Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Global TV Interview

For those of you who may have missed it, I was on Global TV Evening news last week being interviewed about my candidacy for Ward C Trustee. http://globalnews.ca/news/781179/municipal-election-candidates-hit-the-books-before-hitting-the-campaign-trail/

New Endorsements

It is an awesome, and humbling feeling when people express their excitement at my candidacy as the next Ward C Trustee.Thank you for the continued support!

From Joyce Sneddon – Teacher, Edmonton Public School Board
Susan Ketteringham is an amazing, strong leader who has the ability to bring her voice forward to create positive change for all stake holders. Having had the honour of watching her first hand in action working on the parent council at an Edmonton Public School, it was very apparent that Susan Ketteringham was a person who held education at the forefront and only wanted what was best for all students. Susan demonstrated that she is the type of leader who will work diligently for all stake holders and will always put students’ needs first and foremost. This is the exact type of leader Edmonton Public needs, a leader to instill change for the betterment of all stake holders.

From E. Joy Muller, Ph.D. – Yellowhead Youth Centre

I believe Susan will be a tremendous advocate for children and youth in the Public School Board. She has a demonstrated ability to challenge the status quo to achieve what she believes is right. She is ‘can do’ personified and insightful and experienced into the mechanics of business planning that looks toward the future. Her intimate experience as an Edmonton Public parent, Support Staff member, and Volunteer equip her with a solid baseline understanding of how the ‘system’ works. Her significant experience in the business world has equipped her to do ‘more with less’ and given her the mindset of always thinking ‘outside the box’; those character traits will serve the Ward C community very well in the coming four years.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New School Year Set Up

It seems quite foreign to me that I will not be involved this year in getting the School Council and Fundraising Society at my son’s elementary school set up. This is because for the first time since he started school I will not assume a formal role with either group as I intend on having the role of Ward C EPSB Trustee.

I have a great deal of admiration for the parents and community members who step forward to contribute positively to the education experience of students in the public system. Quite frankly, I had very little understanding of how many hours are selflessly dedicated by volunteers whether it is reading with children, working in the supply room, engaging with student field trips or assisting teaching staff and administration in general.

In addition to monthly meeting preparation and execution, high performing School Council and Fundraising Society teams across the system will spend the month of September …

  • setting up teacher work request systems
  • exploring and implementing fund-raising strategies
  • creating 'Consent to Contact' distribution lists
  • engaging on social media streams 
  • recruiting new membership
  • organizing Casino’s
  • establishing reading schedules with students
  • arranging Annual General Meetings
  • setting up a hot lunch program
  • establishing Kid’s Pantry’s and;
  • generally engaging and communicating with the larger parent group

And then October comes!

They may also be advocating for larger scale initiatives and programs for their school; including driving enrolment, by-law updates and governance, results review and viable space utilization amongst other priorities. This is in addition to managing their already busy, full lives.

I encourage you to get engaged in even the smallest way; regardless of whether you have children attending Edmonton Public, or not. Last year one parent group I know of began utilizing the previously untapped resource of retired neighbours with great success. I guarantee that watching a grand-parent engage with students on a one-to-one basis will be the ultimate ‘win-win’.

I know some remarkable parent groups in Ward C and would love the opportunity to advocate for you as accurately as possible after the election on October 21st. Reach out today at ketteringham@shaw.ca or via cell at 587 988 5310 and share your concerns, hopes and dreams for the future of public education in Edmonton.