Audrey McKinnon has officially submitted nomination documents for the position of School District 57 Board of Education trustee.
A byelection to replace former chair Trent Derrick and vice-chair Shuirose Valimohamed who resigned earlier this year, will be held in 2022. The recent release of a special advisor’s report outlining systemic racism and a culture of fear at the district prompted the resignations as they pair said they could not work in such a system.
As a parent of a School District 57 student, McKinnin says she has seen first-hand the role that the Board of Education plays in the lives of students. From broad issues like supporting the work of teachers and administrators, to more specific issues like mental health funding and inclusion, McKinnon says residents of Prince George need a school trustee who is prepared to advocate for all members of the school district community.
“As a parent, I understand the value of our education system and the influence it can have on
the lives and development of strong, educated, conscientious children who will grow up to
become leaders and good neighbours,” said McKinnon. ‘I believe we can foster their growth through the school system by creating an inclusive environment for students that fosters their mental health while supporting the work of educators and making proactive decisions with full transparency.”
After running for the NDP in the 2021 federal election, McKinnon says she developed a strong passion for local, grassroots democracy, and hopes to bring her lived experiences and background to the board. She is a local artist and former journalist, who currently works as a communications specialist for the BC Financial Services Authority. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous education and stronger reconciliation efforts; supporting those living in poverty; and building healthy, safe, and transparent school communities.