1. How long have you lived here? I was a student at both Ashcroft elementary & Ashcroft Secondary and have lived in Ashcroft for 30 years.
2. What is your occupation? I am self employed as an active living Coach.
3. Have you done any volunteer work here? Which group(s)? For more than 20 years I have been volunteering in Ashcroft for various groups: Ash. Secondary – Basketball Coach & Athletic Director; Ash. Elementary – school-wide active events; P.A.C – Fun Fair events, schools implementation committee; Sage Hills Church – Youth Leader; Desert Hills Tri Club – Kids’ Triathlon; Ashcroft & District Lions Club – Skip’s Run; Etc.
4. Have you served before on a Town Council or School Board? As an Executive Assistant on staff, I served the Board of School Trustees including regular and closed meetings, Education meetings, Policy development and other school board related items. As a volunteer, I worked on the Ashcroft Implementation Committee, (sub-committee of the Board of School Trustees).
5. Which issues are most important to you? Most important to me is providing youth with opportunities to develop into the best version of themselves. A challenge in rural communities is finding a way to offer appropriate core and elective course options so that students will be prepared for their chosen field. Another issue of impact now is the amalgamation of Ashcroft’s two schools and the subsequent loss of the elementary school. I would like to play a key role in assisting students, staff and the community in this transition and to make the transition a positive one for all.
6. How would you address them? “It takes a community to raise a child” is a statement I believe to be true and when we work together, investing in our youth, we guide them to be their best. Core subjects such as reading writing and arithmetic are crucial foundations, but equally important is preparing and training youth for the work force, to think creatively, critically and compassionately. I will promote the concept of a community school as well as support the on-going Trades program. Not only will the “community school” model provide more quality education and choice for students, but it will also enhance the role of the school in our community.
7. Additional comments: I would be honoured to receive your vote. Your vote makes a difference for our youth and our community.