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Retired beekeeper running for Prince George school board

Cathy Fortin said she wants to take on a new challenge for her 70th birthday
Cathy Fortin for SD57
Cathy Fortin is running as a trustee for the board of education at SD57.

Cathy Fortin has decided to run for a position as a trustee on School District No. 57’s (SD57) board of education as a new challenge to celebrate turning 70-years-old.

“I haven't a clue what I am doing.  This is so out of my realm it is daunting.  But that is what challenges are all about, getting out of a person's comfort zone,” said Fortin.

Fortin spent her career in a variety of different jobs.

She worked as a weather observer in Mackenzie from 1974-86 and as a forest tech from 1989-93, and then in the forest resource training program from 1994-97.  She has also been driving taxis sporadically since 1986 which is the year she moved to Prince George.

“I know this city, physically, better than I know the back of my hand,” said Fortin. 

“I have been involved with a number of organizations over the years including Toastmasters, the Meals on Wheels program, and a forest advisory committee we had for a few years established to mitigate forest fire issues within the city limits and Theatre Northwest to name a few.”

She said she knows a lot of people in the city from many different backgrounds and on many different levels and is good at connecting people of similar interests and concerns.

“I have no idea what the most important issues are for SD57.  With my teaching and supervising experience, my focus will be on the students,” said Fortin.

“I connect well and enjoy children and young adults.  I have lost touch with them and look forward to meeting students and learning what makes them tick these days.”

Fortin said her passion is learning and she loves to teach what she learns to others and she plans on learning how to make cheddar cheese on election day.

She is also a member of the PG Beekeepers but is currently bee-less and hopes to populate her top-bar hive next spring.

“I don't think I am the best person for school trustee, I would just like to have a voice in our kids' and grandkids' education,” said Fortin.

On Oct. 15 voters will have to elect five trustees to represent Prince George on the board of education.