Cory Antrim, a teacher, educational assistant and coach for over 17 years, has decided to take a stab at politics and run as a trustee for School District No. 57 (SD57)’s board of education.
“The people I have met, worked alongside and supported over the years have driven me to explore a community leadership role. I love Prince George and would be honoured to use my past experiences to help support our students, families, and SD57 staff members,” said Antrim, who also operates a charter and shuttle service.
Antrim was born and raised in Williams Lake and came to Prince George for college and to play basketball for CNC and later UNBC.
He graduated from UNBC with a Bachelor of Education degree with minors in First Nations Studies and Human Geography.
“I am a father of four children who all attend public schools, and we are very proud to call Prince George our home,” said Antrim, who also continues to work part-time as a teacher in the private system.
Antrim says students' access to sports and extracurricular activities in an issue that he’s most passionate about.
“Budgetary cuts over the years have decimated funding sources for sports and extracurricular activities excluding many students who cannot afford to participate in these life-enriching activities,” said Antrim.
“At every opportunity, I have to vote on policy, I would carefully consider if the policy in question would bring our students in SD57 closer or farther away from these essential programs.”
Antrim says he believes his experiences working a teacher, education assistant, coach, parent of four children in the education system, and now as a local businessperson, gives him a diverse knowledge base to work with as an SD57 Trustee.
“If I can take all my past experiences, and use them to assist our community members to improve our education system, this would be truly rewarding to me.”
On Oct. 15 voters will have to elect five trustees to represent Prince George on the board of education.