‘More time in the class­room’

Week­end, Oc­to­ber 13-15, 2017 For­mer tran­sit em­ployee joins race for CBE trus­tee­ship

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A for­mer City of Calgary tran­sit em­ployee with two bach­e­lor de­grees and a masters de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion would like to help trans­form trans­porta­tion at the Calgary Board of Ed­u­ca­tion as a mem­ber of the board of trustees.

Muzaf­far Ah­mad is run­ning for CBE trus­tee­ship in Wards 12 and 14.

He said his ex­pe­ri­ence as a tran­sit em­ployee would serve the board well.

“I have good re­la­tion­ships there, so I would work with them to help out the public sys­tem to get more buses avail­able and hope­fully work to re­solve other is­sues with trans­porta­tion,” he said.

Ah­mad said he knows money is al­ways an is­sue, and he’d ad­vo­cate spend­ing more in ar­eas of need — like trans­porta­tion — while also cut­ting back else­where.

But, Ah­mad said more than any­thing, it’s about com­ing up with a bet­ter plan for routes, pick­ups and route shar­ing.

“More time in the class­room and less time in travel,” he said.

Over­all, Ah­mad said the main thing he’s fo­cused on — and that per­tains to all is­sues — is bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the board and par­ents.

“My goal is to bring bet­ter un­der­stand­ing to the par­ents of how things work at the board and school sys­tem,” he said.

Ah­mad said if elected he’d at­tend par­ent coun­cil meet­ings in his wards, as well as set up times for phone calls and in-per­son meet­ings with par­ents to lis­ten and help ad­dress their con­cerns.

Now re­tired, Ah­mad said he’s got time to fo­cus his en­ergy on the CBE, and said he’s qual­i­fied to do the job.

“I also want to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety and help out in my com­mu­nity,” he said.

Fur­ther, Ah­mad said he’s got per­ti­nent ex­pe­ri­ence since he’s also been a teacher and helped open a com­mu­nity school.

“That school went from 60 stu­dents to 1,400 stu­dents,” he said. “I ne­go­ti­ated with the public school sys­tem and now that school is un­der the public sys­tem in Pal­liser.”

Ah­mad said he’d also like to bring what he’s learned in cur­ricu­lum build­ing courses at the Univer­sity of Calgary to his role as trustee to help ad­vo­cate for change.


Muzaf­far ah­mad is a re­tired city of calgary tran­sit em­ployee with two bach­e­lor de­grees and a masters in ed­u­ca­tion.

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