Sue Girard, Area 3
Sue Girard grew up on the Sunshine Coast and has a background in childcare, alternative and special needs education and youth counseling. She has a master’s degree in Metaphysical Science, authors spiritual fiction novels and is an officiant and life celebrant.
She wants to focus on anti-bullying efforts, supports SOGI 123 and equality in the workplace. Girard’s other priorities are ensuring playing fields are maintained and supporting alternative education. She is a special needs advocate.
Stacia Leech, Area 3
Leech was executive director and coordinator for the Roberts Creek Community School Society for 20 years and served as director for the Health Canada-funded Mind the Gap project.
If elected, Leech wants to include social and emotional learning goals in the strategic plan, in addition to environmental literacy. “I think if we had a regional approach with the district about environmental literacy, it would be a better use of the resources,” she said.
She also said she wants to emphasize collaboration when working at the board table.
Charlene Penner, Area 3
Charlene Penner is a retired Canada Post mail carrier and local union president. She also served as president of Jack and Jill Preschool and has advocated for French programing on the Sunshine Coast.
Priorities for her include supporting environmental education, ensuring students have free access to education supplies and field trips, and installation of solar panels.
Pammila Ruth, Area 3
Pammila Ruth is the only incumbent trustee running for re-election. “I felt that my knowledge base would be an asset to the board,” she said.
She has lived on the Coast since 1991 and has served as vice-chair of the Gibsons Elementary School PAC and a member of the School Planning Council. Currently she is the Provincial Council Representative for SD46 and sits on a committee for the BC School Trustee Association.
Ruth said her goals are to secure capital funding for major projects such as expanding West Sechelt Elementary and Gibsons Elementary.