Castanet Kamloops is going to help you get to know the candidates running for Kamloops school trustee seats over the next few weeks. Every morning starting today, we will be posting a Q&A from one of the candidates running for the board of education in the Oct. 15 local general election. All trustee candidates were asked the same questions, and their answers, submitted to Castanet by email, are published in full.
Castanet Kamloops: Why do you think you would be a good trustee for SD73? What unique perspective, skills or vision do you bring to the table?
Marian Anderberg: I was born and raised in Kamloops and attended school here in Kamloops graduating from Kam-High. I have a son currently enrolled in the district. I have been a practicing social worker in Kamloops since 1999. My professional career has been devoted to work with children, families and individuals ensuring access to supports and services. I have experience as an educator and as an administrator. I am passionate about governance and am not afraid to voice my opinion.
What is your vision for the school district? If you are elected, what might look different four years from now?
Anderberg: Coming off the heels of the pandemic, I think that conversations about mental health and wellness have begun. I believe that as a district we must continue these conversations and influence the next generation to ensure de-stigmatization of mental health. I want to normalize and encourage open and honest conversations about mental health and wellness and encourage students and educators to speak up. I want the district to focus on prevention. I will encourage community partnerships and ongoing research initiatives.
Aside from capital projects, how do you think the district should deal with growing enrolment?
Anderberg: Growing enrolment within the district reflects community change. Kamloops is growing and changing as a community. We are becoming more diverse. As a district we will need to ensure that we are focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Students should be able to see themselves reflected in who is standing at the front of the classroom and who is in leadership. Recruiting excellent and committed educators will be key. As a district we need to advocate to ensure adequate and fair funding from the province as we are behind in the development of new schools and learning spaces for the growing student population.
In your opinion, what are the top priorities right now for SD73?
Anderberg: The need for new schools in the district to support the growth of the community. A focus on mental health and wellness for students and those who support students. Partnerships with community agencies, community members and local and regional governments including Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, to focus on long term outcomes for students including phycological and physical health, awareness of social issues and preparedness for employment and continued education.
The SD73 area has felt the impacts of climate change in recent years. What steps do you think the board could take to foster climate resilience?
Anderberg: I commit to ensure that the district partners with community researchers and incorporates Indigenous knowledge as we make decisions related to building or maintaining district properties. I commit to fostering student led initiatives. Kids have passion and ideas and they can lead the change. This could include shifts toward more sustainable landscaping and maintenance proctices at all school properties installing water bottle filling stations in all schools, adopting zero waste policies, planting trees, and building outdoor learning spaces for students to learn on the land.
Visit Castanet's Kamloops Votes page to find profiles for Kamloops SD73 trustee candidates along with links to candidates' websites and social media accounts if available.