Candidate profiles

When you vote in the 2021 by-election, you will be asked to vote for one school trustee for the remainder of the four-year term ending in November 2022. Here are the candidates running for those positions.

Information provided for each candidate includes their nomination papers (required), a 250-word statement written by the candidate (optional), and their key contact details.

Candidates are listed here in alphabetical order as they will be on the ballot

Candidate financial disclosure statements

Under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, candidates must file a financial disclosure statement. Those statements will be available on the  Elections BC website

 

Burleigh, Jo-Anne

604-961-5239

I grew up in Deep Cove and graduated from Seycove Secondary. My children went to Capilano Elementary and graduated from Carson Graham Secondary. I am fortunate to live, work and play on the North Shore and I am excited at the prospect to give back to my community and be involved in local education priorities in the role of School Board Trustee for North Vancouver District.

I have built my career within Vancouver Coastal Health, first working in Rehabilitation for 13 years as a Recreation Therapist at GF Strong, and for the last 14 years in Population Health on the North Shore, as the Active Living Coordinator. I have strong connections across all sectors of the community and bring valuable experience working with diverse populations, advocating for opportunities with health and wellness, physical activity, and physical literacy. 

Over the last two years, I have been Chair of the North Vancouver Physical Literacy for Communities Network and have worked extensively with the School District to increase awareness and education about physical literacy and physical activity across our community of schools.

I believe education should be inclusive, supportive, and equitable. I believe everyone has a voice and it is the role of the trustee to connect and liaise with the community, families, students, teachers, educational assistants, and administration staff to ensure that all voices are brought to the table. As a Trustee, I will lead with integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

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Kolstee, Jullian

778-840-1991

15-888 West 16th Street

I’m a first generation Canadian, born to Chilean and Dutch immigrants.

Family challenges as a child left my father on disability leave from teaching at Carson Graham, and my mother struggling to make ends meet for my brother and I. Comprehensive services and programming offered by North Vancouver School District were lifelines for me through to graduating from Carson Graham in 2009. Access to counselling services, extra-curricular programming delivered by volunteers, and supports for my learning disability and gifted enrichment were all integral to successfully overcoming my challenging circumstances.

Despite my learning disability, I earned my Bachelor of Communications Studies from Capilano University, where I served on the board of the Capilano Students’ Union for three years. I’m fortunate to currently be engaged in culture & development strategy at NephroCan Inc, a global company offering products and services for hemodialysis. I maintain a parallel career as an actor, improvisor, and instructor, while running one of Canada’s premier improv programs at Carson Graham for the past twelve years.

Services from all levels of government, organized labour, and support from our community have contributed to my relative success, and I hope to continue to give back in a new role as Trustee. I learned a lot from being a candidate in 2018 and I feel more prepared than ever. I offer my experience and a fresh perspective to the board as a millennial, a former student with a disability, a long serving volunteer, and more.

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Kozak, Alex

1793 Peters Road, North Vancouver, V7J1Y7

604-812-3141

I have been fortunate to live my entire life in North Vancouver, attending Seymour Heights and Windsor Secondary and now my children attend Lynn Valley Elementary.

Schools are the hub of communities. They are places where our children learn about nature at outdoor school, play sports on the fields, and perform in front of hundreds of friends and families. But the pandemic has taken so much from our school communities.

As a public school teacher of 25 years, I know the daily challenges school communities face during the pandemic.

Challenges like:

  • Anxiety and mental health issues among students, parents, and staff.
  • Financial shortfalls amplified by increased cost of safety measures in schools and decreasing international enrollment.
  • Loss of performing arts, sports, field trips, and school-based events that are paramount to the identity of our schools.

I live these challenges each and every day.

With safety and transparency as a core value, I am running for School Trustee to help bring community back to schools. Together, we can build on the lessons of COVID as we bring back the performing arts, athletics, field trips, and ceremonies/celebrations that make our schools great.

My expertise will provide the School Board with an “on the ground”

perspective into the issues raised by parents, teachers and, most importantly, students. I will work with honesty and integrity while drawing on my deep experience to support our outstanding learning communities.

Learn more about me at alexanderkozak.ca

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Munro, Linda

778-839-9649

Schools are hubs of opportunity where children can discover their strengths and passions. Because I care deeply about ensuring the best educational experience for every student, I am running for School Trustee in North Vancouver School District.

I bring:

  • Values of community and inclusion: My vision is to see our schools become places where all students feel welcome and know they belong.
  • Support for complex learners: Providing tools to succeed offers students opportunities to develop and celebrate their strengths.
  • Endorsement for Indigenous ways of knowing and Social-Emotional Learning: These frameworks recognize a whole person approach to education, which encourages a more positive K-12 school experience.

As a former student of Montroyal and Handsworth and a current parent of children at Ross Road and Argyle, I understand both ends of our school system.

My experience:

  • School leadership: PAC Chair and school planning committee member at Ross Road for the last three years. I got to know the strengths and challenges of our school and focused on community building to increase school connections for every family.
  • NVSD involvement: Provided input on NVSD’s next 10-year strategic plan at multiple community stakeholder events and attended NVPAC and board meetings to gain insight and share information.
  • Community experience: Trustee for North Vancouver District Public Library, President of Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool and 2018 winner of the Good Neighbour Award

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Williams, Linda

604-990-9086

“I strongly support Linda Williams for School Board as I know she has the experience and ability to be an effective School Trustee.” — Don Bell, CNV councillor

I have lived in the District since 2004.  My son attended Brooksbank Elementary, Sutherland Secondary, and now Capilano University.

  • I believe that if SD44 brought in some career planning programs it would benefit our students greatly by giving them more choices, better preparing them for their future.
  • Was on the ground floor of Loutet Farm. Dan Rogheur, UBC, met with both councils, and secured the land near Gerry’s garden.  As we gained more community partners, and the NSNH got involved, our dream became a reality, Loutet Farm was born…when minds and departments work together things can be obtained.
  • Experienced some vandalism which led me to District council. I worked with the RCMP, youth advocate groups, community outreach programs, local residents, and with everyone working together major improvements were made to our area.
  • Initiated some traffic calming. Worked with the District Traffic engineer; got marked crosswalks, designated walkway installed in the north south lane connecting 13 with 14, got signage, and painted the curbs.
  • Been involved in community sports and managed baseball/hockey teams, and supported his Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Brooksbank PAC member for his elementary years.
  • Flight attendant, 33 years, with Wardair, Canadian Airlines, Air Canada.

I'm also very proud to say that Irene Young and Jordan Back, will be endorsing me as well.

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