3006, 2017

On the campaign trail – June 29

30, Jun, 2017|Comments Off on On the campaign trail – June 29

Gorgeous night to be in West Meadowlark Park.  Had a nice long chat with fellow construction professional – steamfitter / pipefitter Doug.

What I heard from chatting with a number of residents:

  • need to refocus on basic skills, resiliency, and accountability to better prepare students for life after school
  • we should have one public system (comment came from a separate school family)
  • the proposed school consolidation needs to preserve public access to the numerous playing fields and sports facilities that are nicely linked together across the neighborhood
3006, 2017

Michael A Kostek Grade 6 Farewell, June 29, 2017

30, Jun, 2017|Comments Off on Michael A Kostek Grade 6 Farewell, June 29, 2017

Congrats to all the grads!  I appreciate the invite – what an enthusiastic and close bunch.  The grade 5’s were already pumped for next year!  Thanks again to retiring Principal Frances Kroeker – we’re going to miss you!

2906, 2017

On the campaign trail, June 28

29, Jun, 2017|Comments Off on On the campaign trail, June 28

Thanks for the warm welcome in Glenwood tonight (dodging between rain showers).  Glad to hear from Dale that the transport from daycare to Glenwood School works well!

2406, 2017

Community Building & Family Resource BBQ – Glenwood, June 24, 2017

24, Jun, 2017|Comments Off on Community Building & Family Resource BBQ – Glenwood, June 24, 2017

A very big thanks to Jon Carson @JonCMLA for the invitation to attend today’s BBQ.  Glenwood becomes part of Ward E with the October election so I appreciated the invitation to meet and learn the views of community members.

Thanks to the folks who chatted with me, including Tim, Bertha, and Jeffrey, as well as Jerry, Olivia, and Liam.

A few points I heard:

  • a big thank you from parents for the great job our teachers perform, with shout outs to staff at Afton, Westlawn, and Jasper Place
  • appreciation for the Government’s Bill 1 to reduce the financial burden on parents.  The grants for playgrounds for new schools are also appreciated, but we need to keep working to reduce the costs on parents for essentials and be mindful of the already large fundraising efforts by a small group of volunteers
  • support for investing in new schools to serve the greater Westlawn area
  • why is there so much duplication of resources – do we need both public and separate schools?
  • suggestion that early in the school year, continue and expand open houses and use multiple channels of communication to equip parents with the information they need to support their kids and their teachers
  • changes to the curriculum to strengthen preparedness for life after school, financial literacy, resiliency, respect, and accountability.  The curriculum should provide an overview of world history in the context of how historical events shaped the development of these attributes in each successive generation.