Guelph Mercury Tribune published Friday, September 23, 2022
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION?
Manager of mail, shipping, and warehouse services
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE?
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
WHAT POSITION ARE YOU RUNNING FOR?
Trustee for Wellington Catholic District School Board
WHAT IS YOUR PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE?
Past candidate for Guelph city council, current chair of the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG)
WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN?
A historic public health crisis has impacted our children. My top priority is students’ mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. I’m also running to fight against education cuts, which I experienced as a student in the late 1990s. Nobody should have to struggle to learn without support and resources.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND CHAMPION DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?
There are clear challenges when it comes to diversity. From lack of male elementary teachers to racial diversity in our schools and senior leadership. I live the Catholic faith by treating with dignity everyone I’m in contact with. I’ll seek out and bring policy/budgetary change needed to make meaningful progress.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE ISSUES?
1. Reducing systemic barriers and inequity with strong policy, programming, and process changes, while increasing opportunities for student success and well-being.
2. Fight for provincial funding that supports our students’ diverse needs.
3. Bring further accountability, transparency, and environmental sustainability to the board, and advocate for and safeguard Catholic education.
IF ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS?
Begin to forge a good working relationship with fellow trustees. Meet with and listen to major stakeholders to understand the challenges schools are facing, any inequities of student opportunity, and clear patterns of school, staff, and student need that requires a board-level policy, budgetary, or advocacy with the ministry solution.