Trustee for WINNIPEG SCHOOL DIVISION: WARD 4
A public school trustee's primary responsibilities are to govern, set policy and determine the annual budget for the school division while representing the needs of many different communities. I have only one vote on any issue and need to work together effectively with eight other people representing diverse views from a variety of life experiences. I have done my best to be transparent about why I vote the way I do and to make every effort to be accountable to everyone I have a responsibility to: students, families, employees, rate payers in the community and my fellow Trustees.
Your Board of Trustees oversees the 400+ million dollar budget that provides resources for over 33,000 students, 5,000 employees and 78 schools. More than 25% or our student population is Indigenous and almost 25% of students are refugees or immigrants to Canada. In 2017 alone, we welcomed 200 Syrian refugee children into our classrooms. We also provide many specialized support services for special needs students and enrichment programs. The current board has been very active in policy direction, working closely with our incredible staff and continuing to support one of the most diverse and innovative school boards in the country. Here are a few of the areas we have focused on over the past four years.