Name: Danielle Connelly
QUESTIONS (in 50 words or less unless specified)
Tell us about yourself. (100 words or less)
Community engagement is huge to me, and with kids, it became an integral way to connect with other families. From serving on PACs and the NWMHA executive to organizing the Rally to Rebuild NWSS in 2016 and helping with multigenerational projects at Century House, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and gained a broader appreciation and understanding of our diverse community.
Being a trustee would be a way to give back and contribute. Success in this role would mean the needs of all students are being met so they can reach their full potential.
What are the top 3 issues facing the New Westminster school board?
Other than the big one of ensuring replacement projects and seismic upgrades are completed on time and on budget, I would say:
- Shortage of much-needed supports (EAs, councillors, support / custodial staff).
- Rapid growth / increasing number of portables that limit accessibility and equity in learning spaces.
- Improving communications and ...
What do you think this school board has done well? What have they done wrong?
The current school board has worked hard on behalf of our students over the past four years, including; their work supporting inclusion, reconciliation and the introduction of new curriculum. And of course, their work towards securing funding for NWSS and Richard McBride rebuilds. I do believe there is still work ...
What is your position on the school district’s involvement in May Day?
Initially, I’d like to review the survey conducted by the school board, and its results. It’s a unique opportunity giving kids the chance to come together, engage and celebrate a piece of New Westminster’s history. There’s room for it to evolve, and it’s worth exploring all ideas and options.
What three people would you invite to a dinner party? (alive or dead)
Assuming my family is already there,
- My dad (we lost him in in 2009)
- Jane Goodall
- Dalai Lama
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