School trustee candidate Q&A: Leslie Tucker

How long have you been living in Thompson?

About 16 years.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m an instructor at the northern social work program at the University of Manitoba.

Why do you want to be on the school board again?

I have been a trustee for eight years. It’s going to be an interesting little bit of a time, so I just felt like it was important to have my experience with the provincial government and my experience within my role as a trustee there again. I’m still really interested in what’s going on with the students. I’m interested in some of the programs that are going on in the elementary schools, and certainly at RDPC. I’m interested in the music program, making sure that it keeps on going and the athletic program is so strong and also the new feminist group in RDPC is just something that’s right up my alley. So I’m interested in a number of initiatives that have been taken on by the teachers and students themselves.

What is the most important educational issue you want to address if elected?

Making sure that our district’s response is adequate and serves the needs of the community to the changes that are coming up the pipe. We don’t really know exactly what those changes will be, but just to ensure that there’s the solid experience in place in order to respond appropriately.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I think it’s quite critical to have the experience in place right at this time.

I certainly have experience, I certainly do have enthusiasm and I’m certainly prepared to work as hard as I can with anyone who gets selected in order to maintain the integrity of our educational system and try to improve it.

Anything else you want to add? 

I just applaud all who run in the municipal elections and I just really encourage people to participate and to get to know their candidates and get out and vote.

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