By Dale Woodard on September 15, 2021.
After four years as board chair for the Lethbridge School Division, Christine Light is seeking re-election.
Thanks to that first term, the mother of two children in the public school system brings ample experience to the position, an experience she would love to continue.
“Running in my first electionÂ trusteeship really came from my desire to grow in my understanding ofÂ how schools work and how the education system works,” said Light. “It’s such a bigÂ machine. So I wanted to grow in my understanding of that. I alsoÂ wanted to use my voice and participate and help shape what it is. It’sÂ been a huge learning curve over the past four years. So I’m reallyÂ excited to continue my journey as trustee and really dive deeper intoÂ the different ways we can make our division stronger and help supportÂ students, parents and staff.”
In her first term, Light said she learned how incredible the division is.
“Students, staff and families have shown such amazing resiliency in a challenging season,” she said. “Students have stepped up and not given up, teachers have continued to engage and inspire and parents have unwaveringly supported their children and staff. Our community has, in many ways, become stronger through adversity and I am excited to see the ways we will continue to grow and flourish.”
However, it’s been difficult past year, said Light.
“I think we have a dividedÂ community and some issues that are dividing, whether it be COVID andÂ ideologies surrounding that or whether it be race or gender, we have significant issues. So I think toÂ create safe spaces to have those conversations and create a trulyÂ inclusive culture where people can come and express concerns, expressÂ perspectives, be heard and then have that conversation on how we moveÂ forward together and how we make this a better community for ourÂ students to thrive in and for our staff to serve in.”
The curriculum is often in the conversation as well, said Light.
“We met with the minister a couple ofÂ weeks ago and continued our advocacy in saying this is not the bestÂ curriculum for kids. It doesn’t put kids first. So we need to continueÂ to hold the province to account on that.”
Light now seeks to continue her involvement.
“I love my job,” she said. “It truly is a privilege and a responsibility that IÂ respect and I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for the space it has givenÂ me to have a voice and place to hear the voices of others. It wouldÂ truly be an honour to be trusted again with this role if people chooseÂ to re-elect me.”
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