Six candidates have entered the race for the five Powell River Board of Education seats to be filled on general election day (October 15), including Rob Hill, Dale Lawson, Maureen Mason, Jaclyn Miller, Scott Randolph and Kirsten Van’t Schip.
The Peak asked each candidate the following question:
Why should voters choose you to serve as a Powell River Board of Education trustee?
Here is the response from Maureen Mason:
"Public education is a complex enterprise that extends from the pragmatics of classroom life to the big-picture implications on community health in the long term. Over my career, I have come to understand it at a grassroots level as a classroom teacher, special education department head, and as district coordinator for severe behaviour and mental health, social responsibility and professional development.
"My work as program coordinator for teacher development at SFU, as a faculty associate working in Indigenous and international programs at both SFU and UBC, and through my role with the Ministry of Education at the Justice Institute has broadened my understanding to include issues of teacher competency and governmental regulation.
"The third dimension of my experience as a provincial mediator for the BCTF and facilitator for teacher inquiry projects across BC in curriculum and assessment, Indigenous learning, teacher and student mental health, conflict resolution and building a positive school culture, brings my understanding full circle.
"I can think of no better way to apply this wraparound knowledge than as a school trustee. As an elected representative, my goal is to balance a multitude of considerations in an inclusive and transparent process, beginning with community engagement."
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