School District #33: Chilliwack
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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?
As a long time musician, I desperately wanted to add arts to my platform for school board. Growing up, I had music class starting in Kindergarten, and right through to Music Composition in Grade 12. The benefit was immense. Sadly, the state of our school system in BC coupled with severe overcrowding in Chilliwack is such that many students can't even receive the basic supports they need in class - vulnerable students, students with special learning needs, aboriginal students are all being left behind. I will always champion for the arts, but if elected I will need to first focus on getting supports for all students. Once all students have support and we have more educational space music / arts will be a top priority for me.
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 arts and music back into schools is by far the most important issue relating to the arts. We need to get our schools back to a place where we have enough specialized teachers and educational spaces to re-introduce music and arts at all grade levels.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Our family attends many events throughout the city - whether it's school plays, UFV plays, Party in the Park, Art exhibits or open mic at TractorGrease. The Cultural Center has brought in some wonderful musicians as well.