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Oct 24 Election Day!

 

 

 

 

The following is a list of candidates who have registered to run for trustee in the upcoming 2018 City of Brandon Municipal and School Boards election. The City of Brandon does not endorse any candidate nor guarantee the accuracy of the information they have provided.


 

 

CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE  WARD 1


Lynda Arndt                      Bio & Photo coming soon!

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Peter Bartlette

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204-571-1572

 

Serving as a trustee allows me the opportunity to represent our community.  Good board decisions are made as I hear from and respond to all parties affected by the decisions.  Providing well for all our students is essential.  However, considering the financial cost to all local taxpayers is equally important.  Assessing the return on invenstment in human resources, programming and annual budgets is a responsibility I take very seriously. I am a trustee.  It is a position of trust which I endeavor to fulfill to the best of my abilities.  My training, service and experience in education and board work are solid assets that I eagerly return to my community.  Your school board has worked diligently for more than eight years to get a new school in south east Brandon.  I very much want to see that through to completion.  The board has endorsed a Continuous Improvement Program that integrates Response to Intervention at its core.  Guided Collaborative Teacher Teams strategically plan and carry out work that meets individual needs of students.  It shows great promise.  I want to monitor the return on our investment.


Gerald Cathcart  

Gerald Cathcart      

Business Development Coordinator at Assiniboine Community College          

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Originally from a small town in southern Manitoba I attended Brandon University and have lived off and on in Brandon for nearly 25 years. In that time my wife and I have seen two boys through the Brandon school system.  The opportunity to give back to a community that has provided so much for my family is the primary motivator for my interest in school trustee.

Having served a number of boards and committees I recognize the need for collaborative decision making and the need to hear all sides in any discussion. Often these discussions involved collaboration with municipal, provincial and federal government officials. These experiences will serve well as the Brandon School Division faces choices in the years to come. As a community we will need to work together to find solutions that provide positive outcomes for all students while balancing fiscal realities.

As a former economic development officer I have witnessed first-hand the value that employers and investors place on a strong public-school system, something Brandon does well. I have seen the education system from the inside while working as a computer network technician with the Pembina Trails Division School (Winnipeg).

I look forward to serving the community with thoughtfulness, innovative thinking and integrity.

 


T. Keith Edmunds

 

T. Keith Edmunds    

College Instructor        

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204-725-1295

 

I am running for school trustee because I feel it is my civic duty to play an active role in organizations that perform important functions in our community.  With the BSD, I believe there are three issues of greatest concern: (1) responsible financial management; (2) ensuring students have the skills they require to be successful upon graduation, and (3) ensuring the safety of students, including protection from bullying.

 

Personally, I can bring a number of perspectives to the board table.  My children spent 18 years in the Brandon school system, so I have the viewpoint of a parent.  I have been a homeowner in the city for nearly 20 years, providing the viewpoint of a taxpayer.  My wife is an elementary school teacher (outside the BSD), allowing me to see the issues faced by teachers.  Finally, as a college and university instructor, I engage with graduates of the BSD on a regular basis.  All of these points of view will give me a well-rounded perspective at the board table.

 


Kim Fallis           

Kim Fallis

Administrative Assistant, Brandon University

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I am running for School Trustee in the Brandon School Division because I believe that giving back to the community is important. My two grown children completed their education through the Brandon School Division from kindergarten to high school graduation. I have worked in a post-secondary education environment for 30 years.

I have a good understanding of what is required by students to be successful as they continue their educational journey. It is important that we give all of our youth the skills and knowledge necessary so that can become successful adults while following their dreams.

I am prepared to meet all the challenges that will come forward as the student population increases and government funding decreases.

I have volunteered for many organizations in Brandon such as; Parent Council, United Way, Big Brothers and Sisters, Brandon and District Workers Advocacy Center, and the upcoming Tim Hortons Brier, just to name a few. I have proven my leadership and commitment in the many roles that I have taken on.

I believe that I will be an effective voice and make sound decision on behalf of parents, students, and educators in Brandon.

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 Delvina Kejick

Delvina Kejick                      

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(Cell) (204) 730-4809

 

Community Consultant ie: Blanket Exercise Facilitator, Workshops & Storyteller, MC, Piano Player/teacher, and more

Full Spectrum Indigenous Doula (In training)

Foster Parent/House Parent

Spiritual & Cultural Care Provider (Siloam Mission)

 

Why I am running for Trustee:

My lived experience:

  • A mother of 6 children, whom all graduated from BSD. I have 3/8 grandchildren attending BSD. As a parent/grandparent my passion of how their education meets their needs in a diverse way.
  • grew up in Foster care (60’s scoop) in Southern Manitoba.
  • Foster parent of 12 children and youth, both long and short term since 1987.
  • Worked in BSD, 24 years plus, Project Coordinator/Connector for Kids at Risk, CSPI and BSSAP…Funded Grant Projects intended to network with parents, students, staff, community and agencies creating programs, workshops, events together to support the whole of a family/community in a more inclusive ways in closing the gaps.
  • Appointed to varied councils; former Premieres Advisory council, former Aboriginal Education Directorate council and numerous local committees. This gives me working knowledge of policies, funding, provincially, federally and municipally and how they should or can be used.  This gives me working knowledge of policies, funding, provincially, federally and municipally and how they should or can be used.

 

I believe my lived experience brings a unique perspective to the table in a time when the need for a diverse education system is essential. Education has had a dominant western perspective, and as community diversity changes, not only cultural perspectives come into play, but inter-cultural COMPETENCY is a must. Sometimes dis-engaged students, families may simply be looking for a system that they think is more responsive to their interests, identity and concerns.

Teachers and all Support Staff are what make our schools function daily. Government is hitting education, workplace unions and in the long run jobs. Understanding these negotiations is essential and must be done in a respectful and thoroughly informed way.

 

Community needs to know that their voice and vote matter, so increasing that is important to me.

 

Budgetary allocations, new catchment area boundaries, along with a new school in SE Brandon are huge upcoming concerns which bring about a lot of change, therefore requiring the gathering of information and lot of input from community at large.

 

Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions, your ideas, story, concerns in education and the upcoming elections on October 24th.


 

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Dale Kerik                           

Semi-Retired School Teacher

Residential Landlord

Small Business Owner

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204-724-7700

 

With a teaching background, and having a child in the Brandon School Division I have a positive interest in the future of Education.

 

As a small business owner and tax payer on several properties, I often look for value in money spent.

 

While enjoying my years of Volunteering and a love for sports is rewarding.  I feel qualified to assist in the discussions by listening and asking questions about developing policies as a School Trustee.

 


 Lisa Letain

 

Lisa Letain

REALTOR® - Century 21 Westman Realty Ltd.

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204-730-5202

 

During my career in the Brandon School Division I have experience in the field of Education and Human Resources for 27 years.  I am dedicated to establishing meaningful and authentic relationships, built on trust and integrity.  As a highly motivated individual, you can expect the best possible service in my role as a Trustee. My determination, commitment, passion and experience are all assets in contributing to do what is best for our students in the Education system.  A mother of three with strong family values, I look forward to serving in an area I am invested in and would approach this opportunity with the same passion I approach all my life endeavors.

 


 StephenMontague

Stephen Montague           

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I have long been an advocate for education, and a strong believer in lifelong learning. I am a proud graduate of the Brandon School Division (Vincent Massey). Following high school, I attended Brandon University, receiving a degree in Political Science with a Native Studies minor.

 

While at Brandon University, I served three years on the Students' Union, including two terms as President. I also served as Co-Chair for the Canadian Federation of Students (Manitoba), as well as many University boards, such as the Board of Governors and the Senate.

 

After University, I served as City Councillor (Richmond Ward) from 2010-2014. As Councillor, I took great pride in being able to respond to the needs of my constituents, lobbying City Council on such important initiatives as affordable housing, environmental stewardship, responsible development and working to keep tax increases below the rate of inflation (while still meeting the needs of the community).

 

Community involvement is important to me, and I continue to volunteer my time with important organizations such as the Brandon University Alumni Association, Career Connections, the Rotary Club, the Lion's Club and the Chamber of Commerce, among others.

 

I have a proven record of strong leadership, effective representation, fiscal responsibility and achieving positive results. I am committed to our community and working to make it a better place. As a School Trustee, I look forward to bringing a unique perspective and a new voice to the table, and look forward to working with the community as a whole to continue to improve our educational system and it's outcomes.

 

Please contact me with any questions you may have. On October 24th, make the last name on the ballot your first choice and elect Stephen Montague for School Trustee.

 


 

Brent Morrice                 Photo coming soon!

Electrician

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204-721-0606

 

As a parent of two children who have graduated from the Brandon School Division, I have seen first hand the effects of a positive education.

 

I'd like to give back to the community and see that every child gets the same education my children received.

 


Jim Murray

 

Jim Murray                      

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I have served as a trustee for 23 years out of a deeply held belief in the public education system and deeper desire to see our children and grandchildren have access to the best education we can offer. I have the experience, passion and the drive to continue to contribute in a positive way to keeping our educational system relevant and responsive to the needs of our students.

 

 

 

 

 


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Linda Ross

Psychologist, Brandon University

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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE:

  • I am committed to public education.  We need: educational programming to meet the needs of all students; safe and respectful schools; an increased Grade 12 graduation rate; improved programming for English as a second languate to address the growing diversity in Brandon.
  • Local voice in education is important.  Different communities have different needs.  School Trustees are your local connection to the province, in order th ensure that local education concerns are addressed.
  • Education is funded by public tax dollars.  We must provide the best possible education we can, while setting reasonable demands on the taxpayer.
  • My past experience as a School Trustee will be an asset, with new faces at the Board table following the election.  A combination of new trustees to bring fresh opinions forward, along with the knowledge of experienced trustees is essential for effective governance of the education system.
  • I have been a Brandon resident for over 30 years and have raised two children in this community, both of whom graduated from the Brandon School Division.  I have an understanding of the values of our community and would like to represent those values on the Brandon School Division Board of Trustees.

 


 

Jason Splett

Jason Splett             

Territory Manager

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204-727-0046

I am running for school trustee because, I am a father of 2 school aged children and a homeowner, I have a vested interest in serving children, the community and public schools.

 

I want to be able to share not only my opinion but to be a good representative of the diverse group of parents and staff within the Brandon School Division.

 

I will strive to bring fairness to the decisions being made by considering all sides before making those decisions.

 

I am looking forward to meeting new people and working with other members of the School Board team.

 


 

 Kevan Sumner

Kevan Sumner

Regional Manager, Manitoba Community and Regional Planning

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(204) 573-5815

 

Brandon deserves a quality education system. As a veteran trustee and the parent of two young BSD students, I am passionate about the future of the division. Over the next four years, I see the need for the board to address several challenges to our local education system, including:

  • Engaging with the provincial government as they launch their education funding review this fall, to ensure that we clearly communicate the needs of our division and students.
  • Working with our community as we plan for the restructuring of catchment areas to populate the new school and relieve pressure on our most crowded schools, and seek other solutions to meet the needs of our ongoing enrolment growth.
  • Making the difficult choices necessary to continue directing resources to our areas of greatest need while planning for sustainable budgets.
  • Ensuring that staff are supported in meeting the objectives of the division’s continuous improvement plan, which focuses on improving outcomes in literacy, numeracy, and continuing to close the achievement gap for our indigenous and EAL students.

I look forward to speaking with Brandon residents between now and the election. If you have concerns, questions, or simply wish to discuss education issues, please contact me.

 


 

Greg Zulyniak

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Stay at Home Dad

 

Dear Voters of Brandon,

 

The goal of this letter is to provide to the voters information on what I believe is important to me when it comes to the future of our education system.

 

As a parent, I hope that my children strive to be the best that they can be and lead a happy and healthy life.  I believe that this hope is shared by all parents.  Therefore, the education system must serve all citizens of the community no matter who they are with respect and compassion.  When making decisions trustees must take in account how their decisions will affect not just students but also their families.

 

I believe that education spending is an investment not an expense and we must invest wisely to ensure that students and the community receive the maximum dividends of education investment.  There has to be a serious discussion between the province and the school divisions for a more fare system.  Funding for education should not a political tool only used when one wants to get re-elected.

 

I thank all who took the time to read this.  No matter whom you vote for please vote!

 

Greg Zulyniak CD, BSW

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE WARD 2 RURAL


Sherilyn Bambridge

 

Sherilyn Bambridge   -  ACCLAIMED              

Adult Education - WEM

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204-724-7841

 

During my career in Brandon School Division I have taught Grades K-8, been President of BTA, and elected to MTS Provincial Executive.  I have been a trustee for 4 years and believe I have experience that will be useful to the students & families of Brandon & area.

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Votes
Brandon electors vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors, and Public or Separate School Board Trustees on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 for the 2018-2022 term of office.
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