Name: Bill Windley
Occupation/background: Radio announcer DJ, CHUB Nanaimo. I produced an oldies program for GTO. Manager Stewart Hudson/Revelstoke Building Supply Ladysmith. Produced budgets, worked with staff and public. B.C. Corrections (28 years, retired) I took many life skill programs e.g. conflict resolution, violence prevention, suicide prevention, honed my listening skills. I was coordinator of the Critical Incident Response Team. To this date I have the pleasure of working with great people, part time, at the Home Depot in Nanaimo.
Why are you running for school trustee?
I am a strong supporter of the public school system and will work with the school trustee team to find ways to make the Nanaimo school district as effective as it can be. I work well with others in a team situation where my conflict resolution skills are an asset in bringing this about.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?
To work effectively as a team member. The largest part of the budget is fixed so my priority would be to work co-operatively with the school board members to bring a focus to those programs I feel would deliver the best value in quality versus cost.
To explore ways to effectively support/educate high-risk students so they are less likely to end up in our prison system. I would tackle this by teaming up with like-minded volunteer groups that have a proven success rate in this field.
To bring back some of the optimism and commitment that the public school system used to have. I would tackle this by listening to the concerns of parents/students-teachers-counsellors and deal with them to the best of my ability.
How do you plan to work toward a balanced school district budget?
I plan to work with the other trustees and explore ways to earn money from some of school district buildings.
What do you think it takes to be an education leader in Nanaimo?
I believe it takes a good listener, good communication skills, a good team player and someone able to put their interests aside and represent the people that voted for them. Deal with issues in a common-sense manner.
Describe your leadership or co-working style.
I have proven over the years that I am a good team player. I am honest, hard working and reliable. I take pride in a job well done.