Having raised her children in the Williams Lake area and spending 17 years volunteering in school activities, Christine Dyment says the time is right for her to run for school trustee.
She is seeking the Zone 4 seat which includes parts of 150 Mile House, Likely, Horsefly and Big Lake.
Christine, a care aid, and her husband Murray, a Mount Polley employee have lived at Big Lake for 17 years.
Their eldest son graduated from Williams Lake Secondary School in 2010 and their youngest son is in Grade 11 at Lake City Secondary School.
“Along with volunteering at Big Lake Elementary, I have held a variety of positions with the parent advisory councils at Big Lake Elementary, Williams Lake Secondary, Distance Education and Lake City Secondary,” Dyment says. “I have also been involved with the District Parent Advisory Council for many years, and did a series of seminars with BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.
She sat on a SD27 Reading Committee and helped facilitate the Our Kids, Our Future forums.
“Being involved with the Our Kids, Our Future gave me an opportunity to learn about the history of our school district as well as learn the statistics and numbers related to decisions made by previous boards of trustees,” says Dyment, who grew up in the Okanagan and attended Okanagan College.
She says that attending several provincial parent advisory council conferences has given her the chance to network with parents and officials in other school districts and hear about their past, present and future issues, many of which are similar to SD 27 issues.
“I have always been an advocate for parents having a voice in their children’s education,” Dyment says.
“Knowing what is going on in your school and district is so important for the future of education.
“The province is moving towards a new curriculum and I urge parents to learn about it and how they can be a part of that change.
“I look forward to working with the new board of trustees as well as the schools in Zone 4 to continue the strive for the best education for all students in the Cariboo Chilcotin.”