I’m a proud Edmonton parent of two: a grade four student in Edmonton Public and a five year old who just started kindergarten. My husband and I have lived in Ward D for almost ten years. This part of the city has a way of capturing the imagination as well as the commitment to community shared by so many who live here.
It’s really the people of Edmonton who make it such a great place to raise a family and build a home. You can feel the support among families from all walks of life and in so many ways: at school fundraisers, on the soccer fields and in the local community as we juggle child care and carpooling with our jobs and other competing obligations. Personally, I’ve come to a place in my life where I want to do more to help my community and my city succeed, and the best way for me to offer this public service is through our schools – the heart of our communities and our neighbourhoods.
I come from a political family, and can remember knocking on doors with my Dad during his first political campaign in rural Nova Scotia in the early ‘90s. After finishing two university degrees I became a journalist. During my 17-year career (mostly with CBC) I’ve watched and reported on education and politics at all levels of government. I now co-host a podcast about women and politics in Alberta. I’ve spent much of my life outside of school listening and talking about education and politics. Now it’s time for me to bring my skills and experience to the Edmonton Public School Board.
I understand the value of a well-rounded education and the importance of balancing academics with sports, arts and just being kids. I also know that the education of our children extends well beyond the borders of the school – we need our families and communities to have active roles in our kids’ schooling. I know there are some issues that need more attention as well; racism, bullying, kids with special needs, and an increased understanding of indigenous culture — to name but a few. Schools must be safe spaces for kids, which means protecting vulnerable students.
I am excited by the opportunity to represent families in Ward D. As a parent I know some of the issues inside Edmonton schools. I know how tough it can be to make a decision about where to send your kids to school. I know how expensive school fees are and how strapped our system is for resources. There are great teachers and administrators working in Edmonton Public, and we need to make sure they have the tools they need to help our kids learn.
As I continue to campaign, knock on doors and earn your vote I look forward to learning about what issues are important to you and what you’d like to see in your public schools. I’m doing this because education matters. Our kids matter. And our communities are connected by the schools that bring kids and education together.