Election Day is Wednesday, October 26
Dear Friends and Neighbors,I am running for re-election to be your School Trustee on the Pembina Trails School Board. If re-elected, I will work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential.I am committed to continuing to represent your interests and concerns for the next four years.On October 26th, please choose me again as your school trustee.Sincerely,David
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I believe that it is important, particularly in the younger grades, that class sizes be reasonably small. When determining class sizes, consideration always needs to look at factors such as class composition. It is therefore necessary to look at the particular circumstances of each class in determining its appropriate size. I support the class size guidelines established by the division.COVID-19
In Pembina Trails the health and well-being of our staff and students remain our top priority. The last couple of years have been difficult for everyone. We would not have succeeded in overcoming the challenges of COVID, without the incredible dedication of our teachers and other staff, who went above and beyond the call of duty. As we begin this new school year, our students are returning to in-person learning with full access to enriching school experiences, including extracurricular activities. The threat of COVID still persists, however, and I am fully supportive of our decision to continue to strictly enforce the Public Health Orders (PHOs) issued by the province.French Immersion
French Immersion is an essential program, which is offered throughout Pembina Trails. Children who successfully complete the French Immersion program become fluently bilingual. The benefits of learning a second language are tremendous for both our children as well as for our society as a whole.International Student Program
The Pembina Trails School Division has a very strong International Student Program (ISP), which I want to see maintained. The ISP recruits students from different parts of the world to attend schools throughout the division. The students pay tuition and are billeted with local families. The school division benefits from the revenue generated. Our community benefits, as do the international students, by learning about other cultures.Neighbourhood Schools
I am strongly committed to neighbourhood schools. While it is important that schools have the capacity to offer students a variety of programming options, I am committed to maintaining neighbourhood schools wherever feasible. Children shouldn’t have to be bussed to far away communities.Parents
I am a parent and I strongly believe that parents must continually receive feedback from our schools and, at the same time, have the opportunity to provide input in their children’s learning. If re-elected I will work to ensure we maintain good communication within the division. I am committed to listening to the concerns of all parents and representing those concerns at the Board.Property Taxes
Historically Pembina Trails has tried to strike a balance between the need to provide necessary resources for teachers and students and, at the same time, keep property taxes as low as possible. We actually have the lowest mill rate in the City. Going forward, as the provincial government continues to phase out education property taxes, we will have to lobby the government to ensure we have adequate funding. We cannot sacrifice the quality of education in our Division.Public Education
I strongly support the public education system. Bill 64 would have put Manitoba’s entire public education system under partisan political control. I am relieved that the provincial government responded to opposition from the public and withdrew this harmful legislation. In Pembina Trails we have outstanding schools supported by committed staff who strive for excellence. There are a number of myths about the inadequacies of the public education system. I believe that we have to do more to promote the successes of our schools and talk about the value that we are getting for our tax dollars.Safety
Our children have the right to learn in a healthy and safe environment. Generally our schools are safe and free from violence that affects other schools. Nevertheless, problems such as bullying can occur anywhere. Violence and bullying are serious and must be dealt with quickly and decisively. We cannot tolerate violence in our schools. We therefore must provide teachers and administrators with the support and authority that they need to take appropriate action.Teachers
The quality of education that our children receive is excellent largely because of the outstanding contribution of our division’s teachers. We need to continue to support teachers and provide them with the resources that they need. If re-elected I will continue to make it a priority to ensure that teachers’ needs are addressed.
What People Are Saying!
“I served on the Pembina Trails School Board with David for three terms. I have tremendous respect for David. We need his experience and leadership on the Board.”Sue Clayton
Linden Woods Resident & Former Trustee“I have known David for many years. David Johnson is a man of exceptional integrity and decency.”Frank Bueti Linden Woods Resident"David is a person who cares about children, about education and about the role of the schools in creating a healthy and caring society."Diane Cooper Fort Garry Resident“David is very thoughtful and his thinking is thorough and complete. He takes on challenges with a beginning and an end in mind.”Don Fletcher, Fort Garry Resident“David is sincere, honest and dedicated. He is committed to ensuring the best possible education for the children of our community”Susana Scott Whyte Ridge Resident"David is concerned about our neighborhood. He is an effective voice on the School Board"Gerry Green Whyte Ridge Resident
David was elected to the Pembina Trails School Board in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. He has served as both Chair of the Board and Vice–Chair and he has been a member of all of the Board’s standing committees as well as numerous ad hoc committees. He currently serves Chair of the Finance, Buildings, Property and Transportation Committee.David and his wife Katherine live in Fort Garry. Their sons Magnus and Eric are both graduates of Vincent Massey Collegiate.David grew up in Charleswood and has lived in Fort Garry for the past 25 years. He graduated from Oak Park High School and later from the University of Manitoba where he received a B.A. in Geography.Over the years David has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors. He founded Strata Research, a company specializing in demographic mapping and database marketing.David’s main focus is his family. For many years he has served as a community volunteer and supported his sons’ hockey and soccer teams.Pembina Trails is an incredible School Division. David is seeking re-election to the School Board because he wants to ensure that the Division continues to provide quality programming in a safe and caring environment through responsible fiscal management.
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