Julia Fraser (incumbent)
Kelowna School District No. 23

Julia Fraser, along with her husband, who is a retired teacher, and her daughter who attends Grade 8 at Okanagan Mission Secondary, reside in Kelowna. As the only returning trustee with a school aged child, she is able to combine her knowledge on the Board with what's happening in schools to help her be a better representative and voice of the Kelowna Community.

Seven years ago, she was elected as a School Trustee to the Central Okanagan Board of Education. She feels that it is an honor and a privilege to assume the vast responsibilities as one of the seven School Trustees. With this experience, it is her hope, to put to work what she has learned and to continue as a steward and advocate for Public Education. It is important to elect an experienced School Trustee because the Central Okanagan Board of Education oversees a $256 million budget, employs about 3,000 people, operates 43 schools and educates 22,700 students.

As a wife, mother and business woman, she brings experience in governance, volunteerism, and business to the Board table to discuss recommendations by staff on finance, education, planning, and human resources. She is the current Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and she values the importance of enabling constructive, informed and thoughtful dialogue that engages all partner groups. She is committed to acting on behalf of the public in a fiscally responsible and cost-effective manner.

First and foremost, Julia believes that as a trustee and a member of the Board of Education, our priority is to encourage student success and to ensure that every child in our care receives the supports necessary to reach their full potential. Her goals are; 1) to advocate for stable, adequate & predictable funding which would provide quality, uninterrupted education for students and provide teachers with the necessary resources for teaching; 2) to improve collaboration between the School Board and other levels of Government, local business & the Arts community to further develop our students as leaders; 3) to develop an evaluation process for Trustees and the Board; 4) develop a District Strategic Plan with broad community consultation.

Julia’s Experience on the School Board......
• 7 years School Trustee for the Central Okanagan School Board
• 3 years Chair, Planning & Facilities Committee
• 3 years Chair, Education & Student Services Committee
• Current Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
• 27 years, Business woman; 15 years Regional Sales Manager, Accent Inns
• 6 years BCSTA Provincial Councillor; representing the Board
• 4 years BCSTA Thompson-Okanagan Branch Executive
• 2 years Aboriginal Education Council Member


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