Name: Lucy Oxman
Occupation/background: University student, hospitality worker and labour council executive member.
Why are you running for school trustee?
I am passionate about offering our children the best education possible. As a parent of a child who will soon be entering the school system it is important to me that he receives a well-rounded public education.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?
I offer a fresh perspective and new eyes on old issues, such as our budget. I will explore avenues that may have been overlooked in the past. I will work with teachers and support staff to maintain a respectful, healthy work environment. I am committed to working with parents, teachers, support staff and students to create the best public education possible for our district.
How do you plan to work towards a balanced school district budget?
The community consultation process will identify the priorities and needs of our communities. We cover a lot of ground in our district and each is unique. I will take into consideration the communities’ response when making budget decisions at the board table. I understand the budget must be balanced, but it is up to us as the board to decide how the money is spent to serve our students.
What do you think it takes to be an education leader in Nanaimo? Describe your leadership or co-working style.
Through work and volunteering, I have experience being part of a group. I understand each trustee comes to the table with specific ideas and priorities but I will work toward making cohesive decisions that benefit our students. I believe work as a trustee would be an honour and I will make the best decisions possible, advocating on behalf of the voters and students.