Carol McNamee for School Trustee

Carol McNameeCarol McNamee, a candidate for school trustee in the November 15, 2008, municipal election, has spent her entire career involved in promoting and protecting public education, first as a secondary teacher and then as the president of the Nanaimo District Teachers' Association. She is known as a very vocal critic of the erosion of services and opportunities for the students of School District 68 and has vast experience in lobbying the school board on everything from class size to composition issues, student safety issues, support for special needs children, the negative impact of Bill 33, and much more. McNamee has a passion for the importance of public education and has taken her concerns to MLAs and provincial organizations. She is an experienced negotiator and mediator and has worked successfully with parents, teachers, CUPE 606, senior management, the community, and trustees to bring improvements to our district's educational environment.

McNamee does not support the closing of schools as the answer to the funding shortfall in the district and understands the importance of schools as the center of many communities. She strongly believes it is the obligation of the provincial government to fully fund the public education system. “I believe that the education of our children is the most important issue and responsibility we have, and I am willing to fight for their rights to an education that meets the needs of all learners.”

Carol McNamee was born and raised in Nanaimo. She has taught at NDSS and Woodlands secondary schools. She is married to Denis McNamee, also a retired teacher, and has three stepchildren. Carol retired in June 2007. For more information on Carol McNamee's campaign, call 250-751-1568 or email cmcnamee AT shaw.ca.

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