Schools are the core of our community. Everyone – children, parents, educators and community members alike – benefit by having well-resourced schools where students feel a deep sense of belonging. As a Trustee, I listen, collaborate and lead by serving our community. I am running for re-election for School Trustee for the North Vancouver School District because I am passionate about delivering exceptional learning opportunities.
Right now, what we see and hear from students, staff and parents is a great need for connection. Following two years of COVID-19 restrictions, it is time for renewal. When we are intentional about building community in classrooms where everyone matters – we create environments that facilitate learning, growth and success. Going a step further, by offering a variety of extra-curricular activities to reach different students, we facilitate ways for kids to participate, engage and connect.
My priorities are building community and a sense of belonging in schools, supporting mental health and well-being, and engaging in reconciliation through education.
From preschool to university, I have leadership experience at all levels of education in North Vancouver. My children attended Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool, where I served as President and managed the preschool society for two years. This experience increased my awareness of the relationship between funding and quality education.
I attended Montroyal Elementary and Handsworth Secondary schools. My children are graduates of Ecole Ross Road Elementary and students of Argyle Secondary School, and they have directly benefited from NVSD programs for Indigenous students and support for complex learners.
As Parent Advisory Committee Chair at Ross Road, and as a member of the school planning committee, I listened to students and parents, and introduced new ways for families to connect with each other and our school.
Our teachers and schools have made great strides in introducing elements of Indigenous education and social emotional learning to the curriculum. Both these frameworks recognize a whole person approach to education, which leads to a more positive K-12 school experience. NVSD is a leader in these areas, but with progress there is always room for improvement. I want to continue to support an even stronger school experience for all North Vancouver students, especially Indigenous students and students with different learning needs.
Through my work with Capilano University, I understand the key role community partnerships play in enhancing learning opportunities. Students are introduced to knowledge leaders in our local community who are keen to share their expertise, which also creates career building connections. As a re-elected school trustee, I would aim to further develop these opportunities for K-12 students.
Schools are where most children learn to be a good friend, a volunteer, a lifelong learner and a global citizen. Our schools are collective resources—a strong school system contributes to a healthy community. On October 15th, I encourage all residents of the District of North Vancouver to be forward thinking and community minded. Be part of the process and re-elect me, Linda Munro, as your school trustee for North Vancouver School District.