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Meet the SD57 trustee by-election candidates: Don Fitzpatrick

‘Education is a right not a privilege’
Don Fitzpatrick running as a trustee candidate in the June 17 SD57 by-election.

Don Fitzpatrick moved to Prince George in 1991 where he attended elementary school, high school and college.

He's the father of five children, four of whom are still in school.

“A strong connection to the north and a strong understanding of the importance of education are two things that I hold dear to my heart,” said Fitzpatrick.

“In seeking this position, I have drawn upon my personal experiences as well as those of my children in elementary and high school.”

Fitzpatrick said no matter what their background, belief system, culture, or identity is, students should be treated equally.

“I am constantly hearing the stories of my five children, four of whom are still in school, two of whom identify as LGBTQ community members and two of whom are Indigenous,” said Fitzpatrick.

“As a parent, you feel powerless when your child is experiencing hardships in the school system. As a result, I decided to run for school trustee. My experience and drive will enable me to make a significant impact in our schools for all students.”

Fitzpatrick said resources are needed within schools to work closely on the front lines with students to ensure they get the education they are entitled to, in the safest and most inclusive of ways.

He said every student no matter background, beliefs, culture, or how they identify should be treated equally as education is a right not a privilege.

“It is important that we put our students and teachers first. We can do that by encouraging inclusion, supporting all students, breaking down stereotypes, and overcoming prejudice in all forms,” said Fitzpatrick.

“As a trustee, I will work to strengthen programs within our schools that advocate for inclusion such as SOGI123.”

On Saturday June 17, voters will have to elect two candidates to fill the vacant seats on SD57’s board of education left by the resignations of Prince George trustees Betty Bekkering and Gillian Burnett.