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Get to know your Burnaby school board candidates: Peter Cech

'I hope to have the privilege of serving another term on school board so that I can continue advocating for a fully funded public education system in which all students can thrive.'
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Incumbent Peter Cech (Burnaby Citizens Association) is running for reelection to Burnaby school board this October.

Name and pronouns?

Peter Cech (he/him/his)

Tell us about yourself: (max. 100 words)

As an advocate for kids with unique learning needs, I am passionate about ensuring that every student that attends Burnaby’s public schools keeps their passion for learning. In addition to being one of the original members of BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion), I spent a good chunk of my career focusing on waste reduction with Metro Vancouver. What I love best about being a trustee is seeing student performances and also reading to students in their classrooms.

Why are you running for school board? (max. 50 words)

I hope to have the privilege of serving another term on school board so that I can continue advocating for a fully funded public education system in which all students can thrive. I want every family to make our public schools their first choice.

What do you think the current school board has done well? Where has it missed the mark? (max. 50 words)

This past term we worked hard to make board decisions more transparent by providing more complete board meeting agendas that now include staff reports. COVID derailed our efforts to engage directly with Burnaby families; that’s something we really hope to get back on track next term.

What are the top three issues facing the next school board? (max. 50 words)

  • Finding land/space for new schools where Burnaby is experiencing the most growth
  • Continuing to create more childcare spaces
  • Getting a proper sports field at Alpha Secondary

How do you plan to address those issues? (max. 150 words)

We will work with the city and province to identify sites and sufficient funding to acquire the necessary land.

We will continue working with our partners to complete the over 700 childcare spaces the district identified in our 2019 project definition report.

We will work with our BCA councillors and the city to resolve outstanding issues at this city-owned location

And just for fun: If you got to spend one full day in school again, what grade would you return to and why? (max. 25 words)

Grade 11 Humanities at U-Hill to learn from and debate one of the best teachers I ever had, Tim whose last name I cannot remember.

Where can voters find out more about you? (e.g. social media, website)

https://www.burnaby-citizens.ca/peter

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083623216736

https://twitter.com/burnaby_CA

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