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CANDIDATE: Teresa Rezansoff (SD51 Trustee)
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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.
My name is Teresa Rezansoff. I attended school at Christina Lake Elementary, Perley Elementary and graduated from Grand Forks Secondary School. After living in different areas of the province my husband and I returned to our hometown to raise a family. We have four incredible children.
I continue to be motivated to serve as a school trustee by my wish to play a role in the success and well-being of children and the health of our public education system. We have much to be proud of in our school district with engaged students, outstanding teachers, support staff and administrators, supportive parents and community members and a dedicated and committed Board of Education. It takes the efforts and contributions of all of us to support our students in their learning and growth. I know with certainty that we can and will continue to grow an education system where every child can meet his or her full potential.
What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?
My experience as a locally elected school trustee has provided me with a clear understanding and appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of a governing body. I involve myself in all aspects of trusteeship by fully participating in committee and liaison work. I am energetic and purposeful with a genuine passion for public education and am committed to the values and principles of public service.
Locally, I have volunteered many happy hours to classrooms, was an active Parent Advisory Council member, including President at both Hutton Elementary and Grand Forks Secondary. Among my community volunteer roles, I include serving at the local, regional and provincial level for BC Special Olympics. Currently, I am a director with both Boundary Family and Individual Services Society (BFISS) and the Grand Forks Art Gallery.
I also serve in a leadership role at the provincial and national level. I am in my second year as President of the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA). I am a director with the Canadian School Boards Association where I chair a National Committee on Student Health and Wellness. In addition I serve as an appointed member to both the BC Teachers Council and the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board.
My educational background includes numerous governance and leadership courses along with a diploma from the BC Institute of Technology in Public Administration.
I believe that my diverse volunteer and governance experience at all levels; local, provincial and national provide me with a broad perspective and an added depth to my skills and attributes as a school trustee and advocate for student success and public education.
What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term?
Moving our district forward in a time of dwindling resources, declining enrolment and increasing complexities of student learning continue to be our challenges. However, I always look for the opportunities in the face challenge. I see this as a time of opportunity for us to really examine how we deliver education to meet the diverse needs of our students and manage that in the fiscal reality we are in.
We have just ended a critical labour dispute that brought tension and strain to relationships. There has been much focus on what is wrong with our public education system rather than what is right. There will always be challenges to overcome, but our education system should not be defined by the challenges. It should be defined by our willingness and ability to work together to overcome them. Here in SD 51 we have amazing, talented and dedicated teaching, support and administrative staff. Success is a team effort and as a team we will continue to provide quality education to the students of the Boundary.
How do you plan on addressing these challenges?
Positive working relationships are key to the effectiveness of any organization. Maintaining a strong focus on students and their needs go a long way to helping overcome challenges and allows for cooperative and collaborative action on opportunities. I am a seasoned leader who is practiced at facilitating conversations to encourage open and productive dialogue. I am experienced, have a broad knowledge base and am well informed. I am current and well versed about provincial matters and potential impacts on our students and school district. I believe my efforts locally are enhanced by my work at the provincial level and bring an informed perspective to my local role as a school trustee.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
What is the one thing that makes you stand out as a candidate? (or) What is the one thing you want people to know about you?
Although I am involved provincially on behalf of BC students and our public education system, I am first and foremost a trustee here in school district 51. My commitment to this district and its students has never wavered. It has been my honour and privilege to work on behalf of our students and communities and I am very proud of what we have accomplished here. I continue to be impressed by the dedication, caring and professionalism of school district 51 staff and my fellow trustees. The support of parents and community members has always been strong and is an outstanding asset to the Boundary.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the support I have received in my role as a school trustee in SD 51. I care greatly about the children of the Boundary, their success and achievements. I am committed to trusteeship and this school district. I stand ready and willing to continue working hard on their and your behalf.