If Mitzi Fortin wins one of the two trustee positions to represent Lumby at the Vernon School District, it will be a bit of a homecoming for the librarian and mother of two.
Fortin, one of three candidates vying to represent Lumby and Areas D and E, previously served six years as trustee, a position she enjoyed and looks forward to taking up again.
“I have decided to run again because my commitment to education and the public schools is strong,” she said. “I am dedicated to high standards, academic excellence and real choices, including alternatives in education and equal opportunity for all students no matter where they live.”
Fortin, 48, acknowledges that there are many challenges facing the board, in particular funding cuts, but while it’s a tough time to be a trustee, she said the challenge is also part of the appeal of running again.
“There are tough decisions that need to be made and I want to represent the families and students at the table when those decisions are being made.
“The critical issues facing the board at the moment are the endless need for more funding, declining enrolment, which I believe can be bridged by utilizing alternate educational delivery, and of course the teacher job action.”
During her two terms as trustee, Fortin enjoyed making a difference and visiting the schools to see students and teachers engaged and involved in the learning process. What she liked least about the job was the difficult decision trustees made to close two elementary schools due to declining enrolment.
“I am still passionate about making our schools the best learning environments for our children where they are encouraged to become the best people they can be.”
Fortin is a mother of two grown daughters, Tahni and Cali, both of whom were educated in the district.
“I do not have the commitment of children at home so I do have time to dedicate to this position. As trustee, I would take my duties very seriously. The concerns of the people matter to me. I respect and encourage input in school and board decisions.
“These are the public’s schools. Through community involvement and thoughtful planning, we can make our schools great places to learn. If elected, I will make every decision for the good of our students.”