Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:12

Wright taking over from Bickner in Chinook’s Subdivision 7

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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With Chinook School Board elections coming up on Oct. 24, nominations are coming in for potential new board members. Since Subdivision 7 representative John Bickner is stepping down from his position on the board, Shauna Wright will be taking over the role.


Wright moved to Vanguard two years ago, and her son is currently in sixth grade at Vanguard School. She is passionate about keeping rural schools open, after being impressed at the quality of education her son is receiving.
“These rural schools are such a huge part of the culture here in Saskatchewan, and the education offered here is so far above the standard we were getting at a larger school in Alberta,” she admitted. “It’s a big deal for me that this school remains open and providing education of this quality, as well as the other rural schools in the district. It’s such a unique situation in Saskatchewan, where kids aren’t being bussed all over to larger communities.”
After growing up in rural Manitoba, Wright ended up in Alberta as a single mom. Both she and her son were unhappy with the quality of life there, and she feels strongly that Saskatchewan has been a blessing to both her and her child.
“We just love it here, in this small town with a real community feel,” she explained. “It’s such a unique situation here in Saskatchewan, where kids aren’t being bussed all over to schools in larger communities. Some kids in Alberta were traveling more than an hour to and from school, and that makes their days pretty long. I think that really affects the quality of their education, and I don’t want to see that happen here.”
While Wright admits that there will be a learning curve for her while she familiarizes herself with the new position, she has already taken on an active role as part of the Rec Board in Vanguard. She takes a hands-on approach within the community, noting that ‘you can’t complain about something if you’re not going to step up and take part in it.’
“I do have a few ideas that I would like to bring to the table, but not until I get to that first meeting,” she said. “For me, it’s really a matter of wanting to maintain the quality education that kids are getting here, and keeping good communication going with parents and the school division.”
Wright has some first-hand knowledge of how that works, since she has been a part of the Vanguard SCC since the spring of 2012. She came in with a lot of new ideas, and when school board representative John Bickner was stepping down from his position to focus on other responsibilities, he suggested that Wright take over.
“He just couldn’t stay anything bad about the school board, and I really wanted to be a part of that,” Wright noted. “I think that in this area, teachers are really a part of the community, and they’re not just here for a job. They connect with the students, and it’s a bit more one-on-one. Kids aren’t just a number.”

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