Early Years Partnership
Q 1: If elected, what will you do to reduce the rising vulnerability among young children in your community?
With regards to Public Education, I believe in equality and equal access to all of our children, regardless of socio-economic status. As a Trustee and a member of the Board of Education, our priority is to encourage student success and to ensure that every child throughout the school district receives the resources that they require to reach their full potential.
As the Central Okanagan Public Schools already has a policy in place, I will continue to ensure that the school district reduce or eliminate fees that act as barriers to inclusion for low-income students.
Public Education is a Canadian human right essential to the life of an individual and to our communities. I believe that the school setting is one of the first places that children learn to relate to and interact with one another. As a School Trustee these past 7 years, I have advocated strongly for equal access to programs and services for all our students in the Central Okanagan Public School District, regardless of a child’s ability to pay or how to get to school. I believe that our school district is only as strong as it’s weakest student and it is up to us as educators, administrators and school trustees to elevate all our students, especially our most vulnerable students.
Q 2: If elected, what will you do to help increase the number of quality child care spaces in our community?
I do support increasing the number of quality child care spaces in our community. I will advocate for these spaces as it is vital for the development of the children that are in care, who are or will be students within our school district. Although our School District does lease out space at an affordable rate, we have no control over the number of child care spaces in our community.
Q 3: If elected, will you endorse the $10aDay Child Care Plan?
If elected, yes, I will endorse the $10aDay Child Care Plan.
Q 4: If elected, will you advocate for free access to public transit and recreation services for children and reduced transit fares for low-income individuals, families and seniors?
If elected, yes, I will advocate for free access to public transit and recreation services for children of all ages and reduced transit fares for low-income individuals and seniors.
Q 5: The municipal government has a responsibility to avoid contributing to the problem of low-wage poverty. If elected will you commit to adopting a living wage policy requiring the municipality (or school district) to pay a living wage to both it’s employees and contract staff?
The Central Okanagan Public School Boards are already ensuring our employees are able to live in and contribute back to our communities.
If elected, I will continue to advocate for a living wage policy requiring the municipality to pay a living wage to both it’s employees and contract staff.
Q 6: Homelessness and housing affordability is a regional issue that has “spillover effects” from one community to another. If elected, how will you work with the City of Kelowna to support the Journey Home Strategy at a regional level?
If elected, I will advocate that there should be Trustee Representation at the Journey Home Strategy meetings to participate and report back to the School Board on its’ progress. Although affordable housing and rent is not the mandate of the school board, it does affect our students and contribute to their well-being. School Boards are usually left out of partnerships and planning when it comes to other levels of government discussing the housing affordability issues. Part of my platform is to improve collaboration between the School Board and other levels of government.
Q 7: If elected, will you participate in and support the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee - both with financial and staff resources - to develop a local poverty reduction strategy? Please describe what you see as your City’s role.
As a Trustee and a member of the School Board, we can advocate to the Ministry of Education, the local MLA’s and to the Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country City Councils that we meet on an annual basis, to address poverty and wealth inequality through tax reform and increased social policy investments in their poverty reduction strategies.