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Personal InformationResident of: Upper Sahali
Age: old enough to have a 22 year old daughter
Current Occupation: Chair, SD 73 Board of Education / semi-retired/ master's student
My third term as a trustee on the SD73 Board of Education is almost over and I am seeking a 4th term. During this current term, I was Vice Chair from December 2014 to December 2016 and Chair of the Board from December 2016 to now. I have served on all internal Board committees (HR Committee, Finance and Planning Committee, Policy Committee and Audit Committee) and on several external partner committees (DPAC, Kamloops Sister City Committee, Kamloops Poverty Reduction Committee, Kamloops Foundation). I am especially proud of the many years I spent as the Board Liaison to the District Parent Advisory Committee.
I married a Kamloops boy in April 1989 and moved to Kamloops in June 1989. Together, we have raised our daughter here with her entire public school education in SD73 (McGowan Elementary, Kamloops School of the Arts and NorKam Senior Secondary IB graduate 2014). Her education in this District prepared her extremely well for studying at Queen's University, where she graduated from in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1st class Honours.
I lived in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Montana before landing in BC in 1979. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from UBC and a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU on the UCC campus. I am currently working towards my Master's degree through Athabasca University. Aside from serving my community as a trustee, having the privilege to work with women in this community has been my greatest honour. I spent 15 years supporting women as they re-entered the workforce as well as supporting marginalized women with abusive and trauma histories move beyond the history into healthier futures.
I am known as a passionate dedicated advocate for students and public education seeking your support once again for a 4th term.
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Answers to Questions from the Public
Beat Klossner asks the School Trustee Candidates
Preparing for bargaining for the next collective agreement between teachers and the employers is currently underway.
Should teachers/ support staff be considered an "essential service" when bargaining time comes around?
Meghan Wade Answered
Education is an essential service to society. It is fundamental to a health society. Having said that, I believe in the realm of collect bargaining with a union, members of the BCTF union and CUPE should not be considered an essential service.
Peter Kerek asks the School Trustee Candidates
There are many school-aged children living below the poverty line in Kamloops and across Canada. What role, if any, do you feel a school trustee should play in advocating for economic justice for these kids?
Meghan Wade Answered
Your opening statement is very true. On the local level, the Board works with staff and schools in developing and partnering with community organizations to tackle the issues children face when living in poverty: breakfast programs, lunch programs, the starfish backpack project, donation rooms, etc. Trustees also have a provincial organization, the British Columbia School Trustees Association, which advocates to the Provincial and Federal governments on social issues that trustees believe are a foundation to public education, and topping that list is children in poverty.
Cam Johnson asks the School Trustee Candidates
What are your thoughts on the overcrowding of many of the cities school’s? And what can be done to help that problem?
Meghan Wade Answered
As the current Chair of the School Board, I have led this District for the past year in a very public awareness and advocacy campaign for provincial capital spending in Kamloops. Before this, the Board was advocating behind closed doors with different sectors and representatives of the Provincial Government. The campaign has served to inform the public and the Province on how specific areas of Kamloops are facing overcrowding and how critical the situation is. I am proud of the work I have done over the past year and am committed to continue doing during another term. Making this District's capital needs so very public has not been easy but we are closer to receiving an announcement than we have ever been in the past 17 years. I am running again because I am committed to strongly and publically advocating for the capital needs in this District that have been ignored for too long. My goal is funding commitments from the Province for the top 5 projects on the District's Capital plan by the time the next term ends.
Tabitha Gallicano asks the School Trustee Candidates
I just learnt of this question platform, so, some have already answered this question on facebook. Thank you!
The worlds of children and youth have been changing. The easier access to weapons, the increase in violence, and suicide due partially to bullying has some parents nervous about sending their children to public school. Some schools in larger metropolitan areas have implemented metal detectors and security upon arrival and departure. Other schools have put more support programs, such as counselors, psychologists, and group therapy in place for students. Within the last years there have been many cutbacks but such programs could prove wonders to a young persons mental well being. This is imperative as students spend a good portion of their lives at school. As trustee, do you potentially for-see more financials being allocated for resources that will not only keep our children physically safe, but also their mental and emotional health?
Meghan Wade Answered
Youth mental health is a concern of all individuals involved in the school district and at our provincial organization, the British Columbia School Trustees Association. At the provincial level, our association is consistently advocating for more funding and increased partnering with appropriate community organizations for grassroots service delivery. In SD 73, there are things happening in this area. This past December participated in a morning workshop where it was clearly identified by Kamloops youth that a one stop health related hub for youth was needed. The District and several other community partners have been working for the past year to create just such a service. At the District level, there are counsellors in our schools working directly with students, psychologists at our Henry Grube centre and District based group programs plus connections to community agencies. The District has a new position this year, District Principal of Student Inclusion, who is an amazing individual truly dedicated to creating safe cultures/environments in all schools. The District has a way to go, but we have started on the path and are committed to the goal of fostering an inclusive district culture.