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He has two daughters, aged 8 and 3, and another daughter on the way (ETA December 2018). Brent’s issues are your issues and will remain your issues for years to come.
He is a professor at Conestoga College. He has volunteered extensively for many organizations that support these causes (WRDSB, City of Kitchener, Emmanuel at Brighton Childcare, Special Olympics, Autism Calgary Association, Futurpreneur, Ivey Connects, and he teaches Sunday School). Brent’s wife is a local pediatrician. These are issues that are clearly very important in his home.
The Ministry of Education clearly states that a trustee is a member of a team – our current team of trustees do not work well together. Brent has a track record of being a team-player, team-builder, and can provide solid leadership and stability.
Trustees are responsible for working with the WRDSB finance team to pass a balanced budget. Trustees are currently lacking this extensive financial and fiscal experience that Brent can offer - Brent's expertise would provide much needed assistance and support to the board. Let's ensure that the impact of each tax dollar is maximized for each and every student.
Brent was co-chair of the Parent Involvement Committee of the WRDSB and through this term, he has provided leadership to PIC and the board. He has been an advocate for parent involvement and parent engagement through various initiatives. Brent spearheaded the new Parent Posts blog series, Brent has helped organize the annual parent conference at Bluevale Collegiate for years, and Brent has created a strategic plan for PIC through these transition years.
Brent has served on the French Immersion committee and recently the Research committee. Brent has experience with the Parent Reaching Out (PRO) grant application process and has been successful in obtaining funding for two major projects.
Brent has existing relationships with the Director of Education (and has met regularly with the Director over the past two years), coordinating superintendents, superintendents, senior staff, trustees, the Communications department, and many other staff within the board.
Brent has frequently and regularly attended trustee meetings. Brent has been extensively involved in coordinating and representing the board at numerous parent and WRDSB events, including conferences organized by the Ministry of Education and People for Education.
Brent wants you to feel that you can be more involved in your child's education, that YOUR concerns will be heard, and that real change can happen for our kids. Let’s make it easier for parents to find high-impact, low-time ways to get involved. Let’s continue to improve board communications. Let’s get timely and relevant resources in the hands of people who need them.
Additional support is needed for students with special needs - resources for diagnosis and support for kids with learning disabilities, autism, and other learning needs. Brent understands first-hand as he has worn hearing aids since grade 6 and has received additional support for his learning. As a result of this early support, Brent has since achieved a number of university degrees. Brent knows what it is like to be “different” as a student and how this additional support can significantly benefit a student.
Brent has volunteered with the Special Olympics as a coach of soccer and bowling programs and has worked with numerous special needs children through other programs. Brent has served on the Board of Directors of Autism Calgary Association.
He is high-energy (he runs half marathons and can do 8 loads of laundry in a day) and he leads by example (he is not afraid to get his hands dirty). He will be the voice of all of his constituents and will make you feel welcome, appreciated, and important (because as a stakeholder in WRDSB, you are).
Brent takes communication seriously and would love to hear from you. If you take the time out of your busy schedule to contact Brent, he will get back to you. Brent will be the first to admit that he does not have all the answers, but he is resourceful. Brent will not rest until you have the information that you need.
Brent’s goal is to help create a world-class public education system right here in Waterloo Region. Brent has MANY ideas to make this a reality.