Election 2014: Suzanne Perreault hopes to represent Township on school board

School District 35: Perreault, Suzanne - trustee candidate (Langley Township): Believes in advocating for those who don't have a voice

  • Oct. 8, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Suzanne Perreault is seeking election as a Township representative on the Langley Board of Education in the upcoming civic election on Nov. 15.

Perreault, a mother of three children, of whom two are on the autism spectrum, has been exposed to three educational systems — in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba. She has worked with her children in the public, home schooling and distant learning environments. She has been involved in a school planning council, Langley Parents in Partners in Learning, Special Education Committee, Parent Advisory Council, has been a DPAC rep and been on the executive of the Langley DPAC.

She believes in educating, mediating and advocating for those who don’t have a voice. She wants to open doors further for education and support for the neurodiverse (also known as the learning disabled) community within the public school system, anticipating that the 21st Century learning model will greatly assist the bridging of these needs.

She worked in administration of post-secondary education, including assisting with and managing the opening of the first digital media private vocational school in Winnipeg. She sat on the steering committee for the incoming Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) system in Winnipeg and was a committee member of the “Downtown Biz” in Winnipeg.

She has also partnered in developing one of Winnipeg’s first digital media business while coordinating and hosting Winnipeg’s largest New Media awareness event in the early 1990s. She was the key negotiator for securing the first contract for a virtual online museum.

Perreault says she is excited at the success of the overall existing board and administration in developing a cohesiveness that has brought about some great achievements.

She sees herself as an individual who can aid in “bridging the gap” with schools and families.

“This will be an important season of transition for our district,” Perreault comments. “As it will set the foundation for how we continue to transition from the industrial age educational model into the 21st Century learning style, for this upcoming generation; while working toward establishing greater understanding of what inclusiveness looks like and how it is walked out. Communication will be pivotal in supporting students, families and educators with this transition.”

Her website can be found at www.suzanneperreault.me or find her via Facebook.