Running for: St. Albert Public School Trustee
Years resident in community: 32 years
Neighbourhood: Deer Ridge
Family status: Married, 2 children, 2 grandchildren
Education: Masters Degree in Psychology and Social Work
Current Occupation: Mental health therapist and corporation president
FaceBook: Stanley Haroun for Public Schools Trustee
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
My lifelong passion is helping people overcome adversities and succeed in life. My company, Stanley Haroun Counselling Inc. helped over 20,000 injured and unemployed Albertans return to work. Our children and youths deserve not only the best education, but also the best school and home environment. I’d like to enhance mental health assessment and treatment for our students. Mental health issues, if not identified and treated early, can hinder an individual’s progress in the future.
Our students should be provided with factual information on the harmful effects of drug abuse, cyber bullying, vandalism etc. We should provide them with pragmatic life skills courses, such as, financial literacy, problem solving, job search and job interview skills.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
The management of a multimillion dollar inter-provincial corporation, the management of the first integrated district of mental health clinics and child welfare services for the Alberta Government, budget preparation and administration, staff salary negotiations, job description, performance evaluation, staff recruitment, program accreditation, program design and implementation, planning and priorities, policy guidelines, contract negotiations, project and resource management, ethical governance etc. I have considerable governance experience; chaired several community boards; St. Albert housing society, St. Albert task force on vandalism and youths issues, 2016 St. Albert city council remuneration and benefits review committee and currently chair ethical hearing tribunals for Alberta college of social workers.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
We need to look after the physical and mental health of our students, the leaders of tomorrow. We need to prepare them for the incredible demands of an ever-changing world, the rapidly changing post secondary education and the ever evolving job market.
We have to help them understand the challenges facing our country and the global community and the opportunities awaiting them in whatever career they choose.
We have to prepare them to navigate a complex plethora of technological advances and how to balance them with social conscience and responsibility.
We need to provide quality staff development for excellent delivery, and we need to include parents, students and other stakeholders in the decision-making process.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Enhance mental health assessment and treatment of students. Support gay-straight alliance, support and celebrate teachers, administrators and support staff, enhance and introduce special courses such as; drug abuse, cyber bullying, vandalism and the law, financial literacy, job search and job interview skills etc., include parents, students and other stakeholders in the decision-making process, assert board’s autonomy in negotiations with the province, support the indigenous advisory committee, address district’s high school space needs, address the significant increase in enrolment at the elementary level and plan ahead for more schools and resources.
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