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TVDSB Trustee Candidate Survey - Linda Ludwar

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.

Linda Ludwar - Candidate Wards 7,8,9,10,13

It's wonderful that you are doing this survey.   I thank you for taking the time to provide this opportunity for the public to become informed.  I agree wholeheartedly how sad it is that there are no trustee candidate 'meet and greets'.  I also can't understand why there is such public apathy in those whom we entrust $845 million of our tax dollars! 

In regards to a lack of election signs for trustees, I personally get 'sign fatigue'. It's rather overwhelming the amount of signs at some intersections, due to the number of candidates running for the various positions in the municipal election.
For a trustee candidate to do mailings, it would be cost prohibitive since there are over 100000 households in the Wards of 7, 8, 9, 10 &13!  Door knocking would take months!

Ideally, trustee candidates should be included in each ward's All Candidate Meetings.  I hope by the next municipal election that this will be the case.

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I have always had an affinity for children, be they my own three grown sons , my two grandchildren or one of the many students that I assisted as a classroom volunteer or as a leader of a youth group.  Children's thirst for knowledge and their elation when they master a new skill has always been exhilarating to me.  To see their self-esteem blossom after each successful experience is so gratifying.  Unfortunately, due to learning disabilities, socioeconomic problems, etc., not all children experience success in their school life. Bullying is still an issue in many of our schools which only exasperates  any existing problems.  I'm a retired nurse seeking election to be a full-time trustee, who will relentlessly advocate on behalf of all the students, their parents and the teachers, to ensure success for every student.  

What do you consider to be the most important role of a school board trustee?
I think the most important role of a school board trustee is to act as a catalyst between the board administration, schools and parents, while providing for the welfare and achievement of all students.

What do you believe to be the most important issue for the TVDSB to address over the next four years?
One of the most important issues to be addressed over the next four years is programming. With a forecast of more school closures and many under-enrolled schools in the system currently, programming is taking a hit. The board is going to have to come up with some creative ideas to ensure that each school has equal program opportunities, so that every student has the opportunity to reach their potential.

What skills and experience do you have that qualify you to be a school board trustee?
I have had a wealth of experiences that I feel qualifies me to be a school board trustee.  

As a former Assistant Head Nurse on a hospital surgical floor, I was involved in budget deliberations and interviewing/training of staff.   I was Treasurer of an Air Cadets Parent's Association for a number of years and responsible for budgeting for the year. I've had positive interaction and rapport with both students and teachers, as a classroom volunteer for 17 years, as a Nursing Volunteer with the Health Unit performing vision testing/screening in the schools and as a member of Parent Teacher Associations. I am comfortable dealing with crisis situations having worked in an ICU/CCU for 15 years. I understand mental health issues having worked with young people through the P.E.P.P program and earlier in my career as a Psychiatric Nurse.  Later in my career, I became a Palliative Care Nurse which allowed my compassionate, caring nature to flourish and my advocacy skills to excel.

I've held many other positions as a community volunteer working with both adults and children including:
Leader - Scouts Canada
Leader - C.G.I.T.
Leader - Guides Canada
Team Captain - Canadian Cancer Society 
Apple Day Coordinator - Scouts Canada
Volunteer/Fundraiser - Ontario Learning Disabilities Association
Volunteer - Huron County Community Living
Convener - London Newcomers Association
Block Parent for 30 years
Volunteer/Fundraiser - PEPP Program LHSC
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator - Highview/Meadowview Watch

How can voters get in touch with you for more information?
Voters can contact me anytime,by email at or by phone 519-685-3475


  1. Since you did so much work on the Trustee candidate for the past election it would be interesting to hear your views post-election as to why some candidates gained traction and others did not. Why was it that so many incumbents won again? What does it take to defeat an incumbent trustee?

    1. A great idea! Stay tuned and thanks for the feedback!


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