Graham Evan MacDonell


Graham Evan MacDonell


School District #34: Abbotsford

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?

No, yes, but school boards have no influence with City Councils.


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?

Yes, as I am a very strong advocate of preserving our heritage.


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?

Yes, by supporting motions or resolutions brought to the Board table.

Cultural Growth

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

No idea.

Cultural Spaces

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

Beyond the jurisdiction of a school trustee.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Educating the public on the City of Abbotsford's heritage.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Outside of the school board's jurisdiction.

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

Getting teachers to support the Fraser Valley Regional Heritage Fair every year.


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

Witing about the City's heritage and history.