School trustees are an important part of municipal governance, responsible for guiding the work of their school district according to the community’s unique needs. They set plans, policies and the annual budget.
According to the British Columbia School Trustees Association, trustees “engage their communities in building and maintaining a school system that reflects local priorities, values and expectations.”
There are eight candidates for School District 19 Trustee, and five will be elected following General Voting Day on Oct. 15, 2022.
We asked each of the candidates to answer three questions about who they are and why they’re running, what they’d like to achieve as a trustee, and three key issues they’d like to tackle if elected. Here are the responses from candidate Nathan Harrison:
Who are you as a community member? Why are you running for SD 19 Trustee?
I moved to Revelstoke over 20 years ago working as a forest technician, helping to achieve sustainable forest practices in our region. I later worked as a financial advisor helping people achieve their financial goals. I then entered the hospitality industry working as a line cook. With hard work ethics and dedication I became the head chef providing food to our community and countless tourists. Recently I have changed roles which has allowed me more free time to give back to the community.
If elected, what would you like to achieve as a Trustee?
If elected as a trustee I would bring a fresh perspective and forward thinking to promote growth towards student achievement that will be beneficial towards the whole community.
Please identify three key issues you would like to advance and how you plan to do so if you are elected.
The importance of equity, so that everyone has a voice. Inclusion, so everyone has a sense of belonging to the district. Reconciliation, so that schools can do a better job. By listening to the community, parents, staff and students needs we can advance in these areas.