13 school trustee candidates in Nanaimo

Thirteen candidates are vying for nine school trustee positions in Nanaimo this November.

Thirteen candidates are vying for nine school trustee positions in Nanaimo this November.

Six of the people running for a spot on the school board are incumbents – Donna Allen, Nelson Allen, Jamie Brennan, David Murchie, Dot Neary and Sharon Welch.

Trustee Andrea Bonkowski is running for Electoral Area A director on the Regional District of Nanaimo board and trustees Carol McNamee and Ron Dale have bowed out of the race.

Former school trustee TerryLynn Saunders, who ran for a position on Nanaimo city council last election, returns to the education beat.

Other candidates include Bill Bard, a local businessman who ran for school trustee in 1999; Nancy Curley, a labour relations officer with the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union and a vice-president with the Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council; Kim Howland, former president of both Nanaimo’s District Parent Advisory Council and the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils; Rosmy Jean Louis, a Vancouver Island University economics professor and trustee with the North Cedar Improvement District; Bill Robinson, founder of the Hidden Heroes Education Society; and Noah Routley, a program coordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association.