Candidate: Cheryl Dumont

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Running for: St. Albert Public School Trustee
Years resident in community: 17 years
Neighbourhood: Pineview
Age: mid 60s
Family status: Married
Education: High school, CIP
Current Occupation: School trustee
Email: chemar@telus.net
Website:  www.cheryldumont.ca
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/CherylDumont
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stabtrustee

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I am seeking re-election as I am passionate about education, literacy (including financial and digital literacy), and the well-being of students and staff. I believe in honouring diversity and parent choice. I am forward looking and well suited to advocating for the type of education our children need to prepare them for an increasingly diverse, changing and competitive world. I am committed to the safety of each and every child regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, family status, source of income, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
I have served two terms (total of seven years) as a school trustee. I have been board chair/vice-chair during this past term. I effectively advocate for the needs of children, families, staff and our schools. I am vice-chair of the St. Albert Further Education and St. Albert Housing Society boards. I sit on the St. Albert Family Working Group. These volunteer opportunities allow me to connect with and learn from parents and community members regularly. Provincially, I chair the Alberta School Board Association, Zone 2/3 and advocacy committee, thus developing professionally and gaining the ear of government.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Our test results and graduation rates are well above the provincial average. Parents appreciate the quality of education that their children receive in our schools. For many, that is the reason they live in St. Albert. Our teachers are compassionate, well-trained and experienced – so important to our parents. Many value the character education woven into the way we operate. Our schools are vibrant and growing communities that are important to St. Albert. Adequate school sites, particularly the need for a site large enough for a new high school are important to us all.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
If re-elected I will ensure new schools, needed to accommodate our fast-paced growth, are announced and built. I’ll ensure our board appoints a new superintendent who values our current culture. I’ll update our Healthy Living policy addressing nutrition and physical activity and add mental wellness. I will look for opportunities to acknowledge residential school experiences, impacts and consequences. I will work to ensure that students are safe and cared for and have opportunities to acquire the technological training needed to ensure they are prepared for post secondary and employment opportunities. I will work for parents, community, students, staff.

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