Cindy Schafer, an incumbent school trustee and board of education chair, will seek re-election in the upcoming municipal elections.
“It is both a challenge and a privilege to serve as an elected community representative overseeing the delivery of K-12 public education in Abbotsford,” said Schafer.
She said she recognizes that the roles and responsibilities of an elected board of education who govern and oversee the delivery of education to students and conduct business as the employer with students, staff and the community in mind are important responsibilities.
Schafer, a business owner in architectural interior design services, has served as an elected trustee for the past nine years, six years as board chair, and one year as vice-chair.
Schafer said engaging students and providing learning opportunities that spark their interests are at the heart of what the board does.
“We continue to do some amazing work in Abbotsford and I am proud to be a part of the decision making process. The board’s strategic plan gives direction to our goals as a district and keeps our priorities front and center.”
Schafer has also served on city of Abbotsford committees, including the parks, recreation and culture commission and the traffic safety advisory committee.
Schafer said that moving into the next term, she sees one of the challenges being succession planning. She recognizes the significant impact leadership has on the overall tenor of any organization.
Schafer said she appreciates the support of the community and would be pleased to continue to serve as a school trustee on the Abbotsford Board of Education.