Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Division 1 candidate profiles

Three candidates running for WRPS Division 1 position

Courtesy of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools will hold two elections on Oct. 16 for the City of Wetaskiwin and Division 1.

Due to time constraints, the Pipestone Flyer will not provide coverage of acclaimed candidates until after the election.

Cynthia McLachlan

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?

Focusing on positive behavior to get positive results for everything that is positive in the adult world from perfect attendance to work handed in early, or on time to above average grades. Volunteering in the school communities of arts, drama, sports, year books, helping other students with reading etc. Make it a part of required of education. Pair younger kids with older kids where possible for minor things to get major accomplishments. Build a community that works together by keeping active.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?

I bring some wisdom of the school system as I have been involved with parent advisory committee for a number of years as well as experience with various boards, special projects and committees and have an ability to get things done. I have a passion for learning and perhaps an unrealistic idea that all people want to be the best they can be whether it is as a student, teacher, parent, board member. I will bring a listening ear to the public and a voice to the board keeping in mind the welfare of all students. Every student deserves the best start in life that they are willing to get. The school system needs to continue to provide as well as possibly implement more or different tools to do that.

What other information do you want people to know about you?

I have two kids almost through school now so have some experience to draw on! I look forward to sharing your voice!

Arnold Van Os

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?

All students need to be nurtured in all areas of life which includes academical, physical, social and spiritual. We need to recognize that every individual is different and has interests in different areas of society. The next generation needs to be prepared to take care of the community we are in. Students need to have the option to choose for Christian education.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?

I have been involved in several school boards over the years. I have experience on several other boards as well. I served as a director on the AB Milk board for 8 years and in that capacity chaired several committees. Currently I am a director on the Organic Alberta Board, Youth for Christ and Lighthouse Fellowship.

What other information do you want people to know about you?

My wife and I are raising 9 kids and we own and operate an organic dairy farm just west of town for 18 years and have a heart to see this community flourish.

Lynn Ware

What positive, student-centered ideas do you have for moving Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools forward in its vision of student success in the next four years?

I believe every decision the Board of Trustees makes must be student centered. My vision for our students is that we have only excellent, progressive, and passionate teachers in front of them because teachers create successful environments, in which our children spend their prime hours every day. In order to accomplish this, it is imperative that trustees support our teachers and promote extra support in the classrooms.

What do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role of school trustee?

I have experience, persistence and patience around the board table. Enjoy learning and am passionate about every issue we discuss.

What other information do you want people to know about you?

I had gotten involved with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools five years ago during the school closure debates and decided since I have four children in public school that I needed to stay involved. I ran for trustee that next year and have received invaluable education over the last four years. It has been my pleasure to participate in democracy and look forward to continuing to grow and learn over the next four years as your school board trustee in Division 1.

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