Incumbent Chair Cindy Schafer Running For Trustee

Submitted. Cindy Schafer, Abbotsford Incumbent School Trustee and Board of Education Chair, is seeking re-election in the upcoming municipal elections.

Schafer says, “… it is both a challenge and a privilege to serve as an elected community representative overseeing the delivery of K-12 public education in Abbotsford.”

She clearly recognizes that the roles and responsibilities of an elected Board of Education who govern and oversee the delivery of education to students and conduct business as the employer with students, staff and the community in mind are important responsibilities.

Schafer, a business owner in architectural interior design services, has served as an elected trustee for the past 9 years, six years as Board Chair, and one year as Vice Chair.

Schafer acknowledges engaging students and providing learning opportunities that spark their interests are at the heart of what the Board does. “We continue to do some amazing work in Abbotsford and I am proud to be a part of the decision making process. The Board’s strategic plan gives direction to our goals as a district and keeps our priorities front and center.”

Moving into the next term, Schafer sees one of the challenges being succession planning. She recognizes the significant impact leadership has on the overall tenor of any organization.

Schafer says she appreciates the support of the community and would be pleased to continue to serve as a school trustee on the Abbotsford Board of Education. Vote for Cindy Schafer on November 15th, 2014.

Highlights this term:
Community in Schools Review – completed a comprehensive look at the many and varied ways our community is involved in our schools.
Youth Council 34 (YC34) – regular meetings with student representatives from each of our high schools with the Board to discuss educational issues.
Board Self Evaluation – Completed evaluation arising from Trustee Indemnity committee recommendation (spring 2011) Board completed with participation from Senior Staff (spring 2014).
Approval of student learning exploration center ‘The Explo Zone’ at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School.

Responsibilities, Involvement & Experience:
Chair, Abbotsford Board of Education (6 years, Vice Chair 1 year)
Appointee, Communications Committee
Appointee, Agenda Setting Committee
Representative, Provincial Council, BC School Trustee Association (BCSTA)
Appointee, BCSTA Finance Committee
Ex officio, Board Standing Committees
Board Policy Committee (Past Chair)
Education Committee
Finance Committee
Appointee, Abbotsford Community Foundation Awards Committee
Representative, BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA)
Commissioner, City of Abbotsford: Parks Recreation Culture 3 years (Chair 1 year)
Appointee, City of Abbotsford: Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

Contact: Cindy Schafer

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