If I am elected for a third term, I will work tirelessly to achieve my vision of:
1) All students find success and belonging in our schools
Teachers, specialists and support staff have the resources they need to ensure each student can learn and succeed in the most enabling environment. Schools reflect the diversity of our community so that all children and families feel included and respected. There is no room for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism or any other form of bias in our school system.
I will continue to advocate for our most vulnerable students, and ask the tough questions about our progress towards creating truly inclusive schools. I will look to students, families and teachers to inform me of our progress towards our goal of inclusive schools.
2) We prioritize our student’s futures through climate action
Under my leadership, our district will be guided by a Climate Action Plan with ambitious targets for transformational change and innovation within our school communities. The Climate Action Plan will create a pathway to minimize carbon emissions, reduce waste, conserve water, as well as improve climate literacy within our schools through nature-based learning.
In addition to getting outside as part of the school day, I also want safe and active routes to school to be the norm. The streets around our schools are safe for children and families to travel on foot, scooter and bikes. I will advocate for each school to have a safe and weather protected place for students and staff to lock their bikes. I will continue to advocate provincially and municipally for improved safety on our streets.
3) Indigenous ways of knowing and being are woven throughout
Our classrooms are culturally responsive environments where all students benefit from de-colonized curriculum and land-based learning. First Nations, Metis, and urban Indigenous students find academic success and pride in their identities.
We work in partnership with Esquimalt and Songhees Nations to build on the strengths of our First Nations students and support their academic success. Reconciliation will guide my approach to all aspects of the Board’s work. As we move forward to co-create a vision for Craigflower and Shoreline schools with Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, we can ensure we have seismically safe schools that meet the needs and desires of the communities they serve.
4) School District lands are leveraged for community benefit
District green spaces and urban forests are protected and maintained. District partnerships with municipalities, First Nations and community organizations add housing supply and childcare spaces in ways that support healthy communities.
5) District governance is respectful, transparent and collaborative
We have a respectful Board culture where all Trustees feel valued and where we work together with our staff to serve the best interests of our students. Our community is highly engaged and this is a huge asset for our district if we work together towards our common goals of student achievement and enrichment. No one in our learning community should feel bullied or harassed. The Board’s decision-making is student-centered, transparent, accountable, and compassionate.
5) There is equity across our District and within our schools
Resource allocations are always made with equity in mind. I developed SD61’s Equity policy which includes a system for annually identifying equity-seeking schools. I need a third term to ensure that these policies and systems are implemented in ways that eliminates the phenomena of “have not” schools.
My vision for SD61 is rooted in the work I have already accomplished at the Board table and in our communities. Please check out my Record to better understand the work I have been doing.