Jen Skogland


Jen Skogland


School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)



Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?

I am actively involved within the school system and see first hand the struggle our schools are having trying to provide learning opportunities in music and other cultural arts. Currently, many Parent Advisory Councils are fundraising so that their children can have music instruments and available staffing resources are minimal. I believe, as a School District, we need to reinvest in the arts in schools.


If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?

As a School Board Trustee, I will take an active role in advocating for arts, culture and heritage in our school district and community. I feel strongly that our schools are part of the larger community. Increasing the arts in our schools can improve the overall education, health, and economy of our community.


Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

I believe every child has the right to an education. The arts play a vital role in engaging students in learning. As School Board Trustee, I will advocate for every student's success and include arts as an important part of the overall educational opportunities for our district.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

As a School Board Trustee, I will ensure we continue to recognize and celebrate the diversity of students and families in our school district. With truth, knowledge and collaboration within our school communities we can grow our cultural programs for our students.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

As a School Board Trustee, I will advocate for equitable access to arts programs for all students in our district. Currently, within the school district we have a number of funded programs that enable artists to engage in a classroom setting. As School Board Trustee, I want to ensure these programs continue and we build on the frequency and availability to all schools.


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

As a resident of Nanaimo, I enjoy many festivals, events and spaces that highlight our thriving arts and cultural communities. My favorite art spaces in our schools are projects that involved the students and community members. Dover Bay School has been working on a "Reconcili-Action Art project" that involved a diverse group of students, who learned about First Nation Culture while creating art.