The Quesnel Observer asked all SD28 candidates the same four questions. They were limited to 300 words.
Donelly Clement declined to participate, while the remaining 12 candidates provided answers to these questions: A. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? B. What prompted you to run for school board? C. What do you feel are some of the challenges/concerns facing School District 28? D. How do you plan to address those challenges? E. What are a few fun facts about yourself?
A. I grew up in Quesnel and my husband and I are now raising our family here along with our new puppy Scout and emotional support fish. I have lived, studied and worked in many beautiful communities in B.C. and in over 45 countries, so have been involved in a variety of education systems. I bring a unique perspective and insight as a parent, student and teacher.
My passion for education is deeply personal as a mom to two school-aged children.
B. I believe in the genius of children and want to advocate for a strong and diverse education system that recognizes and supports every student and their unique abilities, interests and passions. My areas of interest in education are vast and broad. They include, but are not limited to early childhood education, equity in education, teacher professional development and nature-based education. I am passionate about working collaboratively, investing in and listening to the community, and being a member of a team.
C. Recruitment and retention of teachers and student supports. Lack of supports for mental health, social / emotional needs of children. Lack of funding. Infrastructure issues. Technology and our ability to better prepare students for 2030. Encouraging parent and family involvement in students’ education.
D. By listening and learning and helping to foster an atmosphere that will promote dialogue. By striving for progress over perfection. By working together. By viewing all issues through the lens of improving student achievement and by ensuring we listen to student voices which are at the heart of it all. By working collaboratively with the team who sits on the board, building collaborative relationships with key interested parties and contributing to well-informed decision-making and advocacy.
I am a lifelong learner and love education. I speak French and Spanish and continue to learn and study.
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