|Originally from Chemainus, John Bennie has been a resident of Port Alberni since 1986. A lawyer since 1983, John and his wife Karen have four children between the two of them and have been foster parents since 2003. First elected in November 2002, John is in his fourth term as Trustee, and finds the work enjoyable and challenging, but ultimately very rewarding.|
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Rosemarie moved to the Alberni Valley in the fall of 1979, and was first elected to the Board of Education of School District 70 in November of 1980. At 25, she was one of the youngest trustees in Canada. She held that seat for three years, and ran again in 1990, when she was elected and held that seat on the board for another nine years. She ran again in November 2008, and is entering her 22nd year as a trustee in this school district. Rosemarie, as a trustee, has served on the Board of North Island College, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Board collective bargaining committees, and many other boards and committees, representing the needs of students and the school district. In 2010, it was Rosemarie who initiated the ban on cosmetic pesticides in the district, and continues to bring health and safety issues to the Board table. She fully supports progressive changes to education delivery and curriculum, and has always advocated for full, predictable and complete public education funding. Rosemarie's son Eric graduated from ADSS in 1999 as a Knight of the Armada. He is currently on an education leave from his job, completing his degree in Economics at SFU. Rosemarie enjoys her 109 year old North Port home, which is also home to her four rescued cats.
Committees: HR, SSEAC, OH & S, Agriculture Development Committee of the ACRD
Having lived in Ucluelet for 40 years, raised my 3
children here and taught in all 3 schools for 30 years I feel like I am almost
a local. I am very lucky as two of my children have returned to Ucluelet and
are raising their children here. This
community is a wonderful place to live and I am interested in supporting it and
the other west coast communities by being an involved member of the School
While the School Board looks at long range goals and the
broader needs of our schools they are also the means by which we can advocate
for our students.
All students need a safe and caring school experience . I
will be the West Coast voice for our schools
as our communities continue to grow at a very fast pace. The number of
children 5 and under is huge for our small communities and we need to prepare
for the increase at first the elementary schools and then the high school.
That preparation will include support for seismic
upgrading and/or expansion of all three schools and ways to increase the
opportunities for students as they use their school years to develop into
successful young adults with the skills
needed for their adult lives.
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Born in Port Alberni and an ADSS graduate,
Larry has lived in the Alberni Valley all his life and raised his family here. Married
to Maria, Larry enjoys life in the Alberni Valley with all the natural and
scenic surroundings and many opportunities the valley has to offer.
After retiring from a career at Safeway and
Save on Foods Larry joined the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department, currently serving the community as a volunteer
firefighter and EMA First Responder.
Larry encourages more physical activity for
kids and volunteers as a coach with the Special Olympics sports program in Port
Alberni and is a co-founder and past president of Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse
where he continues to work with the Association to grow the sport locally.
Larry is proud of the legacy of the new
ADSS which was approved, planned, built and opened during his time as chair of
the SD 70 Board of Education. He is also proud of the decisions the board made in
the reconfiguration of schools that included keeping Wood School open and
moving the VAST Alternate program from expensive leased space to the district
owned location, the 8th Ave. Learning Centre.
In addition to encouraging affordable
student opportunities for extracurricular activities including music, drama and
sports Larry is a proponent of lifelong learning for students. Removing
barriers to post-secondary education for students by developing dual credit
courses between North Island college and ADSS has been a great addition to the
many options students have. Larry will work to see more opportunities provided
for students who sometimes just need a little more encouragement and support
for them to achieve.
Focused on the board goal of improving the
district graduation rate, Larry believes students will be encouraged to do well
in school by developing more courses that have relevance to the working world. He
believes the key is maintaining and expanding educational courses and programs
related to career development, preparing students for opportunities after graduation
with emphasis on the trades, forestry, natural resources, the sciences and
Working on behalf of students during the
2018-2022 school board term Larry will focus on the continuing development of a
positive atmosphere in our schools where all students can learn and grow within
a fully safe, inclusive and evolving school system that prepares them for
success in life after graduation.
Committees: BCSTA Provincial Council, AVCOC, Port Alberni Advisory Traffic