From Jennifer's website:
As you know, I am seeking election as your School Board Representative in District 4 and I would like to share with you some of my background as it relates to the position and my decision to run for election as a member of the South Shore Regional School Board.
As a mother with three children in school, I see first hand what cuts to our Education budget really look like - closed libraries; cuts to PSA's and larger class sizes. Our Provincial Government needs to be lobbied to stop these cuts and to start looking at our students as individuals, not numbers. I have been a very approachable, go-to person with questions regarding many issues at our school for many years. I am ready to take that to the next level, and look forward to representing District 4 and all students and their families in the South Shore Regional School Board. I hear over and over, that people want changes to our Board. I am excited and look forward to being part of that change.
My journey into the world of public education was re-ignited when two of my children, boy/girl twins, entered grade primary ten years ago at Hebbville Academy. It was that fall when I attended my first Home and School meeting... with a baby carrier on my arm...bringing my youngest infant daughter with me. So began my volunteer work in our school system and what would turn out to be one of the great passions of my life. From Secretary, to Vice-President, and finally to President, I was the face of our Home and School for many years. It was a rewarding experience, with a wonderful group of parent and staff volunteers. It was during this time, our Home and School initiated a partnership between Hebbville Academy and the YMCA to bring a much needed After School Program to our campus. This program continues to run as it has since the beginning...at FULL capacity, which is something to be proud of.
It was also during this time that I joined the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations (NSFHSA) as a Board Member and sat as the South Shore Representative for the Board.
I have been involved for many years on our School Advisory Council as our Home and School Rep and then moved into the role as Parent Rep for our P-5 building. I will be stepping down this fall as I run for a seat on the School Board. As you know, our School as well as many others were recently put up for review and I found that process to be both interesting and educational. It was encouraging to see so many communities come together for the good of our children and their education.
One of my favorite volunteer activities that I am still involved in, is working in our P-5 library at Hebbville Academy. Seeing the students each week, reading to them, and helping them pick out books, is always fun and rewarding. We are fortunate to be able to continue this service, with a group of dedicated volunteers.
We have strong family roots in this community. We own a family based business, our children participate in many local organizations, including hockey, soccer, and cheer/gymnastics. My husband and I both grew up in Lunenburg County, went to school here, and are proud to raise our family here as well. It would be a privilege for me to represent the people of District 4.
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