What is your background or political experience?
Professional life – 35 years as a teacher and administrator in this district. Political experience – five terms as a school board trustee and three terms as a board member at Fraser Canyon Hospital.
What are the most pressing issues facing the school district?
From my point of view, declining enrolment is the main issue for this district. As pupil count diminishes, district funding recedes. This causes many difficult decisions to be made with regard to staffing, special programs and a multitude of services. Large districts can weather fluctuations in numbers but small districts can only compress their services. Such compressions lead to the many financial cutbacks.
If elected, what would be your main priority as trustee?
To be an interested board member and to use common sense when a decision has to be made. An individual trustee has no special power; the voice of the entire board speaks for the district. Think of the district as a train: the board lays the tracks, the staff operates the machine and the students are recipients of a wonderful educational ride.
Why should people vote for you?
I think that my background in this district whether, as a staff member or as a sitting trustee, will be evidence of one truly interested in the welfare of the students in his care. Please get out and vote as your children on counting on you.