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 Tamarin Martin:
Who are you as a community member? Why are you running for SD 19 Trustee?
I have the experience of working with children as an Educational Assistant for school district 19 and the Childcare Society. I have enjoyed supporting our students and feel strongly about advocating for children and their educational requirements. I believe that my experiences will be an assist and provide another perspective should I be elected to our school board.
If elected, what would you like to achieve as a Trustee?
Our district has done a very good job at providing for its students. Our strategic plan is set to 2024, and I would like to continue the work our previous board has initiated.
Please identify three key issues you would like to advance and how you plan to do so if you are elected.
Student mental health is a growing concern for me. It is important to ensure our children continue to have access to resources and our teachers and support staff are effectively equipped to assist students.