SD #68 School Trustee Candidate
Vote Leana Pellegrin on October 15th
Elect Leana Pellegrin
School Trustee for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools
Leana Pellegrin is a married mother of two. She has lived in Nanaimo for over 17 years, and has deep roots in the community. Both of her children have attended public schools, one of whom has successfully graduated and is currently attending university in Montreal with her youngest attending a local high school in grade 10.
Leana's experience as a volunteer at Nanaimo Youth Services Association and with the SD #68 District Parent Advisory Council makes her an ideal candidate to serve on the Board of Education as a school trustee. She has a profound commitment to supporting youth so they can succeed.
At NYSA, Leana has been a board member for 10 years. In this role, Leana saw first hand the vulnerability and needs of the youth that live here. She understands that when you provide the necessary supports and services to youth they become thriving members of our communities.
Her years of experience as a parent volunteer in schools and with District PAC have given her an appreciation for how the school district operates. She has participated in many school district committees, including Safe Schools where the inclusion policy was drafted. Leana has also been a part of the Syeyutsus Family (formerly known as the Reconciliation Committee) for almost 5 years. The impact of this committee has shifted the culture of the school district and Leana is grateful to have been a part of that important work.
Seeing students succeed is at the center of Leana's reason for running for school trustee.
Every student has unique needs, and Leana will be a decision maker who listens to parents, students, and all partner groups to ensure she is making decisions in the best interests of students.
Leana is dedicated to ensuring graduation rates continue to climb, and believes that there should be parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous grad rates.
Truth & Reconciliation
Truth and reconciliation is an important responsibility for all Canadians. Leana is strongly committed to walking together with Elders and Knowledge Keepers as a school trustee.
Following the path of reconciliation is necessary in order to achieve graduation parity. Further, Leana believes that all students should see themselves reflected in what they are learning and their school environments. She will make decisions that ensure Indigenous students and their families feel welcomed in SD68 schools.
As a school trustee, Leana will be a committed leader who values safe and inclusive schools. Everyone who walks through the doors of an SD68 building should feel safe, valued and cared for.
Safe schools also means advocating for more Ministry of Education resources to upgrade and replace aging buildings. Leana will work hard on behalf of the community and families as an advocate see more provincial investment in our school facilities.
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