2008 Physician Volunteer, Common Hope, Antigua, Guatemala
2004 Physician Volunteer, Fundacion Hogar Del Ecuador, Cuenca, Ecuador
How long have you lived in the community:
Why are you running for public office:
I am running for public school board trustee
• Because quality education is key to the well-being of individuals and society.
• To ensure that our schools are effective in preparing students for success in life.
• To advocate for adequate resources to meet our community needs and priorities.
• To give back to the community that my family and I value and are proud to call home.
What qualities or characteristics would you bring to public office:
- The trust and knowledge of families, youth and children in Banff.
- Experience working on health and social issues for public good.
- Critical thinking and ability to understand educational issues in their larger societal context.
- Spirit of collaboration and cooperation as we are all working to achieve the common goal of quality public education.
What issues are important to you as a candidate:
- Making sure that our schools develop every child and youth to his or her full potential by pursuing academic excellence.
- Closing the achievement gap by adequately resourcing English Language Learners, supporting newcomers and learners
with special needs.
- Providing safe, healthy and caring schools that nurture sense of community and have zero-tolerance for bullying.
- Ensuring that parents and students are empowered to make their voices heard by school staff, administrators and board members.
What is the greatest challenge facing elected officials in the community when it comes to planning for the future of the community:
Delivering quality public education is the focus of the office of the public school trustee and the greatest challenge that the school board faces at present is a mismatch between the demands placed on our community schools and the amount of resources that we have at our disposal. Elected trustees will have to effectively communicate our community needs to decision-makers in order to ensure that our schools have adequate resources to meet the unique challenges of our community. They will also have to be willing to innovate and find resources outside of traditional provincial funding models.
How can people find out more about you or ask you questions:
- stop me when they see me in town and talk to me. I am always willing to listen or answer questions.
- come to the public school trustee forum organized by the Alberta Teachers' Association (date yet to be determined).