Dear Editor

Commendation to the political candidates that supported recent forum with students

I wanted to commend the candidates for MLA in the Drayton Valley – Devon constituency for making time for our student-led debate for the Provincial Election.  Connie Jensen from the Alberta Party, Jennifer Roach from the Green Party, Katherine Swampy from the New Democratic Party, Diana McQueen from the Progressive Conservative Party and Mark Smith from the Wildrose Party all found time to answer questions and debate topics in front of 200 students, parents and public.

During this busy campaign time they identified the importance of engaging our students about the importance of making informed choices and selecting the representative who will best advocate for them in the Legislature.  Our students were very excited to learn about issues such as Healthcare, Education, Social Services and the Environment among other party platforms as they generated questions and asked the candidates.

We were happy to welcome students from Pipestone, Falun and Pigeon Lake Regional Schools to hear each of the candidates share their beliefs and engage with each other while modelling polite, respectful and informed discussion.

Thank you very much candidates for providing this great learning opportunity for our community!

 

Trevor Van Someren

Principal – Lakedell School