Candidates for School Trustee

The nine elected School Trustees are independent of City Council, and provide education services to students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as adult learning centres.

The views expressed in these profiles are the views of the candidates and they are not endorsed by the City of Vancouver. The profiles are reproduced verbatim as submitted by the candidates and the content has not been altered in any way by the City.

Candidates are listed alphabetically. Select 'show more' to view candidate details.

Vision Vancouver

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BACCHUS, Patti

Patti Bacchus was elected to the Vancouver School Board in 2008. As Board chair, Patti is recognized province wide as a strong and articulate advocate for Vancouver’s public schools.

 Named as one of BC’s Top 100 Influential Women by the Vancouver Sun, Patti listens to parents, students and communities and has worked to successfully minimize the impact of provincial funding shortfalls on classrooms and has secured additional provincial funding for Vancouver schools.

Patti has worked alongside her colleagues and community members to develop plans for Vancouver’s first Aboriginal-focussed school of choice and an Early Mandarin Bilingual program.

A long-time advocate for school seismic safety, Patti continues to focus on getting all at-risk schools upgraded and improving school emergency preparedness.

 Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of Victoria and Langara College, Patti is married to Lee Bacchus and has a grown stepdaughter and two school-aged children.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: patti.bacchus@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca​

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NPA

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 BALLANTYNE, Fraser

Fraser Ballantyne has 35-years experience in education as a Teacher, Counselor, School Administrator and Human Resources Manager. His work with new Canadians, ESL students, Downtown Eastside inner city youth, and youth in five secondary schools has given him strong insight into the issues and concerns of students, parents and teachers.

Over the past 5 years at the Vancouver School Board, Fraser has worked collaboratively with the Vancouver Elementary and Secondary Teacher associations, and the Senior District Management team regarding all aspects of yearly budgets, teacher hiring, and the distribution of staffing for adult education, district programs and secondary schools.

Fraser looks forward to improving the relationship between employee groups, from trades and supervision aides to teacher unions and administration, for the betterment of public education. He is also excited about the increased community use of school facilities to meet the growing demand for youth activities, senior programs and community learning. 

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: fraser.ballantyne@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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COPE

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BLAKEY, AlAl Blakey has been a fixture in the Vancouver public education system for over 33 years. First elected to the School Board in 1999, he has been re-elected three times. Blakey has also spent 10 years on the BC Teachers Federation executive, including two as President. Blakey is clear about why he is passionate about his work as a School Trustee. “The defence and improvement of education in the Vancouver school system is my top priority,” says Blakey. “Education in Vancouver faces an ongoing problem of underfunding that erodes the quality of education for all children – especially the most vulnerable. This is not good enough. We must present an idea of what schools should be and demand the resources to make it happen.

That ishow we meet the challenge of creating a Vancouver for everyone.” Blakey is a long time resident of East Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

Email: al.blakey@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca​

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COPE

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BOUEY, JaneJane Bouey, a parent who has raised a special needs child, has defended and fought for improved public education since 1993. Bouey is a two term School Trustee first elected in 2002 and currently the Board’s Vice-Chair. Bouey is devoted to ensuring schools are more welcoming, inclusive and accessible for all students.

In order to make that a reality, she has played a leadership role across Canada in developing LGBTQ education policy. “There are real barriers in our schools that are systemic such as poverty and racism,” says Bouey. “The only way we are going to tackle these issues and build schools that are safe and celebrate diversity is to work collaboratively. That’s something that is good for everyone in Vancouver.” Bouey has been the co-manager of People’s Co-op Bookstore for the past 18 years and is a proud member of the Commercial Drive neighbourhood.

Contact

Phone: 778-706-4123

Email: jane.bouey@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca​

  

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Green Party of Vancouver​

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Louise is running for School Trustee because she knows that the education system has a great influence on our future generations. Although the BC education system and curricula have been modified on a continuous basis, they have not been fundamentally restructured to ensure that they meet the needs of our current and future societal and economic realities. She wants to be part of a team that will bring about this change.

Louise’s work has involved advocating for quality, affordable care and early learning for Vancouver children. As the co-chair of the Kensington Community Centre’s Program Committee she helped implement the addition of before & after school care.

She supports the implementation of after school childcare in schools as this service is sorely lacking in Vancouver.

Contact

No Contact Information Provided

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Vision Vancouver

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Clement Ken

Ken Clement has resided in Vancouver for twenty five years and is a member of the Ktunaxa First Nation (Cranbrook). In 2008 Ken was elected to the Vancouver School Board.

As an urban Aboriginal person who attended a residential school, he firmly believes he can empower all Vancouver residents and serve their best interests on the School Board. He is committed to fostering greater respect for cultural diversity by creating safe spaces within the school system for all, giving a stronger voice to Parent Advisory Councils, continuing the support of community neighbourhood schools, and increasing support services for vulnerable youth.

In addition, Ken’s employment and volunteer experiences have given him direct opportunities to work with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities and allowed him to be a voice on issues of health, affordable housing, and social justice issues. 

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Fax: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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NPA

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Denike

Ken is a Vancouver Board of Education trustee recognized as a strong advocate for high-quality public education and fair funding for public schools. He is running again to provide sound advice on managing the school system and advocating through action.

During his term as chair of the Vancouver Board of Education in 2005/2006, Ken successfully lobbied the Federal government to fund settlement workers in BC schools, arguing it was inequitable for Ontario to be the only province with a program addressing a situation experienced by other provinces.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia's Science Faculty and School of Community and Regional Planning, Ken has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with a thesis in public finance. He is also Faculty Emeritus at UBC and a director of the BC Public School Employers’ Association.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

E-mail: ken.denike@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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COPE

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GIESBRECHT, GwenGwen Giesbrecht is a small business owner and the parent of a school-aged child. As a member of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) executive for the past five years, serving two years as Chairperson, Giesbrecht understands the critical issues facing schools.
Giesbrecht has always been a passionate advocate for public education. “My interest in the School Board comes out of participation,” says Giesbrecht.“Involvement in these issues informs people, and being informed leads to opportunities for increased engagement. That’s how I see us strengthening public education. We need to get as many people involved and informed. Not just parents with school aged children, but everyone that values strong communities with strong young citizens. When everyone supports schools and learning, we come together as whole communities and that’s how you build a Vancouver for everyone.”Giesbrecht is a long time resident of East Vancouver.Learn more online at: cope.bc.ca/giesbrecht​

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

E-mail: gwen.giesbrecht@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca

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Hervey

Lily Harvey is the President of Dove Global Investments. She is a project manager and consultant. Lily is an MBA graduate of Royal Roads University. A member and a PMP (project management professional designation) of Project Management Institute of USA. She was the Chair of International Women's Day Celebration in Burnaby in 2008 as well as the Chair of the Forum of Discussion of Canada's international role in 2008. Lily is the President of Dove Global Investments Co. Ltd. She Speaks and mentors Project Management and risk management at professional networks, she follows global markets from CNBC and other international medias. From time to time, comments on news from CNBC.

Lily's goal is to apply project management approach at Vancouver School Board to -

1. Deal with issues that concern parents, teachers and all citizens.

Contact

Phone: 778-371-1616

E-mail: Lharvey888@gmail.com

Website: LilyHarvey.info

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I do not want the United Nations Association of Canada to be allowed in do presentations in Vancouver public schools. This association does not allow the public to attend or know what is being discussed in their monthly meetings. Even if one becomes a member of the association at $20 a year one is still not allowed to attend or know what was discussed at meetings.

The president of the Vancouver chapter of the United Nations Associations of Canada told me that it is not part of the United Nations and that it is not accountable to the public of Canada. If this association decides to become part of the United Nations, have democratic and egalitarian values, and hold itself accountable to the public of Canada presentations in our public schools would have merit but until then such presentations are simply propaganda opportunities for a clique of insiders.

Contact

Phone: 604-321-2195

E-mail: peter.haskell73@gmail.com

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LAUENSTEIN, Misha

I am running as an independent to provide an alternative to the candidates associated with Vancouver's party system.

I have a BA from SFU and have lived in Metro Vancouver for twenty-five years.

I spent four years as an IT Supervisor at the VBE and have sat on several condo boards over the last decade.

Going through the VBE's Leadership Development Program, I worked closely with teachers and other Board employees from throughout the district and gained insight into the challenges facing our students and educators today.

Twenty-first century learning requires full access to technology and sufficient ongoing funding for infrastructure implementation and upgrades.

As student enrolment continues to drop, underpopulated schools should be closed, allowing operating costs to be redirected towards students, and seismic upgrading to focus on the remaining schools.

The board must not use public money to fund projects and programs that are outside of its mandate.

Contact

Phone: 778-986-7338

E-mail: misha_lauenstein@alumni.sfu.ca

Website: calufrax.com

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Vision Vancouver

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Lombardi

Mike Lombardi was first elected. He chairs VSB Management and Coordinating Committee and represents the Board on the Vancouver Public Library Board and the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

He sought public office as a Vision Vancouver candidate after serving in the teaching profession for 35 years.

Mike has has served as the Chairperson of the Prince of Wales Secondary School Parent Advisory Council, member of the Lord Kitchener Elementary School PAC and as a coach for Dunbar Little League, Dunbar Soccer Association, and Vancouver Community Baseball.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Italian Cultural Centre and is a director on the advisory committee to Consul General of Italy. He is also president of the Basilicata Association of Vancouver and he participates on advisory committees of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Canada.

Mike has lived in Vancouver for more than 50 years. 

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: mike.lombardi@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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NGUYEN, Bang

To the voters of Vancouver,

My name is Bang Nguyen and I am running for Vancouver School Board Trustee.

I believe that my determination and drive for success is going to help me achieve my dream to be a school board trustee.   I will always admit fault, if I made the wrong decision.   I have been working in retail industry for the past twenty years.   My experience as a service specialist has taught me a great deal.   It’s taught me that you cannot make every single person happy.   Every action has its own outcome.

If elected, I will have every decision and action that I do, made public. I want to make Vancouver schools, a safe and fun place to be educated.   I want stick with my three AAA’s. Academics, Athletics, and Arts.   We need these three factors in order to properly give your child a great education.

Contact

Phone: 604-374-5807

E-mail: voteforbangnguyen@gmail.com

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Vision Vancouver

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Payne

Cherie Payne has a passion for public education that stems from watching her parents struggle to send her and her sister to Crofton House, university and grad school on working class salaries. They immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean - her mother as a housekeeper, her father as a construction worker. Neither had finished high school and they didn't feel confident navigating the school system on their own.

Cherie brings 15 years experience negotiating with government decision makers as a public affairs consultant. She served as Co-Chair of the West End Mayor's Advisory Committee and as Legislative Assistant to federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh. She holds a BA from McGill University and an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School. Voters can be confident of her ability to represent students’ interests, negotiate with the province, and collaborate closely with parents and teachers.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: cherie.payne@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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NPA

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ROBERTSON, Stacy

A practicing Lawyer, Stacy Robertson is married with two children soon entering the Vancouver School System in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. Stacy supports the responsible management of Vancouver School Board’s resources, including financial management and proactive planning for the efficient utilization of these resources.

As a partner at the law firm of Watson Goepel in Vancouver, Stacy practices in the area of civil litigation with emphasis on insurance, commercial, labour and employment disputes. He is actively involved in the Canadian Bar Association, and community groups such as the Hastings Park Conservancy.

Stacy understands the need to balance good financial management through public consultation and effective use of resources.  His goal is to provide every child with the best educational opportunities. His professional and community involvement has afforded him experience leading solution based communication and consultation with people and organizations. Stacy believes that everyone can be a winner. 

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: stacy.robertson@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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NPA

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Sharma

Sandy Sharma is a Vancouver parent with one child. Since 2006, Sandy has had extensive involvement with her School PAC Executive as Vice Chairperson, Co-Chairperson and a Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council Representative. From 2008, Sandy was an executive with the District Parent Advisory Council and a Vice Chairperson from September 2010 until July 2011.

Sandy represented DPAC on various Vancouver School Board Committees including the Mandarin Bilingual Committee, the Assessment for Learning Committee, and Committee V - Finance and Legal. Sandy has provided strong leadership and parent representation by advocating for transparency and accountability in the public school system.

Sandy Sharma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from UBC. Since 1993, she has been involved in the real estate industry. She is a licensed Associate Broker. Since 2003, Sandy has been an owner and President of a real estate appraisal and consulting company. 

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: sandy.sharma@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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STARK, Robert AllanAs a citizen dedicated to defending the public interest by exposing corruption and waste by public officials, i have indeed endured the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
My former public employer has accused me of being “a risk for continued or even escalating workplace violence”.
The chair of a public employer has repeatedly accused me of a serious criminal offense – “harassment”.
A member of the legislative assembly has publicly declared “I’ll give you some advice about mr stark. watch out for him! he has mental health issues!!”
Of course the issue for the electorate is whether or not it is in the public interest that someone so widely characterized in such negative fashion be allowed to stand for election to public office.

Contact

Phone: 604-738-1892

Phone: 604-783-1851

E-mail: trebornallakrats@hotmail.ca

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COPE

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WongAllan Wong is a proud father of four: two in elementary, one in secondary, and one in post-secondary. After graduating from UBC, Wong taught in Vancouver area public schools for five years. A long-time education advocate, Wong has been elected to the board three consecutive terms, serving since 1999, and has advocated for public education and ESL and Special Needs students. Wong also served as chair of the School Board Committee that initiated Vancouver’s seismic upgrades. For Wong, his goal is to work to strengthen the idea of the neighbourhood school. “Schools are not just places that are used from 9am to 3pm,” says Wong. “Schools are the heart of our communities. Day and night, weekdays and weekends, they are places to play, learn, and grow for every member of the neighbourhood.” Wong is a long time resident of South Vancouver and an avid cyclist. Learn more online at: cope.bc.ca/wong

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

E-mail: allan.wong@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca

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NPA

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Woo

Sophia is running for school trustee because she realizes the momentous impact that a high-quality and comprehensible education has on our future generations.

Sophia is a Mental Health Clinician with extensive experience motivating students and listening to parents. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Postgraduate diploma in Educational Psychology.

A hardworking and productive community volunteer, Sophia is a Board Member of the Chinese Community Police Center and the Vancouver Association of Community Police Centers.

Sophia was instrumental in distributing “In Case of Emergency” cards to all students in Vancouver.   This card allowed staff to have immediate contact information in case of student injury. Sophia worked through the Rotary Club of Vancouver Chinatown to provide dictionaries to all Grade 5  inner City School students.    For this effort she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by International Rotary. 

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: sophia.woo@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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Vision Vancouver

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WYNEN, Rob

Rob Wynen is a career health professional with a commitment to health and recreation as part of an educational foundation.

In both his career as a health and lifestyle consultant and in his volunteer activities, Rob has worked to promote student health.

Rob’s community work includes founding and leading the West End Residents Association where he worked on advocacy for cycling, pedestrian safety, park redesign, and developing the first community garden in the downtown core. He served on the boards of Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, the Pedestrian Action Coalition and as chair of the Lord Nelson Parent Advisory Committee. He is the current chair of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Rob is experienced with public processes related to community facilities, including budgeting, design, and policy-making. Rob is an avid bike commuter and gardener, an electronic music deejay, kayaker and bee keeper.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: rob.wynen@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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