Shelley Godwin

Name

Shelley Godwin

Jurisdiction

Abbotsford

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

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Funding

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 a candidate for School Trustee. Education in arts, culture and heritage are important to raising students with a broad range of capabilities. They can help reach students who have no interest in athletics or who struggle academically. My intent would be to ensure there is adequate funding in district schools to ensure that all students are given an opportunity to shine.

Advocacy

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?

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?

Education

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?

If elected, I will work to ensure that schools have the funding they need to continue to deliver the arts education students need to succeed.

Cultural Growth

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

Cultural Spaces

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

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Cultural Tourism

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

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

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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?

I can really only speak from a school perspective and, again, it all comes down to funding and making sure schools receive the resources they require in order to properly deliver arts education to students.

Participation

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

I was Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at Mountain Elementary School. I was Secretary of the PAC at W.A. Fraser Middle School and am currently the PAC Treasurer at W.A. Fraser Middle School and Yale Secretary School. Additionally, I have spent hours volunteering at hot lunch days, sports days and in my childrens’ classrooms. I was Treasurer of the Abbotsford Soccer Association. I volunteered at the Abbotsford International Airshow for a few years as well as at the 2014 BC Winter Games and the 2016 BC Summer Games.