Candidates for board of education trustees line up

In all, 16 people vie for eight seats with the Greater Victoria school district

The papers are in and 16 names are on the list as candidates for board of education trustees with the Greater Victoria school district.

All nine current-serving trustees hope to be re-elected. They include:

• Tom Ferris, current board of education chair, former teacher and businessman, and director with the Entrepreneurial Learning Foundation

• Catherine Alpha, teacher and former early childhood educator

• Jim Holland, Anglican clergyman, former head of the local and B.C. Parent Advisory Councils

• Bev Horsman, 21-year trustee and former leader of Island and provincial school trustees associations

• Elaine Leonard, 12-year trustee, former executive with parent advisory councils

• Michael McEvoy, nine-year trustee, current president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, former campaign chair with the United Way of Greater Victoria

• Peg Orcherton, nine-year trustee, member of the board’s needs budget committee

• David Pitre, former teacher, student counsellor, principal and associate superintendent of schools

• John Young, 15-year trustee, former teacher, challenger of student fees

Seven non-trustees are also in the race. They are:

• David Bratzer, VicPD officer, critic of the so-called war on drugs

• Edith Loring-Kuhanga, current trustee with Saanich school district, teacher, Gitxsan First Nation member

• Diane McNally, reading recovery teacher at Frank Hobbs elementary

• Deborah Nohr, teacher of 25 years

• David Rand, board director for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and the James Bay Community Project, president of the Cridge Centre for the Family and vice-president of Kaleidoscope Theatre

• Richard Stern

The election for board of education trustees happens Nov. 19 alongside municipal elections to select councillors and mayors. The Greater Victoria school district covers schools in Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich and Oak Bay.

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