Norah Bowman
Kelowna School District No. 23

College Professor Norah Bowman has filed nomination papers to run for School Trustee for School District 23. "As a trustee, I will bring the values of inclusivity, transparency, and collaboration," says Bowman.

"Our schools are growing, just like our city, and I have the experience, values, and local experience to help lead our school district towards an inclusive, healthy, successful, future. Our children deserve the best start in life," Bowman says.

Bowman's academic and professional experience prepares her well for being a school board trustee. A professor at Okanagan College since 2009, she holds a PhD from the University of Alberta (2013) and is currently an elected member of Okanagan College's Education Council. Bowman continues to publish academic research on topics of human rights, the environment, and literature.

Bowman sits on the board of BC's Knowledge Network, a multi-million dollar Crown corporation responsible for educational television programming in BC. Through her role as professor, department chair, community organizer, and board member, Bowman has gained significant governance and leadership in experience.

"I believe that education is a transformative space for everyone involved, and I would bring my enthusiasm for inclusion, learning, and good governance to my role as school board trustee," says Bowman.

She adds, "transparency is part of good governance, and I would work to collaborate openly with all community members. Good decisions require good communication."

An active community member, Bowman has contributed her time and expertise to a number of local non-profits, including the SPCA, Okanagan Refugee Coalition for Advocacy, and Living Positive Resource Centre.

In addition to her impressive qualifications, Norah Bowman is a long-time Kelowna resident. "I'm a proud high school graduate of School District 23, and my son is thriving at public school in Kelowna."

Former City Councillor and librarian Michele Rule says, "Norah will be the kind of trustee that our children need. She can work with teachers, bureaucrats and other levels of government to make sure our children get the best education possible. This ability to bring all the stakeholders together is a vital skill for a successful school trustee."

Deannie Zahara, local parent with three children in Central Okanagan public schools, says "I support Norah Bowman for school trustee. She has been an active member of our school community and I believe Norah will be an amazing advocate for all students in our school district."


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