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Meet the SD57 trustee by-election candidates: Heather McKenzie

‘My goal is to continue raising the bar for all learners in the district’
Heather McKenzie who worked in education administration for 27 years is running to be a SD57 trustee.

Heather McKenzie was born and raised in Williams Lake as part of a ranch family.

She has over 27 years of experience in education administration and now works with Lheidli T’enneh First Nation where she implements traditional community programs from daycare to Grade 12.

“Throughout my career, I have prioritized collaboration, competitive analysis, and team leadership to achieve exceptional outcomes for First Nation communities. I believe it is time to bring my expertise and dedication to a broader platform. My goal is to continue raising the bar for all learners in the district, ensuring that every student enrolled receives the best possible education. I am committed to making a positive impact on their lives and empowering them to succeed,” said McKenzie.

She said her experience in education administration, coupled with strong leadership skills positions her to be an effective trustee.

“I have a proven track record of fostering collaboration, building capacity, and achieving remarkable educational outcomes. I understand the importance of working together as a team and will bring patience, understanding, and clarity to the board.”

She said she prioritizes student success above all else, and is dedicated to supporting parents, guardians, educators, and the community as a whole.

McKenzie said she believes in creating believe in creating an inclusive and safe environment for all students.

“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policies play a crucial role in ensuring that every student feels respected, accepted, and supported,” said McKenzie. “These policies protect the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ students and promote equality and understanding within our schools and communities. I fully support the SOGI policies in place both at the district and provincial levels and will advocate for their continued implementation and improvement.”

McKenzie said she understand the complexities and challenges facing schools.

“I will work tirelessly to bring the board together, support parents and guardians, and ensure effective communication with the community. By voting for me, you are choosing a dedicated advocate for your child's education, their teachers, and their schools.”

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.