Why am I running to be a trustee?
I’ve been an advocate my entire life.
Growing up, I had to advocate for and prove myself as someone with a physical disability and someone who uses a wheelchair and a walker. As an adult—I still have to do that—I also learned the importance of advocating for others from all walks of life and in very different situations.
My whole career has been spent working with people to solve problems; to help them navigate the system and hopefully make life a little easier for them and their families in the process and after the fact.
One of the roles that a school trustee has, first and foremost, is advocacy. Trustees are advocates for the public school system and those who live, work and grow within it.
My education, my work experience and my lived experience – all these things would make me a great advocate for students and their families.
I know what it’s like to fight against the odds.
I know what it’s like to go up against the system and hit a brick wall.
I know what it’s like to feel powerless, and weak, and that nobody is listening.
I also know what it’s like to fight, to advocate and push for something and win!
I know what it’s like to navigate the system and conquer it!
I know what it’s like to feel powerful, strong, and that people are actually listening – because I don’t stop until they do!
Accessibility, inclusion for everyone and fighting for those wanting to be heard – these are things that need to be championed and advocated for –– This is why I’m running to be a trustee.