Running for: St. Albert Public School Trustee
Years resident in community: 9 years
Family status: 3 adult children
Education: B.A. political science UVic, graduate studies, UBC
Current Occupation: VP, financial services industry
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
When it comes to elections, all the attention is focused on City Hall; on who to elect for mayor and aldermen. A lot more of our attention should be focused on our children and their future. That is why I am running for re-election and why I ran four years ago. Kids are more important than roads. We need someone who is prepared to take a stand for kids and speak truth to power whenever needed. My motivation is to fight for what parents want, for what schools need and for an excellent education for our kids. I am Wright4Kids.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
In my day job I am vice-president of a $40 billion pension plan for 250,000 Albertans and am responsible for stakeholder relations, government relations, communications and risk management. My education is in political science, finance and communications. My expertise is governance, strategic planning and financial risk management. I sit on a number of boards and governing bodies, provincial and national (bio on web page) and my passion is to graduate students who are resilient, literate, numerate and adequately prepared for a successful future in the workforce. I listen, I advocate and I act for all district stakeholders.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
An important issue for our school communities is the ability to adapt to the myriad of changes, happening globally, that are coming at us at lightning speed. The explosion of technology and social media is changing not just the way we do business but how we relate to each other. This is very significant for our kids. While they are better at technology and more adaptable than we are, in many ways they are more vulnerable. We can only protect them by preparing them with relevant, updated curriculum and a solid set of social, analytical and leadership skills.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Our schools are at capacity now and we have a large cohort of upper elementary students who will have nowhere to go without more high school space. I will press the city for land and the province for adequate capital funds to meet our growth needs. I will work with all stakeholders to plan the schools and programming we want as we transition from 8,000 to 10,000 students. I will continue to listen to students, parents, teachers and administrators to ensure needs are met. I will press for significant improvements to the Career and Life Management curriculum to benefit students.
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