Trustee hopefuls in the Chilliwack school board byelection will get at least two chances to face off in public thanks to the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), CUPE and the Chilliwack Teachers' Association (CTA) who will co-host all-candidates meetings on both sides of the city this month.
The first was originally planned for Nov. 14, but that date has changed to Nov. 13 at the same time and place: 7 p.m. in "the pit" at Sardis secondary.
Residents on the north side of the city will get a chance to meet the candidates on Nov. 20 in the Chilliwack middle school cafeteria, also at 7 p.m.
For DPAC president Gord Byers, hosting the candidates is all about encouraging parent involvement.
"Simply put, we need to get more parent involvement and we need to get more parent voice," he told the Times. "The more people that are involved, the more parent voice we're going to get out there."
Besides co-hosting the meetings, the CTA is also sending out its traditional questionnaire to candidates and will post their responses online in a mid-November CTA newsletter.
“It gives our members two weeks to read and kind of think about the answers the candidates have given before the election," CTA president Clint Johnston said.
The Nov. 30 byelection is being held to fill a seat left vacant by former school board chair Louise Piper who resigned in August for medical reasons.
Six candidates are gunning for her spot: Dan Coulter, Corey Neyrinck, Karen Jarvis, Ben Besler, Harold Schmidt and Rob Stelmaschuk.
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