Brittany Jenkins, Lambton Kent School Board Trustee Candidate

Brittany Jenkins, Lambton Kent School Board Trustee Candidate, was born in Sarnia & raised in the rural countryside. She’s bilingual, having been a student in the public school board’s french-immersion program. Jenkins attended Lambton College & Northern Collegiate. 

 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?

My experience in management, accounting and governance will add to a team of trustees who can prepare annual budgets, oversee large projects, and discuss grant opportunities. I am also hoping to open conversation about the needs that are unique to each of the public schools (elementary and secondary) that are cared for by Lambton-Kent. The individual needs throughout these areas include: student bussing/transportation, special education/educators, full time teaching positions, air conditioning, french-immersion programs, four First Nations partnerships, health & physical sciences education, adding and strengthening course outlines that streamline thinking toward the possibilities of trades or agriculture as career options, we currently have a “college and university” streamline.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

My favorite thing to do in my community always involves nature; I enjoy long drives through the countryside, bicycle rides up the Great Lakes Waterfront trail and walks through the parks and beaches.  Even in the rain!

TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOUR COMMUNITY FACES?

Significant challenges in the amalgamated communities of Lambton-Kent include a shortage of agricultural workers, a shortage of trades workers, an aging population and underpopulated public schools.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

In our community, we can work to improve women’s health by working with Public Health units and incorporating public speaking presentations that address women’s social issues.   We can also work toward recommendations for more study into a newly revised Health education curriculum for Ontario.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S ECONOMIC SECURITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Women’s economic security could be significantly influenced by adjustments to daycare subsidies and the availability of affordable housing.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S SAFETY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Public safety in our community involves ensuring public transit is available, keeping parks and public areas well lit at night. Community involvement opportunities,  safe places specified for women, and most importantly becoming vocal on issues that arise, to develop the policy that will foster solution or go forward with legal proceedings (where laws have been broken) while providing available legal advice.

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