Former city councilman seeks new role as school board trustee

“All students should have an equal opportunity to learn and thrive in school,” says Lynn Strachan, who is running for public board member in Barrie Wards 1-3

Editor’s note: BarrieToday has asked school board member candidates in Barrie to provide a synopsis of why they are running for public office. The following is from Lynn Strachan, who is running for Simcoe County District School Board trustee in Barrie Wards 1-3. Municipal elections will take place on October 24. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 Municipal Elections page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and other election news.
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“For our kids, for our communities” is why Lynn Strachan says she’s running for SCDSB school board member. Seeking a position in Barrie’s Ward 1, Strachan brings more than 20 years of experience serving on community boards as an elected and volunteer official.

“I think we need a strong voice at the school board table, someone who will advocate for safe schools, quality education and be a voice for parents and students,” says Strachan.

Lynn Strachan, a mother of five children who attend elementary and middle school in Barrie, believes we need to address key issues including:

1. Road Safety: Ensuring safe routes for children to get to and from school.

2. Enhance the school experience: Children need playgrounds, extracurricular activities, field trips, exciting and innovative learning opportunities. School should be a place where children want to go, where they belong, and where they feel safe.

3. Listen to student voices: Engage students in their education in a meaningful way.

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4. Invest in the community: work with community organizations to provide unique learning opportunities for all students.

5. Parent Involvement: We welcome parent volunteers to our schools.

Strachan served as a three-term Barrie City Councilman, President of the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA, Treasurer of the Barrie Film Festival, Director of the Barrie Police Services Board, and former Director of the Barrie Public Library. Strachan cares about the community. “Schools are an integral part of the fabric of our communities. We have these fantastic places where we can build connections, create a sense of place and teach our young people to be active and engaged members of our city.”

Strachan believes that all students should have an equal opportunity to learn and thrive in school. “We need to support students and families to reach their full potential. We need to create learning spaces that are safe and welcoming for all.” Strachan believes there are many challenges facing young people in schools today, ranging from bullying to mental health. “As a community, as educators, parents and volunteers, we must all come together to support our children.”

Strachan is excited to represent you as your school board trustee and hopes to count on your vote in the October 24 election. To show her support or for more information, please feel free to contact Lynn at [email protected]

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