School board candidate stands for student-centred education

A manager at YMCA of Northern B.C. is running for school board.

"I am so excited for the opportunity to serve the students in our district," Stephanie Mikalishen-Deol said in a press release issued Wednesday. "Education is the largest impact we can have on our children and youth as a community - I cannot think of a better place to make a difference and assure that every child is receiving the best education to assure they are successful."

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Mikalishen-Deol is currently the Y's manager of philanthropy, marketing and camps and president of the B.C. Camps Association. She has volunteered with many local youth organizations including Girl Guides, Big Brothers and Big Sister and her local church.

"I believe in education that is student-centred: where we support our educators to provide learning that meets every students' needs; an education that promotes mental well-being for both our staff and students; and a district that is an employer of choice to recruit and retain the best educators in the province. I believe in an education where every child is successful."

Mikalishen-Deol also said her campaign will be self-supporting and will rely on web and social media to keep it as "green as possible."

She challenged all other candidates to forgo expensive signage and to instead make a donation to a local youth organization.

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