The first two weeks of the campaign for school trustee are now behind me and it was a good start. There were lots of public meetings in West Vancouver where the candidates for school trustee sort of co-campaigned with candidates for West Vancouver's council as well as individual meetings in West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Lions Bay. I want to thank everyone for attending these events, putting questions forward and offering help to further the campaign. I learned a lot and met many new people, giving me some good insights into the three communities that comprise School District #45.
And yes, the press has been out as well with a summary in the North Shore News of the first all candidates meeting organized by the West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government (WVCGG). Both the North Shore News and WVCGG will publish detailed candidate profiles on their respective website shortly. The Lions Bay community website has listed all local candidates including all school trustee candidates here and I am hopeful that Bowen Island's Undercurrent will publish a similar candidate overview.
The WVCGG is a non-partisan community group that informs, empowers and involves residents to participate in elections while at the same time encouraging individuals to run in these elections as candidates. They interviewed all candidates and endorsed a slate of candidates for both council and school board. I am both honoured and humbled to have received their endorsement last Wednesday night. It gives some great momentum to my campaign while at the same time underlining the importance of being accountable to the voters. And that is what elections are all about.