Decision 2013: Meet the School Board candidates II

'We all rely on each other — for that is what living in a small, rural community is all about.' - Rhonda Maginn

  • Oct. 16, 2013 8:00 p.m.

NAME: Rhonda Maginn.

HOMETOWN: Byemoor.

AGE: 56.

FAMILY: Married to a wonderful man for 29 years. We have two children — one who lives in Ontario with her family and an 11-year-old son who is currently enrolled in the Byemoor School.

YEARS IN GOVERNMENT/ON SCHOOLBOARD: Three years.

YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

I am involved in the Byemoor Hall, Byemoor School, Ag Society, minor hockey; pretty much every aspect. If I’m not on a committee and someone calls, I’m generally there with a helping hand. We all rely on each other — for that is what living in a small, rural community is all about.

YOUR HOBBIES:

Love swimming, fishing, gardening in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. The rest of the time, you can find me in a gymnasium or arena watching our son’s games.

YOUR GREATEST ATTRIBUTES:

People have told me that I listen to both sides of situations and then like a balance scale try to be fair to everyone involved.

MAIN ISSUES IN THE CAMPAIGN AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS TO ADDRESS THEM:

That we put the finest educators in front of our children, whether it’s in our larger or small, rural schools. I am not an educator, but truly believe that if we open our lines of communication between our administration, principals, teachers, parents, students and the school board and really listen, that we will have a strong school division and move forward in a positive direction.

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NAME: John Schofer.

HOMETOWN: Byemoor.

AGE: 57.

FAMILY: Married with a great wife in Carolin, two fine boys, Len and Randy, a great daughter-in-law in Rebecca, and a cute granddaughter, Addison.

YEARS IN GOVERNMENT/ON SCHOOL BOARD: Twelve years on Clearview school board from 1998 to 2010.

YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

A member of the Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society for 30 years as past president, organizer and worker. Member of the Byemoor Curling Club for many years as president, worker and volunteer. Volunteer in the community wherever asked.

YOUR HOBBIES:

Playing hockey, curling, dirt-biking, snowmobiling, skiing and bird-hunting, collecting and fixing anything with a motor.

YOUR GREATEST ATTRIBUTES:

Hard worker; willing to come to the county council and ask the tough questions and get the best solutions. And willing to represent the area residents with a strong voice.

Willing to speak my mind — if asked to or not. And willing to hold the provincial government accountable.

MAIN ISSUES IN THE CAMPAIGN AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS TO ADDRESS THEM:

Supply a good education for our fine young students in their communities. Making sure the funding is there from the provincial government and making sure the board realizes the importance of sustaining education in our small schools.

 

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