No stranger to dealing with youth, Stephanie Mikalishen-Deol is seeking a seat on the School District 57 board of education.
“I believe in education that is student-centred, where we support our educators to provide learning that meets every students’ needs; an education that promotes mental well-being for both our staff and students; and a district that is an employer of choice to recruit and retain the best educators in the province,” she said in a statement. “I believe in an education where every child is successful.”
For the past 10 years Mikalishen-Deol has been working with the YMCA, where she currently works as the Manager of Philanthropy, Marketing and Camps. During her time there, she has worked on several programs, initiatives and events benefiting youth, including YMCA Camp Kanannaq, the YMCA Aurora Leadership Program, YMCA Beyond the Bell, the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Foundry Prince George, National Child Day, YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA Road Race and Colour Run, the Fun City Sliders and most recently the Movie in the Park.
In addition to this role, Mikalishen-Deol is currently the president of the BC Camps Association where she serves on both the provincial and national camping boards to assure safe and quality camping for all children and youth. She has volunteered with many local youth organizations including Girl Guides, Big Brothers and Big Sister and her local church.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to serve the students in our district,” she said. “Education is the largest impact we can have on our children and youth as a community – I cannot think of a better place to make a difference and assure that every child is receiving the best education to assure they are successful.”
She wants the district to become an employer of choice.
“I believe that our educators our the greatest asset to our children’s education; thus, we have a responsibility to be the best employer possible to our educators and our students,” according to her website. “By committing to be an employer of choice, we will attract and retain the best educators from across the province. Furthermore, our educators will have job satisfaction that leaves them able to focus on what matters – teaching our students.”
Mikalishen-Deol is also self-supporting her campaign, keeping her costs minimal and her campaign as green as possible by use of web and social media. She challenges all other candidates to forgo expensive signage and to instead make a donation to a local youth organization.