Name: Noah Routley
I have 20 years’ experience as a professional advocate, educator, addictions counsellor, program co-ordinator and group home manager. I’ve worked with people of all ages from all walks of life, living with barriers and diverse abilities. Presently I’m an employment consultant specializing in customized employment and job development at Vancouver Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Why are you running for school trustee?
I believe strong advocacy is needed for all community stakeholders including students, teachers, support staff and community groups. As a single dad of a teenage daughter in the district with professional experience speaking for those who don’t always have a voice, I feel it’s my responsibility to be that advocate.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues, if elected?
I will increase overall stakeholder and community advocacy if elected. My mandate is to be available and accessible to constituents, bringing public concerns to the board. Now more than ever in our school district we need advocates with a heart and a powerful voice.
Budget accountability and tough financial decisions need to be made with consultation from the people affected by our choices. I will not shy away from making decisions that better serve our children.
I plan to increase tranparency between the superintendent, board and the public on how decisions are being made that affect the entire district with the present governance model. As a board member, I will push for accountability within district management.
How do you plan to work toward a balanced school district budget?
Since 2001 the board has reduced classroom teachers by 20 per cent while increasing management and administrator positions. This leads to an imbalance of staffing levels which can be improved and savings found. It will be my priority to make tough choices that lead to quality public education.
What do you think it takes to be an education leader in Nanaimo-Ladysmith? Describe your leadership or co-working style.
As a board member, I will listen to all stakeholders, ask real questions that address concerns, and encourage dialogue between board members and the superintendent prior to making decisions. My co-working style is collaborative and supportive, while also being a strong advocate and leader.