For Maple Ridge trustee
• Name: Lisa Beare.
• Residence: I just purchased a new property and am in the process of relocating home to Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: Flight attendant; University of Victoria, local government management diploma (pending).
• Volunteer work: : board of directors for Variety the Children’s Charity; Canadian Women Voters Congress; Women in Aviation; The 99’s; Children’s Wish Foundation.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for school board.
Answer: I went to Eric Langton elementary and Maple Ridge secondary, and graduated from Thomas Haney secondary. I am a community member with family in the public school system. I have always been an advocate for children’s needs. A quality public education benefits us all.
Q: Why are you running for trustee?
A: I care about our community and about the quality of public education. Every child deserves access to the resources they need to succeed. We need strong voices to advocate for proper funding. I think we can do a better job of working with the community and all partners in education.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: My dedication and history in the community. I have over 17 years leadership experience. I believe in teamwork and that together we can work towards the common goal of protecting public education.
Q: How do you see the school district changing in the next 10 years?
A: I see a strong, well-funded education system that not only addresses the individual child’s passion in the classroom, but provides them with the resources they need to get jobs. All students will have access to proper teacher and support staff levels and a community that is engaged in board decisions.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to school board?
A: Work with all the partners in education to advocate for a properly funded education system and include them in the decision making process. Introduce ways to get the community more involved in education. Make the board processes more open and transparent to the public.