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Get to know your your Burnaby school board candidates: Spenser Sproul

'I’ve been inspired by the passion and energy of young people in our community and the commitment I see in others around me to tackle the challenges that are in front of us.'
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Spenser Sproul (independent) is running for Burnaby school board this October.

Name and pronouns?

Spenser Sproul (he/him/his)

Tell us about yourself: (max. 100 words)

Born and raised in Burnaby, I spent a lot of my youth focused on sports and extra-curricular activities in my community.

I spent my university years studying in Montreal at McGill, and overseas in Japan at Ristumeikan University, both experiences which exposed me to the beauty and complexity of culture around us.

It’s time to give back to the schooling system that instilled a love of learning in me, and the community which taught me about resilience and perseverance –  speak up for those who need it and make a difference in our community.

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

I’ve been inspired by the passion and energy of young people in our community and the commitment I see in others around me to tackle the challenges that are in front of us.

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

Reinforcing the values which brought us to where we are today serve as the bedrock for our city’s success, but the problems facing this next generation in a post-pandemic world are more complex and require a different approach.

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

Affordable childcare, support for mental health, and climate change.

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

I will work with other school board trustees to create and design policies that acknowledge the unique challenges ahead of us.

Whether it’s investing in social programs for young people, advocating for new ways of engaging with students and the community, or spending more focused, nuanced energy on the how and why in solving these problems.

We’ve done an excellent job in solidifying the bedrock on which our values can be based, and now is time to leverage that strength of foundation and push forward with the confidence that we can solve any problems which lie ahead of us.

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 8 in English class with Ms. Morgan: entering into an entirely new world, and finding the words to express myself.

Where can voters find out more about you?

spenser.sproul@gmail.com

 

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