Former engineer running for CBE
There are 12 candidates in wards 5 and 10
A former engineer is running for Calgary Board of Education trusteeship in wards 5 and 10 with the hope of proactively helping Calgary youth achieve their goals.
Jasbir Chahal, who’s now retired, said he believes being a trustee is one of the best ways to help his ward’s youth and impact their futures in a positive way.
“Trustees are tasked with making sure the right kind of education is given to our future, which is the best way to make sure that you are doing what you want to do in life,” he said.
During his campaign, Chahal said he’s focusing on math, transportation and reducing dropout rates in the northeast.
“We know that children are performing poorly in math in the northeast,” he said. “We need a way to make math more interesting to students so that they fare much better than they are now.”
When it comes to transportation, Chahal said a downturn in the economy and the decision to move some kids onto public transit has led to some parents who are unable to cope.
“Our students have to walk 1.6 kilometres to 2.4 kilometres — sometimes in extreme weather — to get to a bus stop, which is something no parent wants to expose their child to. There has to be an alternate arrangement or more funds to be found.”
Chahal said in his community he’s also heard youth are having a hard time with bullying, harassment and potential criminal activity.
This can make kids uncomfortable at school, or sway them to the wrong side — ultimately leading to dropouts. “If we can help curb the crime rate then the drop-out rate will be automatically reduced,” he said.
Chahal also started the Calgary Literary Social Association a few years back and said it’s helped him connect with youth in his wards. “Through literature, we can send a message to our communities — it’s a really effective way. The pen is stronger than the bullet.”
Chahal said he’s totally selffunding his campaign.
If we can curb the crime rate, the drop-out rate will be reduced. Jasbir chahal
Jas chahal is running against 11 others in Wards 5 and 10.