With three children in school, Tami Ryder is running for school trustee to be an active voice for children, parents and the education system.
“I want to be a key participant in the future of our education system,” said Ryder, who is running for a spot on the Vernon School District board to represent Vernon and Areas B and C.
Ryder, 42, and her husband have three children, ages 17, 14 and 11. In addition to managing the family’s small business, the couple owns and manages five rental properties in Vernon.
“We also have a person with disabilities that we take care of, whom we consider to be a member of our family as well,” she said.
Ryder’s volunteer work includes the Salvation Army shelter, working with people who suffer from mental illness, working with seniors, the Vernon Community Music School, and at her children’s schools.
She said the lack of funding from the provincial government is hurting students and teachers.
“Government today fails to recognize that the classroom is much more diverse than it was in the past, yet they have cut funding directly to the classroom while increasing the workload.
“As a trustee, I hope to accomplish better communication between all parties involved in our children’s education. I also want to be proactive in the struggle to negotiate class size and composition limits.”