Party Affiliation: Independent
Education: High School Graduate (University Entrance), Manitoba
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Riverview School of Nursing
Occupation: Retired from SD#75, Teacher Assistant/Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Previous Political experience: Incumbent (one term)
Community Involvement: Northview Community Church, Hospice Volunteer (on hold at this time)
Marital Status/children: Single/divorced. One son (deceased), one daughter, two granddaughters
Social media: Like me at Edie for Trustee on Facebook
What do you feel are two key education-related issues Mission voters should be considering when choosing trustee representatives in this civic election?
1. Financial oversight and stability
2. District standards – Academic, Behaviour and Attendance
Why and what would you do to address these issues?
1. We have just retired the deficit which we inherited three years ago and it is important to me that the board maintains the necessary oversight required to maintain fiscal responsibility. With declining enrollments and increased costs, it will be necessary to remain frugal while continuing to explore and implement ways in which we can, as a District, give our students a meaningful and comprehensive education. I would encourage a continued close watch on spending. I believe that continued consultation with our partner groups will help to make the best decisions on where District funds should be directed.
2. We have begun work on academic, behaviour and attendance standards for the District. They have been operating on a school by school basis and sometimes even on a classroom by classroom basis.
We have begun to work on standardized testing with one or two core subjects at the high school level. With the reality of one high school next year, it is the intention that departments will work together to not only standardize testing but to share teaching techniques and resources with each other. Having departments located in one building will greatly enhance this. Similar methods will be used at the middle school level. Elementary schools already use many standardized tests.
Attendance standards are presently being discussed with our partner groups, and this process will continue with the end result being a District Policy.
Behaviour standards will follow in the same manner.