On September 14th, I emailed the London candidates for Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) Trustee. As outlined in a previous blog post, this was done to provide more exposure to this important position and to give Londoners an opportunity to get more insight into the candidates.
Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I want to be a trustee so that I can give back to my community. Public service is a demanding but rewarding job, and I hope that I can use my talents, experiences and abilities to make a real, positive impact.
What do you consider to be the most important role of a school board trustee?
The role of advocate is the most important aspect of being a trustee. The parents and students of TVDSB need to be able to trust that they have someone in their corner, making sure their voice is heard.
What do you believe to be the most important issue for the TVDSB to address over the next four years?
The declining enrollment at the secondary school level is the most immediate challenge facing the TVDSB. The trustees will have to work hard to strike the right balance between meeting the fiscal constraints, and ensuring that the highly valued community schools are kept open.
What skills and experience do you have that qualify you to be a school board trustee?
My experience as treasurer of my condominium board of directors will help me continue to make sound fiscal decisions. My time as president of a local political association has taught me the value of collaboration and teamwork, and shown me that the community is full of good hearted, motivated citizens. My day to day experience as a parent with a child in the TVDSB informs every decision I make.