Charlene Dobie


Charlene Dobie


School District #36: Surrey

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Surrey Students NOW


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?



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?



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?


Cultural Growth

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

Have a strong politician to politician collaboration and also open dialogue with community organizations.

Cultural Spaces

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

Every school should be equipped with the resources needed to have a wholesome fine arts program, elementary and high school. These resources should be included whenever a new school is built.

Cultural Tourism

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

Work closely with Mayor and Council.

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

Have a vibrant cultural component in the schools where the students learn and then want to translate that into the community.

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?

Making sure that the schools are well-equipped to have robust fine arts programs.


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

Attending arts and cultural events in the city and as a trustee supporting as many school cultural events as possible.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

Right now there are students missing out on fine art programs because schools in Surrey are overcrowded and music rooms and stages are being used as classrooms. Also because of the overpopulation some grade levels are not being offered fine arts programs.