Meet Dee Beattie, Team Cote

Name: Dee Beattie

Twitter: @deebeattienw 

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Facebook: /deefortrustee




QUESTIONS (in 50 words or less unless specified)

Tell us about yourself. (100 words or less)

I am a mother of two grown sons, a nana to two adorable grandchildren, and a foster mom to a teenager. I retired after 25 years’   working with special needs and vulnerable youth.  I volunteer my time with the McBride Sapperton RA, Royal City Musical Theatre, and Royal City Gogos, and serve on the New West Community and Social Issues Committee. I am passionate about education and what happens in the classroom. 

What are the top 3 issues facing the New Westminster school board?

  1. Teacher and education assistant shortage, how do we recruit and retain the great educators?
  2. Funding and professional development for the new curriculum resources and implementation.
  3. Completion of New West Secondary, Richard McBride, and all seismic upgrades.

What do you think this school board has done well? What have they done wrong?

Well done- the replacement of NWSS, and the Sanctuary Schools Policy.  I would like improvements in services for students with learning disabilities, at-risk youth, and programs for special needs children.  On the doorstep, I hear from many parents they are unhappy with the implementation of the cultural fee in kindergarten.

What is your position on the school district’s involvement in May Day?

I want to see May Day continue; however, when I hear students go without needed learning resources and textbooks, I ask how we can do this better?  I would like to support the May Day tradition, and what works best for all stakeholders in New Westminster.

What three people would you invite to a dinner party? (alive or dead)

Three outstanding people who would I would be honoured to have at my dinner party would be Malala Yousafzia, Prince William, and Jack Layton.   

Editor's note: Candidates were given specific word count guidelines and were cut off if they went over the count.

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