Phil Anderson, who moved to Abbotsford earlier this year, is running for a seat as a school trustee.
Anderson had served as a school trustee in Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan where he and his wife lived in the mid-1970s and 80s.
Anderson and his family returned to BC in 1985 to pursue an auto repair business. In early 2014, Anderson and his wife retired to Abbotsford.
“Education is a stepping stone to the work place or further education for our young people. And trustees are a link between the community and the classroom. I want to use my knowledge and my experience (business and life) to help keep the Abbotsford school system as a model for other districts.”
Anderson’s background includes three years at Vancouver Bible Institute (VBI). After graduating from VBI, he worked building logging and highway trucks while pastoring at South Burnaby Baptist church. In the late 1960s he moved to Edmonton to work on the trucks he helped build. During that time he was also a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and a deacon at Gold Bar Baptist church.
While in Lloydminster he was a counsellor and director at his church’s youth camp. He was also involved with Christian Camping International across Canada for 12 years.
Anderson now heads up ‘First Contact’ at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Surrey where he is in charge of greeting, parking, and ushering teams in the welcome area.