Local woman announces candidacy for RVS board of trustees
Longtime Airdrie school parent-council veteran Phyllis McCallum-Hunter announced she is throwing her name in the hat and running for Rocky View Schools (RVS) board of trustees for Airdrie Ward 3.
“I was definitely encouraged by friends,” McCallum-Hunter said. “Their support was huge, just knowing that I have that behind me.”
The mother of two said she thought seriously about running six years ago but opted to wait because her kids where still in the RVS system at the time.
McCallum-Hunter has been involved in all three levels of school councils since 1997 and has acted as secretary, vice chair and chair.
In May, she was selected by the Alberta School Councils’ Association to receive the Parent of Distinction award.
The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the ability to promote parent involvement in the public education system.
McCallum-Hunter is quick to share her recognition and echoed what she said to Airdrie City View in May, that the award was not just the result of her work but a group effort.
“My greatest asset is whenever I do something, I always have a group behind me and we work together,” she said.
She said she knows there will be a “huge learning curve” if she is elected to the board but added she is not afraid to ask questions.
The candidate said she is not one to just nod along with something she doesn’t understand and will ask why things are done they way they are, what the many RVS acronyms stand for and anything else she needs clarification on.
“What I find out, the parents will know it as well,” she said, emphasizing the importance of transparency in all board proceedings.
She said her time on school councils has enabled her to get to know the schools in Airdrie and has kept her up-to-date on school-related activities from the information the councils received from Alberta School Boards Association.
“Being on school council has given me a chance to hone my leadership skills,” she said.
“As a trustee, I will work hard to ensure that voices of the students, parents, communities and stakeholders are heard and then taken to the board to make the best decisions for the students RVS is educating,” she said in an email statement to Airdrie City View.
She said infrastructure will be on the top of her priority list if elected and she will act as an opportunity for parents’ voices to be heard.
“I think the most important thing is to make sure all the kids in RVS are getting the opportunity to get the education they deserve,” she said.