Get involved with English education

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On November 2, 2014, select individuals will be elected as School Commissioners for the Western Quebec School Board. Electoral divisions have been reduced to 11 from the current 19. This does not include parent representative commissioners. This reduced number highlights the need for good, committed individuals to form the next Council of Commissioners.

On November 2, 2014, select individuals will be elected as School Commissioners for the Western Quebec School Board. Electoral divisions have been reduced to 11 from the current 19. This does not include parent representative commissioners. This reduced number highlights the need for good, committed individuals to form the next Council of Commissioners.
This is the only elected office in Quebec that gives the English-speaking community the right to elect its representatives. The challenge to serve your extended community in providing leadership in education   jurisdiction merits your consideration.
While many of you have busy schedules, I challenge you to make the educational goals of your children and your community a priority. One way to do this is to present your candidature for election. An election brings out new ideas and a commitment to serve. 
The Quebec English School Boards Association has launched a promotional campaign for a Saturday morning video conference training session on February 22nd. You may get further information from the WQSB.
I have had the benefit of serving a lifetime in the public education system as a parent, teacher and administrator. I currently sit as a commissioner at the WQSB. I would be pleased to act as a resource to those seeking information and direction in this regard.
There are currently school commissioners in your area who may, or may not, be seeking re-election. Consider them as resources who may have advice that would assist in your decision.
For the first time, the school board chairpersons will be elected by a universal vote from the entire jurisdiction. This is a          welcome change that will ensure that the Chairperson is working from a system   mandate that sees beyond local jurisdictions. This also merits debate. Community newspapers have a significant role to play in this process.
This is a great opportunity for the English-speaking community to be fully involved in the education of our community. Start now.

James Shea, commissioner
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