Janet Barnes, Ward 4/5 Public Trustee

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Why are you running to become a trustee?

I am the current Chatham-Kent/South St. Clair Township Ward 4 and 5/South St. Clair Township Lambton Kent District School Board trustee. The last four years have been an incredible learning experience with many firsts for the LKDSB.

I truly believe kindness and community support is the way to ensure our area thrives.

What are the key issues currently facing education in Chatham-Kent?

Numerous mandates from Public Health and the Ministry of Education have been enforced with little or no input from our board or trustees over this four-year period.

What skills and experience best suit you for this role and what are your goals if elected? 

I have been a community supporter and volunteer for more than 35 years. I have been part of numerous boards and committees including minor sports, fundraising, festivals, events, grant writing and community growth in the Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent and south Lambton area.

I was born and raised in the rural Wallaceburg area and have an agricultural and inclusive background. 

I have owned properties in the Wallaceburg area for 34 years. 

I currently work full-time as a developmental service professional at Community Living Wallaceburg and have been employed there for 20 years. 

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