Candace Maxymowich has set her sights on becoming a school trustee.
Maxymowich, 20, recently announced her intention to run for school trustee in the Louis Riel School Division, Ward 4. The next municipal election in Winnipeg will be held later this year on Wed., Oct. 22.
Having announced her candidacy recently, the Royalwood resident told The Lance she is "passionate about every aspect of education" and she is looking forward to sharing her thoughts and ideas with community members in the run-up to the election.
In terms of her own education, Maxymowich — who works at West Broadway Community Ministry as a communications assistant — is currently completing a degree in human resources and labour relations and plans to start a second undergraduate degree in psychology in the fall.
Maxymowich said working at West Broadway Community Ministry has given her a greater understanding of some of the issues faced by individuals and families in today’s society.
"This is an organization that assists people who are homeless or living in poverty and working there has opened my eyes to these issues," she said.
"There are many families in Louis Riel School Division that live in poverty that need help accessing appropriate support. I understand that poverty impacts child development and school readiness. Children who experience poverty are less likely to be ready for school, do well in school and stay in school. I believe that for many young people, education is a way out of poverty. I am passionate about ensuring students and their families receive support to allow children to succeed in school."
Despite her age, Maxymowich already has an extensive resume, which includes a stint as research assistant to Coun. Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) and an internship at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and she believes the fact she only recently attended high school is a beneficial factor in her trustee bid.
"Although I don’t have any children, it wasn’t that long ago I was a student myself, so I understand first-hand the challenges that many students face," Maxymowich said.
"Education is important to me. School boards help shape the future of local communities by governing the education of young people and that’s really important. Public education develops Manitoba’s future leaders and benefits all Manitobans by developing citizens who contribute positively and function effectively in society. Education for the children in our division is an investment in our future."
Maxymowich, who grew up in Vita, Man., said her priorities as a trustee would be to "work to improve our schools by addressing issues our schools currently face."
"It’s important to provide educators with the resources and tools they need to do their job. I will promote a collaborative atmosphere, where the interests of students, educators, parents and community members are met," she said.
In terms of a timeline, the nomination period for candidates to file their papers begins on Wed., Sept. 10. In the meantime, Maxymowich plans to attend community events and connect with individuals in the LRSD community. She will also hold a campaign fundraiser on Thurs., July 24.