Michele Babchuk is running for re-election as school trustee.
“I am proud of the work that we have done to enhance student learning within our district,” said Babchuk.
“Keeping each decision making process student centered has allowed us to offer a strategic direction that creates opportunities for all learners.”
Babchuk said many of the initiatives in the environmental ethics focus were designed and driven by students.
“This not only gives the students the opportunity to engage each other in their learning but also take their messages to other community organizations,” she said.
According to Babchuk, making community connections a priority has opened up conversations and collaborative processes that have been stalled in the past.
Babchuk is currently the chair of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Official Community Plan, which she said strengthens community collaboration with the school district.
“I believe that collaborative processes are beneficial to the school district, the community and to all our stakeholders,” said Babchuk.
Babchuk said she looks forward to working with the early childhood education community.
“I am excited to work with the early childhood community to build models for early learning opportunities in our education system and continue the re-configuration process, where further public consultation will lead to a new middle school model that will benefit all levels of education in SD72,” explained Babchuk.
Working on behalf of families who have children with special or specific needs are also issues she looks forward to tackling.
Babchuk said there are many fantastic initiatives happening in the district but there is still work to do.
She said she plans to continue to lobby the provincial government to remove restrictive legislation around class size and district aggregates that limit family choices. She will also continue to advocate for a funding formula that provides predictable and stable funding.
She said trustees are an important part of the public education system, and wants to continue to represent Campbell River.
“I have demonstrated the commitment, leadership and experience required to continue to advocate for students within our district,” said Bachuk.