Category: Community Engagement

SD20 Trustee By-Election Meet & Greet April 5

Jennifer Burton & Emily Duggan Community Meet & Greet

Emily Duggan, a candidate for the 2024 School District 20 trustee by-election hosted a meet & greet for all candidates on Friday April 5.

She invited all 3 of her opponents, none of them responded to her invitation. However, on the night of the event, one other candidate did show up ready and willing to participate. Jennifer Burton showed up, and this is what took place.

On Friday April 5, 2024 Emily Duggan & Jennifer Burton, two candidates in the school district 20 by-election introduced themselves and shared their platforms in person.

The other two candidates are Lindsay Kenny, a Mother and Trades Woman from Fruitvale and Birkley Valks a biological woman who lives as a man and insists on being referred to as a father.

Here is part 1 of the event held at the Castlegar & District Community Complex where Burton and Duggan stepped out and engaged with the voters in person.

Here is part 2, community engagement.

After the two women laid out their platforms they opened the floor up to questions from the crowd. It turned out that the crowd had less questions and more concerns. So, the two candidates listened and conversed with the crowd as parents and community members shared their concerns with the current public education system.

This is an engagement all school districts across the province could learn something from.

2SLGBTQIA+ Voices Heard: Questionnaire for SD20 By-Election Candidates

By-election Candidate Survey - 1

Students and parents of 2SLGBTQIA+ students in School District 20 (SD20) have a voice in the upcoming by-election! An important step towards ensuring that voice is heard is a questionnaire developed specifically for the candidates. We’re sharing the results of the questionnaire on this page.

By-election Candidate Survey - 1

The by-election, taking place Saturday, April 20, 2024, will fill the trustee position for Electoral Area 2 (City of Castlegar & part of Electoral Area J of RDCK). The questionnaire itself is the result of direct community input, focusing on issues that matter most to voters concerned with creating a safe and inclusive space for 2SLGBTQIA+ students.

This questionnaire was sent to the four candidates in this by-election. We received responses from three candidates by the deadline of March 30th.

Ensuring a safe and inclusive space for 2SLGBTQIA+ students in schools is paramount, and strong representation of their voices is key to achieving this. This questionnaire is a crucial step in that direction. It’s important to emphasize that the initiative to provide representation for 2SLGBTQIA+ students is not about excluding parents from the conversation; it’s about creating a space where all voices are heard and valued. In fact, fostering a supportive environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ students goes hand-in-hand with creating a positive learning environment for all. By prioritizing open dialogue and collaboration between parents, educators, and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, we can build a school system where every student feels empowered to reach their full potential. This questionnaire is a powerful tool to ensure that the voices of those most directly impacted – 2SLGBTQIA+ students and their families – are informing the decisions that shape their educational experience.

View Emily Duggan’s Response Here


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SD20 By-Election Meet & Greet Your Candidates

SD20 Candidate Meet & Greet

Come meet your candidates! Friday April 5, 2024 @ 5:30pm

SD20 Candidate Meet & Greet

In the name of inclusion, Emily has invited all candidates to a community meet & greet at the Castlegar & District Community Complex in the Selkirk Room.

  • Jennifer Burton
  • Emily Duggan
  • Lindsay Kenny
  • Birkley Valks

  • Hear their platforms
  • Ask them questions
  • Enjoy community engagement
  • Enjoy in person connection

Castlegar & District Community Complex
2101 6 Ave., Castlegar, BC

Authorized by Emily Duggan,

Meet Emily Duggan #SD20, Trustee Candidate, 2024 By-Election

Emily Duggan Anything Can Be Accomplished

On Tuesday March 19, 2024 Emily Duggan attempted to facilitate a debate for all candidates of the school district 20 by-election.

Unfortunately Jennifer Burton, Lindsay Kenny and Birkley Valks declined the invite. Leaving Emily to attend on her own. Emily answered questions from the community for just over an hour.

Grab a seat and get to know a little bit about where Emily Duggan stands on big issues that are affecting our public education system.

Emily Duggan Meet & Greet, Trail BC

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On March 10, 2024 Emily Duggan did her first meet and greet in Trail BC. Take a look and learn a bit about her here.