I’d like to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as an Edmonton Public School Board Trustee in the upcoming election.
It is with gratitude and appreciation that I look upon the time I have served in this role and to have had the incredible honour of representing the students, families and communities of Ward C. And it is with gratitude and hope that I will continue to serve as your Trustee for the coming months.
Representing you on the school board has been inspiring, humbling, challenging, and one of the highest honours. For me, it has and will continue to be, an act of love.
I ran for Trustee because I love my children’s community schools. As I continued in this work, this love expanded, as I saw the incredible work happening in our schools, the care and dedication of teachers and school staff and the communities and families who support them. My favourite moment of being a Trustee was reading to a grade six class of students, who were supported with care by their teacher, and multiple educational assistants, who talked with me about their life and their opinions on what needed to change to make education better for them.
There are still many things that need to be made better, and the pandemic has laid bare many inequities in our society and our schools. I believe that this can change, because I’ve been fortunate enough to witness those working hard to make change.
I’m hopeful I was able to be a part of some positive changes in my time on the board – I’ve certainly tried hard to do that. And it has been a wonderful learning experience. I’ve learned about the fierceness of parent advocacy, the importance of schools as the heart of a community, the heart-and-soul dedication of those serving students in EPSB schools, and the importance of a democratically elected school board to public education.
I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who supported me to run for public office, who trusted me with their votes, who trusted me to talk with about their concerns, and who trusted that we could discuss important issues and hear each other even when we don’t agree.
I’ll be working to support thoughtful and caring people to run for Trustee in the next election, and I’m happy to talk with you if you’ve thought about running. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to continuing to serve you in this role. Please continue to reach out and talk with me, and I hope you do the same for the person who holds this job in the next term – it is the most important part of the work to support students.