Red Deer Public School District

Nicole Buchanan




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Phone  403-596-4611 
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I moved to Red Deer in 1998, when I was in grade 8. I graduated from high school in the Red Deer Public School District and attended College for a short time before embarking in a career in Law Enforcement, a profession I still am passionate about and work in today. In 2016, I was a recipient of the Chief's Life Saving Award, one of only 23 officers that year. I am passionate about Red Deer and have continued to be a resident in the community and ultimately decided it was the place I wanted to raise my family.

My most important and proud role is that of “Mom”, I have two beautiful daughters, one that is 5 and in kindergarten and the other not yet old enough to attend as she just turned one. Growing up I will always remember the importance both my parents instilled on my sisters and I about education. I remember them saying how important it was as a parent for them to be informed and involved with their kids spending the majority of their day in school. Now as a parent myself, I want to instill and pass on the same values and beliefs to my children. I have and continue to remain active in my daughter’s education and recently took the position as Chair on parent council at her school.

I think I am a good candidate for Red Deer Public School Board Trustee because I bring a knowledge base and skill set of safety and security with my professional background as well as a vested interest being a parent. I strongly believe all children deserve to be treated equal and be given the resources to become the best versions of themselves possible.

Why are you running for Trustee?

Here are some of the reasons I am running for Red Deer Public School Board Trustee;

1) In my vocational of being a police officer, I believe I bring knowledge and a skill set to the families and community of Red Deer that would be beneficial. I have experience and have witnessed firsthand some of the safety and security concerns our young people are faced with. I recognize the importance of communication and how important listening is in every situation. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard.

2) I am a parent to a child in the Red Deer Public School District and will be for the next several years. I will see and be faced with the same challenges other parents in our city will be going through and want to have a voice for all parents in making Red Deer the best place to attend school for each and every student.

3) I am passionate and driven about education and recognize the importance and impact it has on our students and our community. Our schools need to be welcoming, safe and supportive environments for all students, families, teachers and staff on every level.

What are your priorities for Red Deer Public Schools?

Some of my priorities include;

1) Creating and having a safe and healthy environment for all; including students, families, staff and the community

2) Communication on every level

3) Making and maintaining the integrity and credibility of the Red Deer Public School Board

4) Listening and hearing what the people of Red Deer want and being receptive and open to taking suggestions on how to implement that feedback

Question Week 1 - September 26

How would you ensure that parents are informed and meaningfully engaged in their child's education?

As I have touched on I think one of the most important things is communication. I think parents need to feel comfortable in obtaining and accessing information about their child's education. I don't think this should fall solely on the teachers as I recognize their time is already limited with their responsibilities. There are several ways to inform parents and it should be a priority. Technology has come a long way over the years and I think it is something we should use to our advantage. I know several schools have gone to a more paperless system with information sharing; sending out weekly newsletters via email, as well as some have gone as far as obtaining an app for mobile devices. If I am elected as Trustee, I would like the opportunity to talk and hear how the students, families, teachers and staff feel about the processes that are already in place. I think its important to get input from everyone to hear things that are working or things that aren't.

What changes should be made to the curriculum to best meet the needs of students?

When addressing the curriculum, I feel the most important thing should be relevance. It is disheartening to hear that some of the curriculum has not been updated in 30 years. So much has changed in that time, smartphones for example didn't even exist. A curriculum has to be beneficial in giving our students the best possible foundation we can to allow them to become the best versions of themselves possible.

Question Week 2 - October 3

How would you ensure that resources are most effectively and efficiently allocated across the District to meet the diverse needs of all learners?

I think it is important that the allocation of resources is fair among all schools across the District. All students should be given equal opportunity and support to succeed. With that being said it is important to recognize that some students will require different needs than others and should receive that support regardless of what school they attend.

What is your position on policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity?

My position is very similar to Red Deer Public Schools - Board Policy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. 

"The Board will provide an environment for all members of the school community to work and learn, free from fear, discrimination, and harassment, while also promoting pro-active strategies and establishing guidelines to ensure that sexual and gender minority students, employees and families are welcomed and included in all aspects of education and school life, and are treated with respect and dignity." 

I think all students should feel safe, respected and supported and be given the resources they need to be successful. Someone's sexual orientation or gender identity should not impact or change that.

Question Week 3 - October 10

Are you in favour of one publicly funded education system?

To make an informed decision with regards to this matter I need to be presented more information. What are the benefits and drawbacks? If there is a benefit financially, how much would it be saving? I think this is something that should be asked of the students, parents, staff and families in our district. I don't think this is a decision that should be taken lightly and as a parent I would like to be included in the process to voice my feedback and concerns, as I'm sure many other parents and staff would appreciate being heard as well.