I will always advocate for the safety of our students, families, teachers, school staff and communities. The provincial government and Regina Public Schools have both made public their plans for school reopening and I am disappointed. I am glad to see RPS has mandated masks for Grades 4-12 and all staff, and recommended for all children. I would like to see increased funding from the province to hire more teachers (e-learning and in-class) to improve social distancing in our schools and reduce class size. Education is grossly underfunded and I will advocate for more funding from the provincial government to keep our school safe.
I will support policies that recognize every child in our school as equal, loved and supported. This goes for those with special needs, those who feel excluded, as well as those who have been oppressed. When Trustee Young’s “Pride motion” was defeated, I was crushed. These are our children and they need to be given the support and love they deserve. To do anything else is inexcuseable. I believe GSAs and support for the LGBTQ2S+ community needs to be legislated in every school in Saskatchewan – not just at schools that already have those supports in place. As your Trustee, I will work hard to correct this.
Many of our students are struggling because of poverty. There is a lack of food and support at home, and as a result there are mental health concerns and issues of basic well-being. Students who do not have these basic needs met may struggle in school. As a member of End Poverty Regina, I am a vocal advocate for a fair living wage in Regina and increased social assistance for those in poverty. I will be a strong advocate for better living conditions in Regina, and less financial stress on our students and families.