Our children need a new voice, a strong champion to promote their interests & advance their goals. That’s why I’m running for Trustee of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. I’m passionate about education & providing children with the support & resources they require to achieve their fullest potential. I am a community arts educator with my wife Candi where we empower children with confidence through the performance arts (Paramount Live), or with adults at Badanai Theatre. We have a 3 year old daughter, Emmy. I work in health care as a Privacy & Communications Officer (Northwest Health Alliance) & previously was a Corporate Communications & New Media Consultant (North West LHIN). I’m actively involved in our community, including being past chairman of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. As a cancer survivor, I especially wished to give back to our community.
I will bring a fresh perspective to the table, that of a parent with a young child, while also respecting all sides of the educational experience. I grew up inspired by my father Norris Badanai who lived & breathed service to the TBCDSB.
My priorities are to build on our existing strengths that make Catholic education unique & rewarding: integration of our faith in every aspect of our students’ lives instilling hope, empathy & confidence in them; developing effective & necessary open communication tools for both schools & parents, & working together to make our school communities places of accessibility, compassion, inclusion, & sharing.