Shirley Wilson, Board of Education vice-chair for Abbotsford School District No. 34, has confirmed she will let her name stand for re-election for the 2014-18 term in the Nov. 15 municipal election.
Dedicated to education, families and community, Wilson said she is devoted to continued advocacy for the best possible opportunities to prepare students for a lifetime of success.
“All learners must be provided opportunity to realize their full potential and see that their ambitions and dreams are possible” says Wilson, “Our community plays a lead role in the education of our students. I remain committed to our children and families in Abbotsford.”
Wilson believes student success is supported by school choice, active parental involvement, strong individual support and fiscal accountability. She believes it takes a village to raise a child. Abbotsford has a solid history of providing world class, innovative, and individualized education for all students in our schools, she says, adding Abbotsford is the first district to create and operationalize a strategic plan centred on student success.
Wilson believes parents must play an integral role as primary educators for their children. She says she has always been a strong advocate for families whether through her work in the charitable sector or in her elected school trustee position. Education is fundamental for children and families, and integrating community development with the public school system is key to success for each student.
An Abbotsford Senior Secondary graduate, Wilson is raising two children, with one in high school and one in University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). A life-long learner, Wilson is enrolled in UFV completing her BA in Adult Education.
Wilson provides event management and planning services to the charitable sector in the Fraser Valley. She moved here in 1983 with her family.
Elected in 2005, Wilson has served many roles in the community on behalf of the Board of Education, including her current role as Vice Chair, and remains personally active in organizations locally, provincially, and nationally.