DPAC Executive Nomination: Skye Richards

Skye Richards has been nominated to the DPAC executive by the Magee PAC. Her nomination was accepted at our executive meeting on February 7, 2019. In her own words:

Hello, my name is Skye Richards.

I have served on the Magee PAC for the last two years and was instrumental in reestablishing a our PAC executive in 2017. At the time I also served as DryGrad Chair. I hold a BSc. and BEd. form UBC and have worked at VCC teaching Science and Math since 1996. I have always held education and its impact on social development with deep regard. I am convinced that our future success as a society will depends critically on our broad support of education. I have worked with at risk students during my practicums and have sought personal experience to enrich my understanding of the issues facing youth. I have worked and received training in programs such Basic Education and Skills Training, ABE Youth Program, Health Sciences for Aboriginal Youth, and Workplace Skills Profiling. My volunteer work with Beyond Addiction Vancouver gave me tremendous insight into understanding addictive behaviours and how to create healthy practices in their place. In addition to working with a broader demographic of youth and educators, I have also been an advocate for First Nations and aboriginal communities and recognize the importance of seeking genuine ways of enhancing the connection between elders and children in traditional teaching methods. I have received benefits that has enhance my understanding and capacity as an educator, for which I am truly grateful. I think conversations will continue to grow in recognizing the importance of developing a more balanced view of “What is Education?”. Knowledge imparted through multigenerational teachings will serve to reintegrate our relationship with the planet and reharmonizes humans with natural laws. I believe that we can create the changes we want to see, and forge pathways in human potential based on integrity and respect that looks farther into the future in its vision.

We are facing a time of great change and that creates challenge, but it is through challenges that we are given the opportunity to grow thoughtfully. I believe that I can contribute positively to the restructuring process. I believe that we must rethink the design of our educational system, from the ground up, which includes the very building facilities in which we entrust our most precious assets, our children. I look forward to learning and serving on the Vancouver DPAC Executive member and hope that your PAC will support my nomination in being your advocate

An electronic ballot was sent to PACs following this meeting with voting to close on Mar 13, 2019 at 7pm. If you are the DPAC Rep or Chair of a PAC and you have not received the ballot please contact us.