School District 19 trustee candidate profiles: Sasha-Emily Walsh

As part of the Mountaineer's coverage of the upcoming municipal election, we asked candidates to share key issues they'd like to tackle if voted in as trustees on the board of education.

Sasha-Emily Walsh is running for SD 19 Board of Education Trustee. Photo: Sasha-Emily Walsh

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 Sasha-Emily Walsh:

Who are you as a community member? Why are you running for SD 19 Trustee?

I have lived in Revelstoke for the past 17 years, over that time I have shared in the values our town holds for strong community engagement, reciprocity and being of service to community members. I am a mother, I have children in elementary and high school, I attend PAC meetings, I coach soccer, and I am a member of the soccer board. You may have seen me at the Revelstoke library where I work; I value connecting with the diversity that is Revelstoke. Part of my work involves attending kindergarten and preschool classes as part of the storytime team; it is a joy to see kids engage and grow with music and stories. I appreciate Revelstoke values supporting and lifting our community through things like free clothing exchanges and volunteer groups that help support community elders. This sort of giving back and service to the community is why I am running for trustee. I am invested in collaborating with community partners to support our children in reaching their full potential. We have a school community that is recognized for its connections, partnerships and high levels of student success, and I am committed to continuing the great work that has already been happening.

If elected, what would you like to achieve as a Trustee?

I believe the vision for SD 19 says it all: “Our school community is engaged in the pursuit of learning and knowledge that focuses on each individual developing to their potential and contributing to the well-being of all.” I would like to support this vision by gathering input from parents and collaborators; and seeking to understand their perspectives. I will work to understand our current strategic plan, how it sets the goals of the district, and our budget priorities for Revelstoke. I am grateful for the experience among the board members and I’m equally excited to bring a fresh perspective. I understand the need to work cohesively with fellow trustees and the board. I want to keep growing the level of success we already have.

Please identify three key issues you would like to advance and how you plan to do so if you are elected.

Three key issues I am interested in advancing include: 1) Enhancing the strengths that our schools, teachers, administrators, families and community possess, and using these to tackle issues that impact our school and community. 2) Assessing and responding to the effects the pandemic has had on our school community. This might include exploring more programs and spaces for young learners to socialize and play, connecting elementary and high school parents to resources that build their children’s and teens’ resilience. 3) Finding ways to support the children of our community as their families struggle with the rising cost of living. This could look like connecting with the community to ensure schools are able to support children with their basic needs.

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Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.