My name is Randy Doman and I am the father of two school aged children. Like my parents before me, I was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. I attended Khowhemun Elementary, Gibbins Road Elementary, Duncan Elementary, Alexander Elementary, Alex Aitken Elementary, Quamichan Junior Secondary and Cowichan Secondary Schools.
As a parent, I have had the privilege of being involved with a public elementary school since our first daughter started school in 2009. I have volunteered at many school activities, from field trips to spring fairs.
More formally, I am a member of DPAC, representing the Maple Bay Elementary PAC since 2012. In addition, I have been a volunteer coach with the Duncan Basketball Association and have served as a member of the board of directors for more than 25 years.
What issues concern you most and why?
Randy Doman: A New Voice, A Fresh Start
I am running for a seat on the Cowichan Valley Board of Education because I feel that I am determined to provide our next generation with great learning experiences that will unlock a brighter future. I am well aware that the challenge for the next Board of Education will be to focus all available financial resources to provide meaningful classroom experiences. I want to work with, and support, every member of our learning community. I grew up in this community and want to make a difference.
â€¢ As much as possible, our scarce educational resources need to be used to support students at the classroom level. Decisions that reflect this vision need to be the guiding force when making financial choices in this district. District priorities must be developed and implemented with this in mind.
â€¢ Continue the initiatives for early learning. StrongStart and Wendyâ€™s House are wonderful and we must ensure that the parents of the children, who need these resources the most are made aware of them and take advantage of the opportunity they provide. We must also explore other avenues to continue on this momentum.
â€¢ Focus on initiatives that improve literacy and graduation rates. We need to move forward with the opportunities presented by the 21st Century Learning Initiatives to expand student options and choice, and to help improve student progress. Although literacy and graduation rates are improving, I know we can do better.
â€¢ Support the success of First Nations students by working with aboriginal community leaders to continue the development of strategies to keep First Nations students in school, engaged and enjoying success, all the way to graduation.
â€¢ Foster relationships and collaboration among all partners in the education community.
â€¢ Actively approach the Ministry to advocate for sustainable funding for the district.
â€¢ Ensure that there is better classroom support so all learners are better able to reach their potential.
In the last few years, I have been actively involved in the education community. I am a member of DPAC and have consistently attended the Board of Education meetings. This has made me very aware of the successes in this district, as well as the many challenges. I will not have to spend months catching up on the issues. Instead, I want to build on the educational momentum that has transpired in the last few years. I want to focus on moving forward.
Children are cherished by us all and their education should matter to everyone. Public education impacts every aspect of our society. We need to enable the next generation to achieve their dreams, their dreams of success. I am asking for your support to make a difference for your children and for mine.