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 believe that the trustee role is a critical leadership role in the community that serves our children and our future society. I have been a trustee on the Thames Valley District School since 1998 when it was founded. I believe that I have a lot to offer from my experience as a parent to 4 sons, a psychologist and a professor in the Faculty of Education at Western.
What do you consider to be the most important role of a school board trustee?
The most important role of a trustee is being an advocate for the concerns of constituents, parents and students. Trustees also play an essential role in providing accountability to the public for school board budgeting and overall decision making.
What do you believe to be the most important issue for the TVDSB to address over the next four years?
The most important issue for trustees is how to deal with declining enrolment and the proper utilization of our schools, including finding innovative partnerships with the community. We also face challenges in securing the resources we need to support our teachers in helping students with special needs.
What skills and experience do you have that qualify you to be a school board trustee?
I have been in a leadership role as a long-serving trustee and a former chair of the school board on 2 occasions. I am a psychologist and professor in the Faculty of Education at Western dealing with critical issues in programs and policies for school boards. I have expertise on the issue of safe schools and promoting prevention policies and practices. I have firsthand experience as a parent to 4 children who have been to 5 different elementary and secondary schools and I understand the challenges that parents face.
How can voters get in touch with you for more information?