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Powell River Board of Education by-election candidate: Rob Hill

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

I was born and raised in Powell River, graduated from Brooks Secondary School in 2009 and completed my degree in political science at the University of Victoria, with a focus on disability issues and indigenous politics.

In 2018, I returned to Powell River with my partner Delyth and three kids: Holden (six), Theo (four) and Nia (two). Holden attended Edgehill Elementary for kindergarten and is now in grade one at Westview Elementary.

I currently work for Nicholas Simons as his constituency assistant, a job I have held for just over two years. I’ve also had the wonderful opportunity to sit as a board member with inclusion Powell River and Model Community Project.

The biggest issues facing our school district are the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including increased student mental health, teacher and family support; ensuring supports are in place to address diverse and vulnerable learners; and I believe more work needs to be done to address our graduation rates, specifically working with the Tla’amin Nation, as equal partners at the table, to increase indigenous graduation rates.

Voters should choose me to represent our school district because I am progressive and forward-thinking, a strong advocate and collaborator, and I will always ensure students and families are at the centre of all the work we do. It’s why I’ve proposed a student trustee position. As a young person myself (29), I believe we need to have the voice of students on the board. I will ensure the board is transparent and communication increases.

~ Rob Hill

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 or contact chief election officer Cathy Greiner at 604.485.7744, or