Gordon Bell, Mulvey, Laura Secord and Wolseley.
I have a special interest in the mental health of children and youth. Schools play a critical role in the development of children's self confidence, resiliency, problem solving skills and other factors that influence mental well being. I've been able to bring my knowledge of children's mental health to policy decisions, and am especially proud of having made the motion that led to our Safe and Caring Policy for Trans and Gender Diverse Students and Staff. I was also a strong supporter of the development of our Bilingual Cree and Bilingual Ojibway programs These are examples of new policy and programs which serve to foster students' self worth and sense of belonging.
I was elected as your Ward 4 trustee in 2014 and again in 2018. In my first term, I had the privilege of serving for three years as the Chair of the Policy & Program Committee as well as serving on many other committees during my tenure: Finance & Personnel, Governance Committee, and Public Relations. I have also served as the board representative to the following joint committees: Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, Student Advisory Committee, Inner City District Advisory Committee, Central District Advisory Committee, WSD/Winnipeg Teacher's Association and the WSD/Winnipeg Police Services.
I look forward to serving you a second term. There are many challenges ahead for the next board as we continue to offer more with fewer resources each year. The Minister of Education is planning a comprehensive review of the education system within Manitoba. This could include school board amalgamations, changes to funding structures, imposing restrictions on school board's capacity to fund ourselves through property taxes, and limiting our ability to negotiate fairly with our eight labour groups that represent 5,000 staff. I am and advocate for public education and committed to fight for stable and sustainable education funding from the province as well as the continued practice of our communities being represented at a local level by elected trustees that live in and know the communities we serve.