Voters who want to hear from the 11 Maple Ridge school board candidates can at Whonnock Lake Centre, Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
It is the only trustee all-candidates meeting prior to the Nov. 19 election, and is hosted by the Whonnock Community Association.
Moderator Phil Johnson is hoping to see a good turnout given the meeting will be the only chance for Maple Ridge voters to see all 11 candidates in the same place.
“People have to get engaged, so we’re giving them an opportunity,” he said.
Candidates will each have two minutes to speak about why they should be elected to one of the five available trustee seats. At that point, the floor will be turned over to questions from the audience.
“[The candidates] can address the issues they feel are most important, and then the parents have an opportunity,” Johnson said.
Typically, the District Parent Advisory Council also hosts an all-candidates meeting. However, with DPAC chair Michelle Neale running for school trustee, the local parent group has opted not to hold one this election.
“Given that I’m actually running, I‘m kind of staying at arms length,” said Neale.
The decision to hold an all-candidates meeting was left with DPAC’s executive, which opted decided not to organize one, according to Neale.
Running for school trustee in Maple Ridge: Susan Carr, Ken Clarkson, Gary Cleave, Cherie Delainey, Mary Flavelle, Kathy Marshall, Mike Murray, Michelle Neale, Dave Rempel, Melanie Scott, and Rod Smelser.
In Pitt Meadows, Sarah Nelson and Eleanor Palis have both been acclaimed to the school board.