Don’t for­get to vote for trustees

The Daily Courier - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor: Vot­ing day is fast ap­proach­ing and I hope to en­cour­age Okana­gan res­i­dents to do their re­search and vote, not only for mayor and coun­cil, but school trustees as well. Even those whose chil­dren aren’t in school, or those with­out chil­dren, need to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the trustee role to our en­tire com­mu­nity.

Schools ed­u­cate our chil­dren and give them the op­por­tu­nity to be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety. School trustees over­see the de­ci­sions the school dis­trict and su­per­in­ten­dent make and en­sure they ap­ply the same ap­proach of plan­ning and man­age­ment to Cen­tral Okana­gan schools, as you would ex­pect the city coun­cil to do for each city.

In West Kelowna, I sup­port Chantelle Des­rosiers for school trustee. Chantelle and I met, both as out­spo­ken par­ents to pro­posed changes to West Kelowna schools last year.

Hav­ing lived in West Kelowna many years, Chantelle rec­og­nized that res­i­dents need a trustee who is will­ing to en­gage and ad­vo­cate for our rapidly grow­ing com­mu­nity. Chantelle has the abil­ity to be a great trustee; she is well ed­u­cated with de­grees in fi­nance and po­lit­i­cal science, and has vol­un­teered for PAC’s in two dif­fer­ent West Kelowna schools.

Even be­fore Chantelle of­fi­cially de­cided to run for trustee, she was al­ready de­vot­ing her per­sonal time to at­tend­ing school board and com­mit­tee meet­ings. Chantelle is as­tutely aware of the cur­rent chal­lenges of West Kelowna and the Cen­tral Okana­gan School Dis­trict and would very eas­ily tran­si­tion to the role of school trustee.

Vot­ing ad­vance polls are Oct. 16 and gen­eral elec­tion day is Oct. 20. Please vote, and please re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of vot­ing for school trustees. Sarah Neukomm West Kelowna

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