School Board: Furness, Pat

School District 78: Furness, Pat - Board of Education trustee candidate

  • Oct. 30, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Pat Furness

What is your background or political experience?

I grew up in Hope and graduated from Hope Senior Secondary. My husband and I returned to live in Hope five years ago, and have deep roots in Hope. I have served one term as a school trustee in SD78. I previously sat on the FVRD in Mission and was president of our local community association for several terms.

 

What are the most pressing issues facing the school district?

Lack of technology/funding in the classrooms. According to BC’s education plan, at least 85 per cent of British Columbians use the internet on a daily basis. We need to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in our technological world. Educators should be given the supports needed for technology to empower the learning process. Class size and composition remains a problem.

 

If elected, what would be your main priority as trustee?

My main priority is always to act in the best interest of the students. Parents, teachers, support staff, administration, and community members are all participants in learning. I believe we need to restore public confidence in the board, which we can do by focusing on improving the transparency and accountability of the board through communication with the community and staff.

 

Why should people vote for you?

I have spent the last three years learning what it means to be a trustee. The first two years were about listening and learning; the third year I finally found my voice. I know the issues that our district faces and I would like the opportunity to make a difference and affect change. Experience does matter.

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