Kavanagh seeking OCDSB role in Zone 4Posted Sep 2, 2010 By Phil AmbroziakEMC News - Theresa Kavanagh believes
a promising tomorrow for everyone begins with a promising today for youth.
Ms. Kavanagh, the wife of current Bay
ward councillor Alex Cullen, has officially filed her nomination papers in an effort to win the seat of public school board
trustee in Zone 4 (Bay).
"I've been thinking for a while now about doing more in the local community,"
Ms. Kavanagh said. "I have an intense job on Parliament Hill, but found the need to have more of a balance (on a local
level). When (the school board) was suggested to me, I thought it would be something I'd really like to do."
Much of her inspiration to seek the role of trustee came from how highly she regarded the school system when her children
were young students. She said she believes there are fewer opportunities for students today because of an erosion in the level
of programs and services offered by Ontario schools.
"We have to fight for what we still have," she said.
"It's very grassroots, but it all starts with kids getting the proper education, it's about building community and ensuring
all kids have the same opportunities for a high level of education."
She added that not all families could
afford to provide the same opportunities for their children, noting it's important this is addressed because today's children
will be tomorrow's community leaders.
"Schools should be very important to all of us, whether we have children
in the system or not," she said. "It takes a village to raise a child, but we all have to do our part. This (serving
as trustee) is a good way to do just that."
Ms. Kavanagh's children attended Woodroffe Ave. Public School.
Today they are grown one pursuing a PhD, the other having recently achieved a masters' degree.
"We were lucky
to have very good programs offered at the public school level back then," she said.
As to why it's not the
same today, the candidate said she feels it primarily has to do with funding.
"Funds are allocated through
the provincial government, but with annual budgets and such, it becomes harder and harder to keep things going year in and
year out," she said. "I want to be a voice for the people and for the community at large."
been employed on Parliament Hill for 21 years, Ms. Kavanagh described her current role as being that of a committee coordinator
and procedures person. Until recently, she served on the board of directors of Alterna Savings. She has a strong interest
in athletics, specifically running and triathlon. While this is her first attempt at securing a role on the local school board,
Ms. Kavanagh was a candidate in the 1988 federal election for Ottawa West.
"Since then I have worked with
elected politicians, but have not been one," she said. "This intrigued me because it is non-partisan and allows
me to work with everybody, which is something I really like to do."