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This article was published 22/9/2011 (3602 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WHEN a school is named after Edward Schreyer, how surprising is it that all three provincial election candidates have a close connection to the school?
Still pretty surprising -- try to match it anywhere else in Manitoba.
All three Lac du Bonnet riding candidates are linked to Ecole Edward Schreyer School in Beausejour -- New Democrat Elana Spence and Tory Wayne Ewasko are teachers, and Liberal Charlett Millen is a parent at the school.
"Elana Spence teaches history to my daughter and Wayne Ewasko is her guidance counsellor," said Millen, who's running to take Child and Family Services apart and then rebuild it.
Tory Gerald Hawranik held the riding, but he's not running this time.
Spence and Ewasko are on leaves, but their candidacies made for some interesting times in the staff room of the grades 6 to 12 school last school year.
"Elana and I have taught together for 15 years," said Ewasko. "I know Elana was thinking of running shortly before I threw my hat into the ring."
Spence decided to run in February. "Wayne and I are colleagues, we've had a connection together for a long time. He was one of the people I called (about running). He said, 'Interesting you say that'," laughed Spence.
"It's definitely been interesting to the staff. They know each of us -- there's been a lot of talk around the staff room," she said.
Ewasko said his job is helping people help themselves, and that's what he'd bring to being an MLA.
There are staff and students working on his campaign, said Ewasko.
Their campaigns could be a sensitive issue for colleagues and students choosing up sides, said Spence, who has some graduates working on her campaign. "I've encouraged students to get involved in any of the campaigns."
Spence acknowledged she lives in West St. Paul, five minutes from her husband's small business, but said she's taught in Beausejour for 15 years, and has coached volleyball and cheerleading. "I've coached hundreds of young people for thousands of hours.
"When you teach literally hundreds of students, I've had a lot of people come through my classroom," said Spence, who still coaches the school's cheerleading team at 7 a.m. three times a week.
As for Schreyer, an aide to the former premier, governor general, and ambassador said he's aware of the candidates' connection to the school, but Schreyer is working on a Habitat for Humanity project in Armenia and is hard to reach.
Somewhat surprisingly, Sunrise School Division has not used the school's connection to the election to increase student awareness.
Ecole Edward Schreyer School principal Cathy Tymko said that the school will not be hosting an all-candidates' meeting and the candidates will not be coming to the school during the campaign.
Sunrise superintendent Wayne Leckie said that bringing the election into the school would be disruptive, as would allowing media interviews of senior students.
"It wouldn't necessarily be of any benefit to student learning," he said.