Public Education needs your support, so you should RUN!

Rose the dog, our dog runs with complete abandon and yet intense focus.

Rose, our dog, runs with complete abandon and yet intense focus; if you run, run like this: FLAT OUT!

Next Monday – September 23rd – at 10 a.m., municipal council, mayoral and School Board nominations open across Alberta; candidates will declare their intention to run in the upcoming election on October 21, 2013. A scant two hours later, at noon, we’ll see who is stepping forward. This go-round I will stand for council and not School Board. If I could figure out a way to do both I would, but let me tell you why you should run for school board trustee… or at least give it due consideration!

An election (vs. acclamations) gets the conversation going, issues get closely examined; the community talks to each other. NEW this election:

  • Only five (5) -NOT seven – seats are on the Board: two in Banff, two in Canmore, one in Exshaw
  • The term is four (4) years – not three, as previously.

You don’t have to be an education ‘expert’ to be a trustee. Experience on an active board or an understanding of governance would be helpful, but willingness to act as a team player, to learn about the issues – the context, history and complexity of each one – and to have the best interests of all students in your mind and heart – these capacities make for a great trustee.

My past nine years of trusteeship have seen significant change at the provincial and local level. The government of Alberta has revised The School Act; locally we continue with “Inspiring Hearts & Minds”. There is positive change in the district, now led by Superintendent Chris MacPhee. The next board members will be part of a wave of innovation and exciting advances.

Don’t know much about campaigning? There is a lot of help from many quarters. Check on the homepage of CRPS for information and links about nomination, campaigning and other relevant topics. A little shy about putting yourself in the spotlight? Well, it’s a pretty friendly crowd. You’ll get a lot of credit for just coming forward. Civility and respect are characteristic of Bow Valley local elections. Listening, doing your homework and being clear about your intentions will see you through.

I fervently hope there’ll be enough candidates for school board (and council, for that matter) to kick democracy into action!

Trustee Mt. Rundle Ward (until Oct. 21, 2013)

“To empower students to be their finest – Today and Tomorrow.”

« Encourager les élèves à faire de leur mieux aujourd’hui et demain! »

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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