Edmonton Public Schools invited trustee candidates to answer four important questions about why they're running and what they bring to the role.
Why do you want to be a trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board?
What strengths and experience can you contribute?
How would you set and advance the Division's goals as Trustee?
What do you see as the three most important challenges facing public education and what do you believe should be done to address them?
Frequently asked questions
I've been receiving a lot of email over the last three months which I find exciting and reassuring; it shows that parents, teachers and other community members are paying close attention at a time when public education needs strong voices. As the election draws nearer the number of surveys and emails are increasing daily.
I'm sharing my answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in hopes that it provides more detail and context to the bullet points in my platform. Please feel free to email me if you've got additional questions.
I've 'edited' some of my responses; deleting personal greetings, identifying information and repetitive details. In some cases I've also combined multiple emails, and added to them as new information has emerged. The spirit of the response, and my message, remain in tact.
I start every email in pretty much the same fashion ....
While I am happy to share my position on a wide range of school related issues with voters, what is more important for me, is to hear about the needs, concerns and priorities of all education stakeholders. I believe students, families, staff and engaged communities are important education stakeholders. I am committed to listening to all points of view prior to decision making; to representing the wishes of the majority, while continuing to respectfully consider those of the minority. I believe that is the most important job of a trustee. I am very interested in hearing your perspective if you're wiling to share it.
On COVID protocols
On reconciliation and
supporting First Nation, Métis and Inuit students
On the right to privacy and joining QSAs & GSAs
It's also important to note that not all students who join QSAs and GSAs come from the 2SLBTQ+ community. Some students who join are there to support (or learn how to better support) their friends and family members. In cases such as these notifying parents that their child has joined a QSA/GSA would be misleading, and may inadvertently and unnecessarily put the student at risk.
On SROs - School Resources Officers