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 Sarah Zimmer:
Who are you as a community member? Why are you running for SD 19 Trustee?
My name is Sarah Zimmer, and I am a mother of two elementary school children as well as the co-owner and operator of an electrical contracting business in Revelstoke. I have a degree in Anthropology as well as a Red Seal electrical journeyperson’s certificate. I have lived in Revelstoke for the past 13 years. I have also had the privilege of fulfilling the role of an SD 19 School Board Trustee for the last four years. I have chosen to run for trustee again because I believe that it is important for me to put to use all the skills and knowledge that I have gained during this last term. I had the joy and privilege of working alongside so many wonderful members of our school community, who took the time to share with me, to teach me and to collaborate with me and I feel that my having the opportunity to continue those relationships and that work will benefit our school district as a whole.
If elected, what would you like to achieve as a Trustee?
As a school trustee, our main objective is to ensure that the principles outlined in our district Mission, Vision and Values (see the SD19 homepage) continue to evolve and reflect the needs and aspirations of our school community. These principles guide us while we strive to create and support a school environment that inspires a passion and joy for learning in our students. Trustees help to establish the district’s strategic direction as well acting as financial stewards. As trustee I would like to further the work of the last four years with my focus continuing to be centered on a foundation of inclusion, equity, environmental stewardship, innovation, resilience and reconciliation. I am honoured to have been, and hopefully continue to be, a part of a community of adults whose primary goals are to promote the wellbeing and growth of our children in their social, emotional, physical and academic spheres.
Please identify three key issues you would like to advance and how you plan to do so if you are elected.
My work as a trustee has never been about furthering my own agenda because I feel that it is more important to listen, learn and collaborate. Certainly, there are things that I care about deeply and this is because I feel that they are good for children, good for our public school system and good for our community and the world as a whole. For example, helping to create a school environment that is inclusive, promotes equity and combats bias, that brings reconciliation to the forefront and values and promotes Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, that embraces the ideas and practical application of environmental stewardship, innovation and resilience are all things that I would like to see continue to grow in our school district. I do this work not only at regular board meetings but by also by serving as a trustee representative on numerous school district committees, and moreover by always striving to understand the background of any issue, by asking questions, by seeking multiple answers and always weighing the outcome or effects with this question in mind, ‘how will this good for kids?’. Thank you for taking the time to read my answers and thank you for considering me when you are filling out your ballot on voting day.