School District No. 74 Area ‘D’ (Cache Creek) candidate Crista Ross. (Photo credit: Submitted)

School District No. 74 Area ‘D’ (Cache Creek) candidate Crista Ross. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Questions and answers with Cache Creek school trustee candidate Crista Ross

‘I believe I can act as an ally for both students and teachers’

Six of the seven areas in School District No. 74 (Gold Trail) have only one candidate for school trustee, meaning the only race will be in Area “D”, which covers Cache Creek and surrounding area, where two people are running.

Crista Ross is one of the two candidates for school trustee in Area “D”.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself (i.e. background, previous experience in local government/as a school trustee): I’m Crista Ross and I hail from the rural setting of Shelburne, Ontario. From high school, I pursued my dreams of becoming a teacher and entered the profession at the early age of 21. It is then that I began my career teaching in various rural, Indigenous communities.

From 2008 to 2019 I taught grades 2 through 7, specializing in student support systems and child life coaching services. I also served two terms as board member for a not-for-profit child development agency. In 2019 I moved to Cache Creek to raise my family and open Learning Tree Childcare. I am a community leader, parent, teacher, and entrepreneur in child development, advocating for equal opportunity so all students can reach maximum potential.

2. What do you see as the number one issue facing Area “D” of SD74, and how would you tackle it? As a community stakeholder I see some barriers in Area “D”, one being transportation for all children within the catchment area. The current restrictions can be difficult for caregivers who don’t have use of personal transport. Equitable access and opportunity is important to Cache Creek residents.

In-town residents should be afforded the opportunity of safe transportation for their child(ren) to attend school. Working to narrow gaps or eliminate this barrier could also improve accessibility to before and after school programming. Community surveys to assess need, along with careful consideration of policies, budgets, and resources, would be important steps moving forward.

3. What do you see as the number one issue facing SD74 as a whole, and how would you tackle it? Since I moved here in 2019, it appears that key roles, like administration and classroom teachers, become routinely vacant and sometimes not adequately filled in SD74. As outlined in the strategic plan for SD74, staff recruitment and retention is a strategic goal. I believe I can provide critical insight and suggestions, having been a teacher in multiple rural school settings.

I believe a key step would be reflection: are we offering desirable employment and experiences? Do we have ways to gauge employment experiences and desirability? Reflecting informs practice, a process critical for improvement.

4. What would you bring to the table as a school trustee for SD74 that would benefit Area “D”, and/or SD74 as a whole? As a community member, mother of two, teacher, and entrepreneur in child development, I bring a balanced perspective to the table. I plan to advocate for the local community and be a safe place for invested families to confide and trust in. With my extensive working knowledge of classroom teaching and relationships within the community, I believe I can act as an ally for both students and teachers, ensuring decisions are in the best interests of our most valued.

General voting day is Saturday, Oct. 15, with advance voting days in Cache Creek on Oct. 5, 11, 12, and 13 (at the Cache Creek village office) and Oct. 7 (at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Site). For more information, go to https://cachecreek.ca/elections-2022.



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