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    Debbie Tablotney
    Chairperson @ Richmond School District
    Debbie Tablotney has resided in Richmond since 1982. Together with her husband Andrew she has raised three sons all of whom have attended school in Richmond. Debbie has a long history of commitment to her school district and to her community. In her early years she helped found a child disability parent support group, and served for 4 years as PAC Chair of Westwind Elementary. Debbie was first elected to the Board in 2002, was re-elected in 2008 and again in 2011. Her long serving community involvement earned her a nomination for Richmond’s Volunteer of the Year in 2007 and Ethel Tibbets awards in 2009. In her spare time she runs half marathons and utilizes her accounting skills in her family owned insurance agency in Richmond. Debbie originally sought election to the Board in 2002 over her concerns for budget cuts being proposed and how they might impact the district. She wanted the district to find ways to maintain the elementary band program and to minimize the impact to special need students. While serving on the board she has advocated for stable funding, as well as assessment practices and programs to help struggling students to improve their literacy skills and increase their level of achievement. Debbie believes her strength as a trustee lies in her ability to listen to concerns and to approach each issue with an open mind and make each decision in a calm, reflective manner. Her principle-centered leadership allows her to make difficult decisions when called upon, always putting the student first. Debbie Tablotney is the school liaison for Blundell Elementary, Errington Elementary, Maple Lane Elementary, McKinney Elementary, Wowk Elementary, Steveston-London Secondary and Continuing Education.
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    Donna Sargent
    Vice-Chairperson @ Richmond School District
    Donna Sargent has been a resident of Richmond for over 25 years and has been actively involved with the Richmond School District since 1991. Donna has been married for 30 years and has two children Jenny and Greg. Donna and her husband, Chris love living in a city that is safe, fun and friendly. Donna ran for office of School Trustee because she believes in public education. She believes that every child in Richmond is entitled to the very best education possible. Donna believes passionately a strong, democratic society needs a strong, vibrant and respected public education system. She believes that investments in public education are essential to secure future economic prosperity and creates our community's leaders of tomorrow. onna has been a dedicated advocate and has worked tirelessly to ensure such a system. She believes working very closely through meaningful involvement with stakeholder partners is the key to that success. By bringing the communityís voice to the decision making table she believes will ensure the system you create is what your community wants. Donna has completed her fourth term as School Trustee and her extensive track record has given her a reputation of being a hard working, principle-centered and trustworthy team player. Some of her involvement includes Chairperson of the Board of Education, Personal and Finance Committee, Chairperson of the Council Board Liaison Committee, Special Purpose Task Force on land issues, Career Development Advisory Committee, City of Richmondís Sister City Committee, Richmond Substance Abuse Task Force, Traffic Safety Advisory Committee to name a few. Donna has also been very active with the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA). She chaired the Metro Branch, worked on many committees and was recently elected as a Director on the BCSTA Board. She believes that with her knowledge and experience she can contribute to making a difference at a provincial level as well. Donna believes more than ever that the school district needs strong, hardworking, caring leadership; leadership that has a balanced view and makes decisions that are best for children. Donna Sargent is the school liaison for Byng Elementary, Diefenbaker Elementary, Homma Elementary, Steves Elementary, Westwind Elementary and McMath Secondary.
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    Dr. Eric Yung
    Trustee @ Richmond School District
    Dr. Eric Yung Eric has been a Richmond resident since 1975 and attended all levels of Richmond’s public school system from elementary through secondary. Eric has been active in many community organizations including the International Development Assistance Society of Canada (IDAS), For Children We Care Fundraising committee for the Children’s Hospital, and is currently a voting member on the Insurance Council of BC. From 2008-2011, Eric was the President of the Richmond District Parents’ Association and in 2011 he was elected as a Trustee. Since then, Eric has chaired the Education Committee, and been the representative to the City’s Sister City Advisory Committee, and BC School Trustees Association. Eric holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from UBC, and a Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After receiving his doctorate, he continued his research at Harvard University in Boston where he worked in cutting-edge gene therapy research. Eric is currently employed at the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Research Centre trying to motivate patients’ immune systems to attack solid tumours. Along with his wife Grace, Eric is raising two children, Megan (11) and Evan (6) in Richmond. Eric feels that overseeing the changes in the curriculum and individualized learning and assessment for K-3 is crucial for our youngest children. The increasing need for inclusive learning and special needs children will also need careful attention. Eric is passionate about ensuring that the next generation of children has the same excellent opportunities as he did, growing up in Richmond. Eric considers our greatest challenge is meeting the needs of our children with diminishing resources. He will continue to advocate for stable and increased funding for our school district. He will carefully examine all expenditures, remembering that Our Focus is on the Learner. Eric Yung is the school liason for Bridge Elementary, DeBeck Elementary, Garden City Elementary, General Currie Elementary, Whiteside Elementary, Palmer Secondary and McRoberts Secondary.
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    Alice Wong
    Trustee @ Richmond School District
    Alice is a mother of two teenagers, a cadet officer with the Navy League of Canada, and a resident of Richmond since 1992. Her involvement in public education started when her first child was in kindergarten in 2001. Alice has been the Parent Advisory Council Chairperson at William Cook Elementary and A.R MacNeill Secondary School, and Vice-President of the Richmond District Parents Association. She’s also involved in the School Planning Council, and the Annual Learning and Brain Conference Planning Committee. In addition, Alice also served as President of the Richmond Chinese Parents’ Association. The children we see today will be our leaders of tomorrow; so it must be given our children the best resources with quality education. She intends to take what she has learned throughout the years to help improving students’ achievement, ensuring schools support a safe, inclusive, and healthy learning environment for students. Alice Wong is the school liaison for Anderson Elementary, Cook Elementary, Kidd Elementary, Lee Elementary, Tomsett Elementary, Woodward Elementary and MacNeill Secondary.
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    Jonathan Ho
    Trustee @ Richmond School District
    Jonathan has been actively involved in the community for many years. He has been serving in School Planning Council, his condo strata council, his church’s Hospice service team as well as a youth leader. Moreover, he co-hosted a weekly current affairs phone-in show at Fairchild Radio. Before he immigrated to Canada, he served the Royal Hong Kong Regiment, British Army in Hong Kong. With his wife, Flora, they have 2 kids and both of them are in the public school system. His wife has also been actively serving in Parent Advisory Council for many years. Today, we have entered an era of global village, facing more challenges nowadays. He believes that our education system should also address these changes in order to help our next generation to be better equipped to face the 21st Century challenges. For this reason, he will advocate for our district’s career education programs for our high school students, so that they can acquire more employable knowledge skills or recognised credit. This can help them easily integrate with other skilled trades or technical courses. As a new Trustee, Jonathan understands that he needs to work closely with all the stakeholders in our education system. Together with other Trustees, he will be dedicated to partnering with our provincial government to ensure that school trustees are represented in the critical decision making process and a stable, adequate and predictable funding is provided. He will also work with Richmond teachers, to ensure that they have enough resources and support to do their job as well as families, to encourage more parents’ participation in their children’s education. Jonathan Ho is the school liaison for Blair Elementary, Ferris Elementary, McKay Elementary, Spul'u'kwuks Elementary, Tait Elementary, Thompson Elementary, Burnett Secondary and Horizons/Station Stretch.
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    Sandra Nixon
    Trustee @ Richmond School District
    Sandra Nixon has lived in the Lower Mainland since 1992 and in Richmond with her husband Bryn since 2003. She has two school-age children and is an active school parent volunteer. She is passionate about the central importance of education in the health and vitality of the community as a whole. Serving in her first term as a trustee, Sandra is dedicated to advocacy for ensuring the school system is well supported and funded, so that every opportunity is given to students to reach their potential. She believes schools need to be safe, inclusive places which attend to studentsí social, emotional, physical and mental wellbeing, in order to support learning and success. Sandra is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, currently serving a congregation in Vancouver. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting & finance, has worked with several non-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland and has extensive board, committee and policy governance experience. Sandra is an active volunteer in the community, and is a volunteer leader with the Richmond Girl Guides. Sandra Nixon is the school liaison for Brighouse Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Grauer Elementary, Gilmore Elementary, Quilchena Elementary, Sea Island, Boyd Secondary and Richmond Secondary.
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    Ken Hamaguchi
    Trustee @ Richmond School District
    Ken has lived in Richmond for the past 50 yrs, and is a graduate of James Gilmore Elementary, Hugh Boyd Jr. High and Steveston Sr. High. Ken and his wife Mette have 2 sons, Trevor and Jeremy, who are both graduates of the Richmond school system. Ken is grateful for the schooling that he and his kids have received and credits their teachers and schools for teaching them not only the academic skills - but also the social and life skills that has helped prepare them for life after grade 12.
    Upon graduation, Ken earned a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation and a Degree in Arts (major in psychology). During this time, Ken began working with children with autism. Now entering his 35th year in the field, Ken has been running a private consulting service for the past 17 years. Ken is also the Executive Director of a local minor hockey association. He has done this for the past 5 years and has earned accolades winning Sport Executive of the Year (Richmond Sports Council) and Minor Hockey Executive of the Year (Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association). As a new Trustee, Ken looks forward to supporting the students, the families and the schools of Richmond. Given the challenges of the past year, he believes that it is important that we not overlook the many successes that our district has enjoyed. The students, teachers, administration and support staff, have all worked very hard towards making school a positive and successful place to learn and to work. Ken looks forward to working with everyone over the next 4 years. Ken Hamaguchi is the school liaison for Hamilton Elementary, Kingswood Elementary, McNeely Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, Talmey Elementary, Cambie Secondary and McNair Secondary.
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