Party Affiliation: B.C. NDP member
Education: Post Secondary
Occupation: Service Technician Canada Safeway
Previous Political Experience: 2 years President Maple Ridge-Mission
Provincial Constituency, 3 terms School Trustee Mission Public Schools
Residency: Mission B.C. since 1975
Community Involvement: Past coach in Mission Girls Soccer for 10 years.Past Referee
Mission Minor Soccer,Past member Board of Directors Mission Community Services 6 years, past volunteer Fraser Valley
Crisis Line 6 years, Past volunteer Citizens on Patrol 1 year.
Marital Status: Married to Carmen Cairns over 40 years, have three children all attended
and graduated in Mission Public Schools, two in French Immersion
What do you feel are two key issues Mission voters should be considering when choosing Trustee representatives in this election?
I feel declining enrollment which equates to less funding and maintaining and supporting quality education
in the public system.
Why and what would you do to address these issues?
I would continue to advocate for Public education as I have done in my previous term
in a fair and balanced manner. I have worked to be financially responsible in a time
of declining funds and claw backs. Also along with others on the Board looked at ways
to improve academic achievement and graduation rates which is the main driver to go
to a single High School so our Mission students have increasing educational opportunity
in the Mission Public School system. I hope if elected to continue to look at ways to
increase those opportunities by expanding Trades options for students and finding ways
to integrate our High School trades with Riverside College programs and also with those
two schools increase laddering up Trades opportunities with other Post-Secondary institutions.
I will continue as I have in public many times to advocate and speak out about the erosion
of Public Education due to funding shortfalls while realizing the necessity of managing and
improving our Districts academic opportunities within those constraints. I will continue to
lobby the Minister along with my fellow trustees about the importance of investing in our
students and the benefits of doing so for the future, instead of the continued talk of costs
in the short term. I also will continue to work towards having our schools as safe environments
for everyone in our schools both students and employees. I initiated Policy#25 Respectful Schools
and Anti-Bullying and Policy#26 Sexual Minority – Sexual orientation – Anti-homophobic to help
insure schools are safe for all. I will continue to work on an educational component for those
policies in the future so everyone understands the significance of these policies and safe
environments. I will continue to work in a fair and balanced manner with all in the coming
term as I have in my past terms. I hope for your consideration on November 15th to continue
the work we have begun in our District.