Thinking of Becoming a School Board Trustee?

Apply to run by September 14, 2018

In the fall of 2018, School Trustee elections will happen across BC; an opportunity that only happens every four years. Send in your nomination papers by September 14, 2018.

As a Trustee and First Nations person, you would have a meaningful voice in the public school system that you can use to make a difference for Indigenous students and help improve the educational success of all learners.

Resources

Trustee Brochure, FNESC 2018

BC School Trustees Association, Trustee Elections 2018 and the new “A Guide for School Trustee Candidates”

Elections BC and the page Local Elections Candidates

BC Ministry of Education, School Trustee Election Procedures

FAQs

What does a Trustee do?

Trustees participate in important decisions impacting all learning in the school district, such as approval of budgets, school plans, transportation, and educational programs.

Who can run for Trustee?

To be eligible to run for office you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen.

Who cannot run for Trustee?

People who cannot run for Trustee include:

  • Those who have broken specific laws while running for office and/or holding office;
  • Judges in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, or Provincial Court; and
  • Municipal government employees.

Do I need to be a parent?

No. Public education is everyone’s responsibility and a quality public education system is beneficial for all.

Is it competitive?

In a few districts, School Trustee elections are very competitive. In other districts, where there are few candidates, some candidates get in by acclamation (no one else runs, so the candidate is automatically elected). Encourage your friends and family to come out and vote, and if you decide to run a campaign, consult BC’s General Local Election website for campaign rules.

What is a Financial Agent?

A Financial Agent is someone who will vouch for your campaign spending, even if you did not spend any money. Many candidates ask a friend or family to volunteer to be their Financial Agent. If you are planning on spending money and receiving donations, open a bank account just for your campaign.

Are there supports?

School districts often offer orientation to help new trustees learn their roles. As well, the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) offers ongoing support including an annual Trustee Academy and professional development workshops during the BCSTA Annual General Meeting.

Is there compensation?

Yes, school trustees receive a stipend and levels are set by local school boards.

CALENDAR

Jan. 1 – Oct. 20, 2018
Election period has commenced. Fill out your nomination papers, get eligible signatures, and submit your nomination papers to the local chief election officer.

June 2018
Nomination packages available

Sept. 14, 2018
Deadline for filing your nomination papers and forms naming your financial agent with the local chief election officer.

Oct. 20, 2018
Election Day across BC

“One of the best decisions I ever made was to become involved in public education by running for a trustee position in my district twelve years ago. It has been rewarding experience and I feel I am making an impact for the education of all children  in BC, but particularly Aboriginal children.”

Gloria Jackson
Lhtako Dene Member

Chair, School District #28 (Quesnel) Former Board of Director Member, BCSTA

“Having sat as a trustee, vice chair, chair and now co-chair on my Board for nineteen years I cannot stress enough how very important it is to run for the local school board. When you run, you have an opportunity to talk about what works and does not work for Indigenous students. If successful in your bid, you also have the opportunity to educate not only your local board but others across the province on issues related to rural/urban education, Indigenous education, reconciliation, etc. Please join the small number of us Indigenous  trustees in the province to ensure better outcomes for our students.”

Valerie Adrian
St’at’imc Nation (Xwisten)
Co-chair, School District #74 (Gold Trail)