Trustee candidates need to speak to more School Councils!

Posted: October 7, 2010 in School Councils, Zone 6
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Kudos to the Alta Vista Public School Council for inviting all of the Zone 6 candidates to their meeting last night. We were each afforded a few minutes to say a little about ourselves and our plans should we be fortunate to be elected.

Following that, a number of members of the Council asked some very important and probing questions, such as:

  • what did we see as the most important and imminent issues facing AVPS?
  • what plans did we have to allow parents to become more involved in decisions made at the Board
  • how can the Board make School Councils more representative of the school communities that they represent?

Good questions, all.

I have to say that Alta Vista / Rideau-Rockcliffe is fortunate to have three quality candidates from whom to choose. Our platforms may differ. Our personalities are not the same. But it was clear last night that each of us is fervently committed to the future of public education in Ottawa. Thanks to Bronwyn and Mohamoud – you both spoke eloquently and from the heart!

So why don’t we have more of these sessions? I am sure that the other two candidates would agree when I say that it is important for parents to meet us and hear our ideas. They can then form an informed opinion about whose name they will place an “X” beside on election day.  Informed votes matter.

Let me emphasize that this is NOT like the Mayoral and Council elections, folks.

No sniping. No put-downs. None of that. We are civil and respect one another for having taken the decision to put their lives on hold for a while in order to try to win the Zone’s Trustee seat – and if successful, putting our lives on hold for 4 years!

So, how about it, School Councils? We are happy – and eager – for an opportunity to attend one of your meetings sometime before the October 25th election, and to let you know what we are all about.


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