Sandra Leslie ready to lobby for Tofino and Ucluelet schools

“Thanks very much to all the people who voted for me and please feel free to give me your ideas.”

The West Coast elected Sandra Leslie to be its new representative on the School District 70 board on Saturday.

Leslie secured 825 votes, besting Sally Mole’s 732 votes to earn her first term on the school board.

Gurmail Aujla did not run for re-election after serving two terms.

READ MORE: School District 70 candidates hold court in Tofino

“I’m excited to do this and to really get involved and be present and active in the school communities, including the First Nation communities,” Leslie told the Westerly News. “I have the skills to do this and the energy and the time…Thanks very much to all the people who voted for me and please feel free to give me your ideas.”

Leslie will officially take her new position next month and said she plans to meet with, and listen closely to, local teachers and parents to hear about the concerns and ideas they’d like her to bring to the SD70 table. She also encourages West Coasters to reach out to her through email at sleslie219@gmail.com.

READ MORE: Coun. Thicke believes commuting to Ucluelet is hindering Tofino students

“It’s important to be connected and just to listen,” she said. “We have a West Coast school board representative because we are seperate and, in some ways, are forgotten…I can give voice to the needs of the West Coast.”

She said the peninsula needs new seismically safe schools, particularly in Ucluelet, and added that Tofino’s Wickaninnish Elementary School needs to be upgraded to create more room for a growing student population.

“We’re coming up to a big growth on the West Coast,” she said. “I’m looking forward to supporting that in any way I can.”

READ MORE: No space at Tofino school



andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Water restrictions hit Tofino

“The more that we can do to conserve water, the more risk is reduced.”

Tofino athletes Devries, Olin selected for Surf Canada Olympic pathway team

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before any of us qualify for the Olympics.”

Port Alberni’s RE/MAX Ride the Rim cyclists pedal into Ucluelet

“I did it for the children and for the love of the sport.”

Surfrider cheers ocean friendly businesses in Tofino and Ucluelet

Surfrider Pacific Rim is pushing for an ocean friendly, plastic-free, peninsula.

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

Most Read