BUILDING A BETTER FOUNDATION

Welcome to Partners in Education Abbotsford

What is Partners in Education?

Partners in Education is Abbotsford's newest civic party with a growing membership of concerned electors dedicated to ensuring that the 2022 - 2026 Abbotsford School board is comprised of candidates that will respect parents as equal partners in the education of their children.

 

Why "Partners"?

 

Partners in Education believes that every child is unique and therefore those who know them best (i.e. their primary caregivers/parents) should be equal partners in the education process. Schools and teachers provide the best foundation for children when they view their work as complementary to that of parents rather than as supplementary.

OUR VALUES

Partners in Education values the input and collaboration with parents/guardians above all else. We also deeply value collaboration with the community as a whole and transparency in the education process. We envision a truly democratic public school system where the power rests with the will of the people and excellence in education is the primary motivation.

 

Your Candidate

Jared White

My name is Jared White, and I am running to be a School Trustee in the upcoming Abbotsford municipal election. As an Abbotsford local, I have experienced the public school system from many angles and I firmly believe that a healthy public school system is vital for our communities and our children. 

 

I have listened to hundreds of parents and dozens of teachers over the years and I believe there is much room for improvement in our current system. I experienced this firsthand when I organized hundreds of Abbotsford parents to fight the School Board to save our K-7 Schools in 2016. I believe it is time for the fresh air of change to bring back a truly community and family orientated education system.

 

Increased emphasis on parental buy-in and involvement is crucial to make this a reality. We cannot continue to do things the way they have always been done. Today's technology is advancing to allow unprecedented levels of integration of home and school. Strong steps have been made in this direction during COVID but much work is left to be done.

 

As a father to 4 wonderful young children (Grades 4, 5, 10 & 12), including one adoptive son, and as a husband of over 20 years to my college sweetheart, I am passionate about children and families and believe that my presence on the school board would be a tremendous benefit to the parents and citizens of Abbotsford. For several years I have worked very successfully in the non-profit sector, including pastoral roles in local churches, and currently I manage one of the fastest growing charities in BC. I have many years of experience with governance, managing large budgets, and making difficult decisions.

 

I am running under a "Partners in Education" banner because I want to make children my number one priority by making those who love and care for them equal partners in the education process. I will bring innovation, strong leadership skills, and the ability to work honestly and collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure every student has the best possible learning experience.

 

If you believe it’s time for a change, please vote for Jared White and Partners in Education on election day.

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