As a father of two children, John Armstrong has a vested interest in education.
One of seven candidates for school trustee for Vernon and Areas B and C, Armstrong sees education as a social safety net.
“Some fall through holes in this net, and this leads to other social issues such as crime,” he said. “I support initiatives that help everyone to achieve a quality education regardless of their circumstances.
“In Vernon we are fortunate to have programs like Open Door to achieve this goal. I would like to be part of an education system that supports and grows these initiatives.”
Armstrong, 47, and his wife, Delwyn, have two children: Robbie, who attends a dual credit program with VLearn for Grade 12 courses and Okanagan College in his second year of the Aviation Maintenance Engineering program; and Lauren, in Grade 10 with Vernon secondary school High Performers Program as an alpine ski racer.
Armstrong is program director for the Vernon Ski Club, a role that sees him promoting community involvement such as volunteering for other organizations like the Salvation Army House of Hope campaign.
“I’m running for school board because it is apparent to me that change is needed and that I could be of help. I also have had very positive family experiences with non-traditional education.”
Declining enrolment is one of the big issues facing trustees, said Armstrong, a situation that is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
“If our community grows so will enrolment, but the current economic climate is not expanding. The province is facing the same challenges dealing with all school districts. This is an economically driven issue with no quick solutions that a school board of trustees can easily influence. However, our financial management needs to be well-communicated to the stakeholders so there is deemed equity.”