My professional life has been devoted to providing quality education in Delta and it would be an honour to give back to our school district as a trustee.
I am a retired teacher who taught in Delta for over 30 years. Having four children who all attended to Delta schools, I understand the issues facing parents.
My teaching responsibilities included: computer coordinator, provincial examination and scholarship committees, department head, athletic director and head football coach.
I have experience working with students, teachers, parents, and district administration. I understand the school system and have the "skill set" which will contribute to making our "good school district even better." Education is a partnership between the school and the parents with the well being of the child being first and foremost.
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An active father with two children in the Delta school system, I am passionate about making a difference in the community and within the school system. Education is an extremely important focus of mine and is why I have decided to run in the election.
Being in business for several years has allowed me the ability to be a good communicator, develop and understand budgets and capable of making tough yet fair decisions.
Involvement in the community has always be an interest of mine: Coaching North Delta Soccer, I was the food and beverage chair of the Heineken Regatta for three years, participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for three years (captain of a team last year that raised $57,000) and received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Cares Award 2010 for showing care in the community. I'd like to contribute to the best possible school system within Delta.
As a nine-year school trustee, I am proud that the school district has the fourth lowest administration costs in B.C. and I will continue to push for financial accountability.
We need to lobby the provincial government for adequate funding for students with special needs.
The current funding shortage burdens the whole school system.
As a trustee, I declined many political frills such as "trustee retreats," school district catering and using hotel rooms in Vancouver for conferences.
I have maintained a minimal expense account because I value taxpayer dollars.
It is important for you to set a high standard for politicians and you can count on me to exceed those standards.
The school district and council need to work together for solutions and efficiency in shared services and capital projects which would mean more money going back into classrooms.
Please vote twice for me for council and school trustee.
I was born and raised in Tsawwassen and am now a mother of three children in the Delta public school system.
I believe that trustees must be held accountable for enriching the learning process for our children and putting their education above all else.
As PAC chair at Delta Manor Elementary during the school closure, I learned a great deal about our district and I strongly feel it is time for a change.
It would be my mission as trustee to establish a working liaison between families, teachers and the district to create an environment that would be beneficial to everyone.
My focus will always be on your children and I will ensure that their education and learning experience is a top priority.
Please visit my Facebook page at Julie Sanders for Delta School Board Trustee.
I would like to offer my unique experience and knowledge to support public education in our community. My education started in Penticton High School and continued at McGill University.
Moving to Mexico, I created an RAD ballet school and was instrumental in creating The Lancaster School, which today serves over 800 students. Later moving to France, I studied business administration, taught marketing and was database manager for the environment directorate, OECD.
Returning to Canada, I worked many years implementing Student Information Software and authored a book to share that knowledge. Although Delta did not adopt BCeSIS, the provincial education budget and education staff have certainly been impacted.
I believe we must work smarter to deliver education for the 21st century.
MICHAEL PATRICK MACUMBER
Michael Patrick Macumber, 40, was born in Nova Scotia.
He moved to B.C. 16 years ago and to Delta eight years ago. Married for 12 years, he has two boys in elementary school.
He has 15 years sales and management experience in the facility supplies industry.
He notes he has experience serving on boards, committees and associations, in both industry and community organizations. Having attention deficit hyperactive disorder (or A.D.H.D), he understands it is a challenge for students and parents of children with any kind of learning or behavioral challenges.
He says if elected, "I will work to ensure that every student gets the support and resources they need to be successful in school."
Dale Saip and his family are longtime residents of Delta.
He is the vice-president of business development for the WHL Vancouver Giants and helped manage both the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships and 2007 Memorial Cup.
First elected to Delta school board in 1987, Dale is the current school board chair (six terms) and has served as vice-chair (three terms).
He has also served six terms as president of the Ladner Business Association.
Dale currently sits on the board of directors for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Saip stated, "The Delta school district has a long and distinguished history of academic excellence.
We have a tradition of good sound management practices which includes good governance and solid leadership. I will, along with my fellow R.E.A.L candidates, continue to demonstrate leadership by finding solutions to difficult challenges in a respectful, constructive and thoughtful way.
I have always been passionate about public education.
It began when my first child was born, allowing me participation in his education from volunteering at preschool to PAC involvement.
Community involvement started at 17 years old, organizing a teen dance in a very small town.
Along the way, I have gained some experience, mostly in education.
Being chair of Kwantlen Polytechnic University showed me the link to post-secondary education which forged genuine dialogue with our district.
But no one accomplishes anything by themselves; it needs to be a collaborative venture with all partner groups
The core role of trustees is a serious one which oversees a system that motivates students, reflects the aspirations of parents and the community. Here are a few of my goals: Student learning, introduce International Baccalaureate program to elementary schools and fairness in provincial funding.
Declining enrollment continues to create funding challenges.
Asking the government for more money hasn't worked in the past, and probably won't in the future. We have to work together to understand the challenges and find winwin solutions to funding.
Regardless, the board will face some difficult decisions, like how to improve support for students with learning disabilities. I want to ensure that we are looking well ahead to define our challenges and reviewing with parents, teachers and other stakeholders.
Therefore, we can hear opinions, address concerns and consider ideas before action is required.
My background in strategic development can help make the district's Vision become reality.
My background is business, not education. I went back to school as an adult to get my MBA.
I hope to bring a focused, strategic approach and a different perspective to Delta's school board.
Simon Truelove has extensive teaching experience spanning 36 years at a variety of grade levels and in a variety of B.C. schools districts.
He moved to Delta 1981 and has two children and two grandchildren.
Simon has served six years as a trustee on the Delta board of education, currently as vice-chair and Delta's rep to BCSTA Provincial Council.
An avid coach of volleyball, basketball, soccer and other sports, Simon has also served as vice-president of Burns Bog Conservation Society and second vice-president of the Surrey Teachers' Association.
"Advocacy for adequate funding is essential. As well, Delta school trustees must be able and willing to overcome whatever differences we have and work co-operatively for the benefit of every single student. We have one of the finest public school systems in the world and its most valuable asset is its people. Let's build on that."
Malcolm is well known in Delta for his athletic achievements and coaching involvement with running and soccer.
The Ladner resident who was the Delta Masters Athlete of the Year in 2010 is now focused on the race for school trustee.
He started out his working life teaching English and P.E. but is now working in the business world with the Vancouver Board of Trade.
Alongside the main issue of managing the school board resources in the face of declining enrolment, he is eager to see what he can do help with raising the quality of daily physical education for all students in the Delta school district.
He is a firm believer that children of all ages benefit from exercise and would look to influence and where possible improve that experience for elementary and secondary school kids across the district.
He has two teenagers currently in the school system in Delta.
A 40-year resident of Delta, Val Windsor retired in 2009 after 40 years in education, including 32 years as a classroom teacher.
Val has demonstrated leadership in education and in the community.
She has worked tirelessly to support the public education system throughout her career.
Delta students deserve trustees who will:
. Fight for increased education funding with the B.C. School Trustees Association and trustees in other districts;
. Pressure government to implement a new funding formula that reflects the true cost of educating our students;
. Advocate for students with special needs including those "grey" area students who do not receive specific funding;
. Ensure parents' voices are heard;
. Promote open and transparent district operations;
. Work to build community support for Delta schools.
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