I love this city and the people that live here and want
to see them in the best position to succeed. I believe I can help
the school board to work as a team that facilitates a supportive
environment for students and staff.
I bring a passion for and experience in advocating for
students and in helping to create structure for their success.
I have worked diligently in Ward C for the past 14 years,
the area that I look to represent.
It excites me to be apart of setting the framework for
students and staff to thrive, as this causes families to
flourish. I believe that when families are strong our city
From my days as a junior high basketball coach to my time
as Director of Finance with the NAIT Students’ Association, I
have helped to create a positive atmosphere for “the team”. I
love to bring out the best in those around me, and as a School
Board Trustee I want to see students highlighted for what they
are good at, and celebrated for what they bring to our community.
What I can offer
Student representation experience -
Elected 5 times to advocate and represent students
Elected twice to the student council at Taylor
University College; elected to be Vice President Academic, then
President of the student body at NAIT; and then to Chairperson
of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council to represent the
college students of Alberta.
In 2005, I had the privilege to represent over 100,000
college students in Alberta. During that year there was the
race for who would be the next party leader with Premier Klein
transitioning. I had the opportunity to meet with each of the 7
candidates to advocate for issues such as accessibility,
affordability, and improved measurements for student success.
It was clear through that year of consultation and
collaboration with the 18 member schools and other stakeholder
groups that I had a passion for representing students and
advocating to administration and government on their behalf.
This experience allowed me to begin envisioning how to use
those skills to serve on the Edmonton Public School Board.
Passion to help students overcome
For 12 years I have worked with students who have been
at times in challenging situations (e.g., children with special
needs or learning challenges, Aboriginal young offenders).
During my work as a pastor, I have been able to assist young
adults in crisis, such as facing deep depression and even some
I was diagnosed with personal health issues in my sixth
year of post-secondary education. This experience allows me to
have compassion for students who struggle and find school
I have overcome significant personal obstacles in the
past few years, and this journey has allowed me to discover the
reward of leading others to feel accepted, to understand their
worth, and to believe in their unique talents and strengths
that they can offer to the world around them. My goal in life
is to see others be able to live authentically and free of
shame, and overflowing with creativity and hope for their
future. This goal is in alignment with the district’s heart for
student success, particularly for vulnerable student
Enthusiasm for numbers, strategic
planning, & governance
I was trained as an accountant and worked for the NAIT
Students’ Association as Director of Finance for seven years.
I invested ten years in student government, which
provided in-depth experience with annual strategic planning,
consulting stakeholders, and creating budgets to impact and
benefit all students.
I enjoy meeting new people and would be honored to
represent the EPSB at events, encouraging staff and celebrating
I am excited for the opportunity to tackle a variety of
issues and creatively problem-solve
Mental health challenges, and creating a
safe and supportive learning environment for all students
I appreciate the extended support on creating a safe
and welcoming place for LGBT students.
I would like to see further support for First Nation
students and for the school board to continue to review plans
to see significant growth in literacy and graduation rates.
I recognize the massive challenges that students from
refugee families are facing. I would like to see a needs
assessment for these students to know how to best support them.
Students with learning challenges and special needs
deserve the best environment to develop and succeed so it would
be great to hear the progress in this area.
Staff development and celebrating their
I want to see administration effectively and
appropriately facilitate an environment for staff to grow in
and continue to progress in their chosen profession. From
support staff to teachers, I would like to see them empowered
to thrive and find meaning and fulfillment in their work.
To see more opportunities for staff to have on-going
training and take on areas of leadership.
Our provincial economy has not seen the quick
turnaround some analysts proposed and so it is critical to
carefully plan and make the best use of our resources
When I was Director of Finance for the NAIT Students’
Association, it was a humbling responsibility to know that the
large majority of the revenue came from student fees. I kept
that in mind during the annual strategic planning and budget
process. The school board has a similar role in making sure
that taxpayer dollars are wisely managed to impact students day
to day, but also properly plan ahead to meet the capital
demands for a growing population in our region.
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