Schools offer more than education: they are a cornerstone of our community that provides opportunities for children to learn about themselves and the world around them.
Schools are where most children learn to be a good friend, a volunteer, a lifelong learner and a global citizen. Society benefits by having healthy school environments that allow children to feel supported and know they belong.
On Saturday, May 29th, I was elected to the Board of Education for North Vancouver School District in the 2021 By-election for School Trustee. It is truly an honour to receive this support from the people of the District of North Vancouver, and I look forward to serving my community.
As a new trustee, I plan to listen intently to the diverse perspectives of community members and represent the voices of constituents at the Board of Education.
As a parent of Indigenous children, Indigenous education and support for complex learners are key priorities that I spoke about during the campaign and both will remain a focus for me as an elected trustee.
Last week, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation shared news that Canadians are still continuing to process. Hearing that the deaths of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School were covered up is hard news and it should be. Reconciliation and walking forward to a new relationship starts by having an open heart that is receptive to learning, or re-learning, history.
Learning what happened in the past is the first step forward and everyone has a role in reconciliation. This news also reminds us of the value of building healthy school communities where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike are supported and feel that they belong.
Support for complex learners means providing the appropriate resources for each child to learn in a way that allows them to feel successful. It also ensures that children with different learning abilities are not left behind.
Because I am community-minded and I care deeply about ensuring the best educational experience for every student in our district, I stepped forward to serve as trustee. Now that I am elected, I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow NVSD Trustees to support learning opportunities and outcomes for the students of North Vancouver.