Abbotsford board of education trustee Cindy Schafer (left) says she is not running in the upcoming election, marking the first current trustee to make a public announcement on the matter.

Schafer won’t seek re-election to Abbotsford school board

Schafer marks first incumbent trustee to publicly announce intentions in upcoming election

Cindy Schafer has announced she won’t be running for re-election to the Abbotsford School District board of education, marking the first trustee to announce her election plans.

Schafer has been on the school board for 13 years, including seven serving as chair, but recently said she is stepping down to focus on her interior design company and to spend time with family and friends.

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“It has been a real privilege to serve my community as a school trustee. I leave now, both humble and grateful for all the people I have gotten to know, the friendships that have resulted and the incredible experience this has been for me,” Schafer said in a statement.

Schafer has served as chair, vice-chair, policy committee chair, B.C. School Trustees Association representative and B.C. Public School Employers’ Association representative. She has also been the board’s representative to the City of Abbotsford transportation advisory committee and the parks, recreation and culture committee, where she also served as chair.

“My passion will always be children, families and education. We have a great school district with many amazing staff at all levels. Thank you for letting me serve my community in this capacity for the past four terms. It has been an extraordinary opportunity and privilege.”

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