Joyce McMann is running for re-election to the board of education.
“I am honoured to have served on the board of education for School District 72 this past term,” McMann says. “I have learned a tremendous amount about our schools and the governance of School District 72. I am reassured by the earnest commitment and competence of the leadership and frontline work that makes up our education services. I am also more aware of the critical role that trustees play in sustaining a public education system that is rooted in the values and culture of the communities it serves.”
McMann grew up in Campbell River and has worked with children and their families in the community for about 40 years. McMann says her experience and training has confirmed her commitment to the critical importance of early childhood development in setting a trajectory for lifelong learning and success, and, now, early learning falls under the mandate of boards of education.
“Research confirms that a child’s first and most powerful learning takes place within their families,” McMann says. “Strong, positive relationships between families, schools and community are essential to focusing on the growth of each child toward an adult life of success and well-being. In this light, I strongly support the focus on enhancing community connections.”
McMann has participated in the community in a variety of roles over the years. Currently, she sits on the Community Council of Partners for Success By 6, the City Community Advisory Committee, Literacy Now, the Early Care and Learning Coalition, the Early Childhood Development Table, and the Campbell River Child Care Society. McMann has also represented the board around the CORE Pro. D. Table.
“Most importantly, I will continue to learn from my day-to-day work with families and use this awareness, if re-elected, in the decisions the board makes in pursuit of success for all learners,” McMann says. “I believe in the strength that comes from schools and the District bringing their expertise and resources to a collaborative community approach to the challenges that face us in striving for excellence.
“In this pursuit, I am excited by the opportunity re-configuration will provide us in working with the community toward enhancing our learning environment models, and the collaboration that is already seeing innovation take hold in schools around environmental thoughtfulness.”
McMann says advocacy is part of her history, and it will continue to be a role necessary for trustees, particularly in seeking predictable, stable and adequate funding to meet the board’s goals for all the community’s learners.
“I believe that public education is a critical component in our vision for our community, democracy, and, ultimately, how our world moves forward,” McMann says. “I believe in the power of public education to sustain, enrich, and influence our individual and collective future. With your support, I would like to continue to work on behalf of children and families at the Board table.”