School trustee candidate Q&A: Samantha Chartrand

How long have you been living in Thompson?

It was four years in April, so it’s going on five years. I’m from St. Laurent. 

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What do you do for a living?

One of my favourite jobs was working with mobile crisis here in town with Hope North and the only reason I’m not still there … it’s 12-hour shifts. It begins at noon and it ends at midnight and it’s difficult for me because I have my own small children. I’ll never see them. It’s just not the right time. It shows I can put children first.

Why do you want to be on the school board? 

I’ve always been interested in politics especially in St. Laurent. My dad had always been a school trustee and he moved on and he’s on council now in St. Laurent. I had been speaking with other moms about having that kind of voice on the board, a parent. I always thought I’ll do it when I’m older, when the kids are older, but I thought, well, why not now? You’re always so busy and preoccupied with your children but I’m good at juggling.

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

I wanted to go around and introduce myself to all the principals in town. I asked them do you guys have concerns or issues and so far there’s none. They have this much money for educational assistant or to work with these IDEAL students. We can’t have control over that so I think just supporting staff and always just trying to meet the needs of the schools. There’s no particular issue that I’m aware of. I’m looking forward to learning more, getting more involved. 

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I’m good at listening and I won’t be so opinionated that I can’t work from all perspectives and sides. I can be fair and transparent. I can represent anyone that steps forward and says they have a concern. I can represent them to the board

Anything else you want to add? 

My mom’s actually a school trustee now. She stepped in.

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