“Our business is educating children. That should always be our main focus: the classroom and the classroom teachers.”
A life-long resident of West Kildonan, Edward believes communication is critical when it comes to education. That’s why even when he’s working at the Main Street IGA, he doesn’t mind parents coming to him with questions about their children’s schools. He feels that being in contact, getting feedback and even visiting schools himself helps paint a bigger picture of what the Division is doing – and can do better – for children, families and the community.
Becoming a Trustee was a natural progression for Edward. As a husband and parent (married 20 years) with two children still attending school in the Division, he has always been an active participant in their education, including spending a period as President of the Victory School Parent Council.
Edward brings a keen business sense to the Board, having completed Business Administration (majoring in Marketing) at Red River College before going on to earn his Certified in Management (C.I.M.) designation and his Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation at the University of Manitoba. His business skills enable Edward to look at budget issues with a different eye, helping ensure that as much money as possible continues to be channelled directly into Division classrooms.
He has deepened his community roots through his involvement with the Parish Council at Saint Anthony’s Parish and West Kildonan Residents Association (spearheading such activities as the annual Spring- Clean-Up or the Citizens On Patrol group). He even coaches hockey and ringette. These strong community connections give him the opportunity to interact with his fellow residents on an everyday basis so he knows exactly what’s on peoples’ minds.
As important as communication is, Edward also encourages people – particularly parents – to play an active role in education. Whether volunteering for committees, helping out at a school, fundraising to support programs or even just taking the time to ask questions, Edward believes that the more people get involved, the more education improves.