Election 2018: Q&A Alan Polster

Candidate for Revelstoke school board

Current job/career: Retired National Park Warden

Why do you live in Revelstoke?

I moved back to Revelstoke in 1993 to take a promotion as Senior Park Warden in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. I continue to live here because my spouse and I believe this city offers our son the best community and recreation opportunities to grow up with. In addition, my spouse has a big family in Revelstoke and a career here with Parks Canada.

Why are you running to be a SD19 board trustee?

Since I retired, I have tried to find ways to make Revelstoke a better community for all people. Now that I have the time, I want to direct my efforts in areas that I have some experience. I feel that I have the skills, time and ability to devote to the School District, and continue the good work that the past Trustees have done to make SD 19 a very good district for the children of Revelstoke.

Three of my highest priorities are: Education, Health Care and the environment.

Why do you think you are qualified for the job?

Since both of my parents were high school teachers, I grew up in an environment of education. Over the last 10 years I have volunteered at my son’s schools and invested in working with his teachers to ensure his education is the best it can be.

My experience with managing large projects and supervising employees at Parks Canada, will help with the personnel and budget aspects of being a trustee.

I know that if I am elected, I will initially face a steep learning curve and I am prepared to invest in my own education to become an effective trustee.

What issues would you want addressed if you were elected?

I think that teacher and teaching assistant levels still need to be adjusted to meet the needs of the diverse student population. The current budget deficit needs to be addressed, possibly through increased funding or adjusted spending.

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