Preet Rai, a school trustee on the Abbotsford School District’s board of education since 2008, is seeking a fourth term.
“My upbringing instilled both a desire and a sense of responsibility around family, community involvement and education. It was a driving factor when I first ran for school trustee and it is the reason I am seeking re-election,” Rai said in a statement.
Rai, a chartered accountant from India, has worked for the Scottish government, then the B.C. government after moving to Canada in 1995.
“Having a global perspective, I have always taken a keen interest in community, social and cultural activities,” Rai said. “My wife is a teacher in Abbotsford. We have three children, who attended Abbotsford public schools.”
Rai also noted experience serving on the Community of Character Council, Abbotsford Youth Commission, AbbyFest board, Cycling for Diversity, MSA museum board, The Reach board, Literacy Matters board, sister city committee, the Canuck Place campaign executive committee, fundraising for the Canuck Place Hospice built in 2014.
“In my close interactions with students at AbbyFest, [Fraser Valley Regional] Heritage Fair and other community events, I have witnessed the pride that they feel in volunteering and displaying their talent, which in turn gives me energy and keeps me focused on looking into suitable opportunities to prepare students to reach their full potential and be successful.”