Straight Talk

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Adi Pick is the youngest can­di­date for the Van­cou­ver school board, and she be­lieves her age is go­ing to be her ma­jor as­set if she’s elected as ed­u­ca­tion trus­tee.

“I’m 20 years old. I’m very ac­tive on so­cial me­dia. So I think if I were to get elected, then I think stu­dents will be very com­fort­able in, you know, tweet­ing me, mes­sag­ing me, ask­ing me to come to stu­dent-coun­cil meet­ings, be­cause I’m some­body who’s roughly their age,” Pick told the Straight in a phone in­ter­view.

“I grad­u­ated from high school fairly re­cently; I un­der­stand some of their strug­gles,” Pick, now a UBC stu­dent of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, con­tin­ued. “I think they just want to know that their ideas can be heard. So if we have a board [mem­ber], you know, who shows up to schools, talks to stu­dents, mes­sages them, stuff like that, say­ing…‘what can we do to help? How would you like this im­ple­mented?’…then I think that would also be ben­e­fi­cial.”

Pick, who grad­u­ated from Magee sec­ondary in 2014, is one of 19 can­di­dates vy­ing for the nine seats in con­tention in the October 14 school board by-elec­tion.

The in­de­pen­dent can­di­date re­lated that she was mo­ti­vated to en­ter the race be­cause she’s con­vinced that a youth­ful trus­tee will be able to en­gage stu­dents, es­pe­cially those who are in need.

“We need to be ask­ing our more vul­ner­a­ble stu­dents, our less mo­ti­vated stu­dents, our stu­dents at risk… ‘How can we boost your ed­u­ca­tion? What do you need?’ ” Pick said.

Pick earned the en­dorse­ment of an­other can­di­date, Fraser Bal­lan­tyne, when the former trus­tee was reached for his com­ment on the young woman’s bid for school board.

Ac­cord­ing to Bal­lan­tyne, who is part of the five-per­son slate of the Non-par­ti­san As­so­ci­a­tion, Pick would bring a “breath of fresh air” to a new board.

The former Van­cou­ver school­teacher and ad­min­is­tra­tor also said that Pick is a “suc­cess story about how good our sys­tem re­ally is”.

“She’s, you know, at a young age jump­ing into the fray and is aware of the is­sues,” Bal­lan­tyne told the Straight by phone, “and I think that speaks vol­umes about how well the

teach­ers are pre­par­ing our kids for the real world.”

UBC in­ter­na­tional-re­la­tions stu­dent Adi Pick, 20, says she is run­ning for school board be­cause she thinks a young trus­tee willl be able to en­gage with stu­dents.

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