Name: Tania Brzovic
I have two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and one in child and youth care. I have served on multiple non-profit agency boards, where I learned about budgeting and good governance. Though I am currently unemployed, I am an active volunteer; I co-ordinate a youth floor hockey program and I’ve helped in many area schools. I have worked as an advocate, with a specialization in dealing with the school system.
Why are you running for school trustee?
I’m running because I believe the public education system is in crisis. We need a strong board that will advocate for improved funding. I also believe we can use current funding more effectively. We need strong voices and fresh ideas.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you intend to tackle these if elected?
My top three priorities are to look at streamlining administration so we can get more resources into the classroom so as to address class size/composition concerns; improve relationships within the district stemming from changes brought on by the current governance model; speak up for the community and support teachers/public education.
How do you plan to work towards a balanced school budget?
I will work toward a balanced budget by speaking out about the need for adequate funding; collaborating with stakeholders to determine where best to use resources; discussing the pros and cons of submitting a needs budget. At the very least, we need to make sure the community and the government are aware of the gap between funding levels and funding needs.
What do you think it takes to be an education leader in Nanaimo-Ladysmith? Describe your leadership or co-working style.
To be an educational leader in this district one must be willing to work with all educational partners. We need to build trust, engage the community, have open dialogue. Consultation with unions and parents must be meaningful. My style is to be collaborative, open, honest, and, when necessary, frank. I am a strong advocate for the things I believe in, yet I remain flexible and open to new ideas and approaches.