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Powell River Board of Education by-election candidate: Brendan Behan

The Peak asked each school trustee candidate to comment on what they consider the most important issues facing School District 47, why voters should choose them, and their background.
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Powell River Board of Education school trustee by-election candidate Brendan Behan.

I care about the social-emotional and learning opportunities for every child in our community. My experience in governance, as a consultant, and personal involvement with boards is an asset. The goal for every child in SD47 is to be able to graduate with dignity, purpose and options.  

I have been working in health care for 25 years. I’m a project manager with Powell River Division of Family Practice and consultant in facilitation and negotiation. Formerly executive director of Tla’amin Health, my career includes academic and clinical research.

Born and raised in Powell River, my wife Janelle and I have two children in the school district. 

I’m known to volunteer often, including coaching hockey, soccer and after school bike clubs. I currently sit on the board of Powell River Cycling Association, and serve on Brooks Secondary and Westview Elementary PACs.

Actively involved with a youth mental health and substance use project in Powell River, I’m an advocate for those struggling with mental health issues.

There are four main areas I wish to champion: We know our children are feeling the fallout of this pandemic; support for mental health must be integrated into the fabric of our schools.  Secondly, communication and collaboration between the school board, parents and the community must be transparent and inclusive.

Graduation rates are lower than the BC average, and we have work to do.

Finally, we have many celebrations to acknowledge, including our teachers, support staff, custodial staff, bus drivers, administrators, and current and past boards.

~ Brendan Behan

The upcoming Powell River Board of Education school trustee by-election will be held on April 24. Polling stations at Kelly Creek Community School, Westview Elementary School and James Thomson Elementary School will be open from 8 am to 8 pm.

There will also be advanced voting on April 14 and 21 at the school board office, 4351 Ontario Avenue, also between 8 am and 8 pm.

For more information, go to sd47.bc.ca or contact chief election officer Cathy Greiner at 604.485.7744, or cathygreiner520@gmail.com.