Your school board trustee candidates in the Kingston 2022 municipal election

With files from Jessica Foley.

With less than a week to go until election day and Kingstonians already casting ballots in advanced polls, there’s not much time left to brush up on your knowledge of candidates in order to mark your choice with an X with confidence!

In all municipal elections, attention turns to those running for City Council before all else, which means the important decisions around selecting school board trustees are often left to the last minute, or even forgotten until a voter has their ballot in hand (or on screen).

With that in mind, Kingstonist reached out to the 21 individuals running for school board trustee positions in the City of Kingston 2022 Municipal Election with the same questions. As a result, below you will find all of the response we’ve received so far from those candidates. The article will be updated as more response is received, so check back often before you vote on or before Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.

For all of Kingstonist’s election coverage, visit the Municipal Election 2022 tab. For an overview of all council candidates in the area, including those in Napanee, Loyalist, and Frontenac County, visit our Candidate Overview page, where those names that are blue link out to that candidate’s profile.

Editorial note: Not all school board trustee candidates chose to respond question by question, but instead submitted their own profile information, which has, in turn, been written in below.

English language public school board trustees
Limestone District School Board

Trustee candidates for the Countryside, Kingscourt-Rideau, and Williamsville Districts

Joyce MacLeod-Kane

Having lived in Kingston for more than 40 years, Joyce MacLeod-Kane currently works in the health services sector, including working directly with people with disabilities. She and her husband, Paul, are “proud parents” of three grown children, all of whom attended Limestone District School Board (LDSB) schools.

Civic engagement has played a strong role in her life. MacLeod-Kane has served as a city councillor, previously worked for the LDSB, so she has “a very good idea of what works and what needs to be change.”

MacLeod-Kane shared that she and Paul will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, making election day particularly special for them.

Joyce MacLeod-Kane, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    I have always had a strong desire to serve the community.  As a young girl, my father, who was the reeve of my township, would take me with him to visit constituents. The obligation to give back to the community was instilled in me at a young age. I continue to stay connected and actively involved with the people in my community. Many of them have encouraged me to keep serving the community, and I think being a trustee would allow me to do just that.
  2. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

    The undemocratic code of conduct needs to be revoked. It stifles minority voices and prevents trustees who have dissenting opinions from representing their constituents. We need to carefully examine the budget to ensure that as much money as possible is directed to providing front-line education services for our students. Also, we need to ensure that resources are provided to address the mental health crisis that is happening in our schools. Students and educators need better mental health, behavioural, and special needs supports put in place. 
  3. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    I have served on a governing body (city council) before, I have worked for LDSB, and I believe Councillors and Trustees can and are willing to work together for the better of our City and School Board.  And finally, and most dear to my heart, I have a child with special needs and have heard from parents/caregivers with children will special needs — I understand.

Paula Murray

Paula Murray has lived in Kingston and the area all of her life, and previously served as a Trustee for the Limestone District School Board from 2006 to 2018. Murray also served as an Eastern Region Representative with the Ontario Public School Board Association, and said that, with 12 years of experience, she can assume the role of trustee and “hit the ground running.”

When Murray isn’t in, on, or around Lake Ontario with her three adult children, she can be found furthering her studies at St. Lawrence College, where she is transferring her legal research skill into health care, or serving as the community representative for Youth Diversion.

Paula Murray, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

After returning to school myself, I appreciate that the classroom is not what we remember. I recalled the excitement around technology, and I would like to assist our youth in that enthusiasm (I feel it every day I am learning).

  1. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

Funding, funding, and more funding. I believe the tools and our responsive school communities are prepared and ready, they need the financial support.

  1. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

My campaign is innovative, I am running a Zero-Waste campaign. If successful, I can demonstrate to our youth that “it can be done.”

Jim Neill

Jim Neill, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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Jim Neill is a familiar face locally, both in public service, and education. A public school teacher for 30 years, Neill taught “English, Remedial Reading, and Drama” and “has a Special Education Specialist Certificate and a Masters of Education in Curriculum Design.” Neill shared that he was a member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Human Rights Committee and was on a team that wrote social justice curriculum based on the Bolivian Water Crisis, which won a National Curriculum Award.

Neill served 18 years as city councillor, representing the Sydenham, Portsmouth, and Williamsville Districts. He has served on many City Committees, and previously served as Chair of busiest of them: Planning Committee. Neill announced that he would not run for re-election in 2020, however, he is currently serving as Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Environment Committee until the end of the 2018-2022 Council term. Constituents can reach Neill at [email protected], or 613-483-3888.

Trustee candidates for the King’s Town, Pittsburgh, and Frontenac Islands Districts

Bob Godkin

Robert (Bob or Bobby) Godkin is the incumbent trustee for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) seeking re-election for a second term. The 65-year-old is a proud father to 12 children, and grandfather to 21 grandchildren. He currently works fulltime at Costco here in Kingston, where he lives with Darlene, his wife of 46 years.

Godkin graduated from St. Lawrence College in Business Administration and Marketing, with additional credits in Social Service Administration. While his family roots are in Kingston, Godkin has lived in Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, and Cornwall, but has lived in the Kingston area – including Wolfe Island and Loyalist Township – since 1984.

  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    I have learned so much in the last four years and I would like to use that to continue to learn more, to:
    • continue to advocate for all the kids, but especially those on the margins.
    • continue to advocate for inclusion and equity for all kids and staff.
    • continue to listen to families and the kids and the staff and bring matters to the attention of my colleagues.
    • continue to advocate for increased funding for Special Education.
    • continue to ask the questions at every board meeting so I and parents can understand the issues and the way they are being addressed, what are the successes and where are the short falls.
    • help parents navigate the system by directing them to the appropriate people that can help.

  2. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

    Limestone District School Board is comprised of caring and loving staff and administration that do their best with the limited resources and directed funding model of the Provincial Government. I feel that my hard questions and my perspective help them in the areas that they have the ability to work on, but more important is I, along with my other trustees and the provincial umbrella OPSB, advocate to the government to address many of the issues. With the increased costs of groceries and rents… I fear more of our students and feeling the impacts as their parents work so hard to try and make ends meet.

  3. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    I am unique at the table. I bring a passion and a unique understanding and perspective. I am passionate about those that have learning disabilities, kids that are struggling with difficult family dynamics, those kids marginalized by poverty, those kids that are homeless or housed in rental situations that take so much of the family resources, living in conditions with no running water, unavailable or unaffordable internet access, facing discrimination, whether by race, colour, ethnic background, gender, language barriers, or struggling with sexual orientation or gender identify… Why am I bringing a unique perspective? Because I am one of those kids. I know how they feel, I know first-hand the struggles that many of them have. I care and I feel them and advocate for them.

For more information on Bob Godkin, visit him on Facebook or Twitter.

John Wernham

John Wernham first came to Kingston from Winnipeg when he entered the Royal Military College in 2004. In 2015, he returned to Kingston with his family, and in 2018 they bought a farm on Highway 2, where they raise their three children, along with sheep, turkeys and fruit trees.

Wernham is a lawyer, and he said that because Ontario’s Education Act “prescribes the duties of boards collectively and trustees individually, it’s helpful to have a mind inclined towards the law if you want to understand and fulfil your duties as a school trustee.”

John Wernham, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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“I am running for trustee for King’s Town, Pittsburgh, and the Islands because I am concerned about literacy at the elementary levels specifically, and teacher welfare generally. With three children at Maple Elementary, it seems to me that the LDSB Trustees do not include many parents who have a ‘direct stake’ in the education of their children.

In February of this year, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its ‘Right to Read’ inquiry report. Personally, and anecdotally, young boys in particular are falling behind in foundational literacy. This hinders all other areas of learning, with effects that will echo through the next generation.

To my knowledge, the Limestone District School Board has not developed an action plan to address this issue in our schools.

From speaking with teachers — family members, acquaintances, and my children’s teachers — I am concerned that they are being perpetually stretched to do more with the same resources. While in the military, I encountered this dynamic far too often in the training system. ‘Core’ outcomes kept increasing without more instructors, equipment, or time allocated. 

Another of my reasons for running for trustee is the current Code of Conduct for the LDSB trustees. In particular, section 7.0 states ‘Trustees shall be loyal to the interests of Limestone District School Board.’ 

That statement is inconsistent with the basic meaning of trustee. In the context of a public school board, the trustees have a duty to act in the best interests of the public concerning the administration of that school district. Ontario’s Education Act reflects all this.  

Worse, the LDSB Trustee Code of Conduct is silent on the voting mechanism for this de facto expulsion of a trustee. With nine trustees, a quorum is met when five are present. If three of those five present vote in favour of sanctioning another trustee, would one-third of the LDSB Trustees have the power to overturn election results by excluding an elected trustee from all business of the board? 

Loyalty of the trustees does NOT lie towards the Board – that is self-serving and creates a stifling effect on debate and decision-making. The first obligation of public school boards, under the Education Act of Ontario, is to promote student achievement and well-being (section 169.1(1)(a)).”

For more information on John Wernham visit his Facebook page and LinkedIn profile.

Trustee candidates for the Lakeside and Trillium Districts

Elizabeth Ann Coveney

“I have lived in Kingston west for more than 45 years. I am the mother of three boys and the grandmother of seven, two of whom are attending schools in Lakeside District.  

I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 40 years and am now retired. I have been a chaperon on many school trips.

I have canvassed door to door for the Kidney and Arthritis Foundations, the CNIB, Salvation Army, and several political candidates. I currently teach Sunday school and also volunteer for Lionhearts Inc. I want our children to be kept safe from seen and unseen dangers, and I want parents to be fully aware of what is happening in the schools so they can participate in the processes. I want the public back in public schools, [and] I want both physical and mental health to be promoted.”

Garrett Elliott

Garrett Elliott has been a Trustee for the Limestone District School Board since 2018. Having lived in Kingston since 1998, he shared that the last four years have been a “huge learning experience, and I feel like I now have a thorough understanding of the board’s policies, procedures, and bureaucracy. This allows me to take action, bring motions forward, and try to build support among my colleagues to affect change.”

Currently, Elliott works for Launch Lab and also as a photographer, and said that he spends his spare time with his family, watching TV and movies, listening to podcasts, following the NBA, and just generally keeping up with “nerdy things” online.

“I’m a volunteer Trustee with Awesome Kingston, have two kids (both attending Limestone schools), and my wife is an elementary teacher with the Limestone board. We also have a cat,” he shared.

Garrett Elliott, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    I said to myself in 2018 that if I enjoyed the role and felt like I could be a positive and productive part of the system, I’d give it another go. We made good progress last term in advancing initiatives, policies, and procedures that were important to students, staff, and families, but there is always more work to be done. I’ve enjoyed the role, getting to know the school communities, putting motions forward that will help students and staff. I feel like I can do more with another term.

  2. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

    For our board, I think the three most pressing topics are support for the highest needs students, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and navigating the changing landscape of an ongoing pandemic and its effects on students and staff. 

  3. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    I don’t know the other candidates so I can’t say whether these things set me apart or not, but I feel like I am a good listener and communicator, have developed great relationships with staff, families, and other organizations throughout Kingston in the last few years. I’m a hard worker with a good understanding of how to use board policies and procedures, and I’m an active community member, trying to help out where I can.

Learn more about Garrett Elliott on his Trustee candidate website, and on Twitter @garrettelliott.

Nida Qureshi


Trustee candidates for the Loyalist-Cataraqui, Collins-Bayridge, and Meadowbrook-Strathcona Districts

Crystal Bevens-Leblanc

Crystal Bevens-Leblanc moved to Kingston in 2003. She is an Authorized Court Transcriptionist and a mom who has “been invested in and involved in public education for decades,” she said.

“I have been very actively engaged with my children’s School Advisory Councils, the LDSB Parent Involvement Committee, and am a member of the KFL&A Roadmap to Wellness Mental Health Taskforce Family Advisory Committee. In my spare time, I attend education and equity seminars, conferences, and workshops, and read.”

Bevens-Leblanc said she grew up with “an educator parent” and saw the value of a strong education system firsthand. She founded Limestone Families for Public Education and is a co-founder of Ontario Families for Public Education, both advocacy groups for public education.

“I pay very close attention to what is happening in education at the school, Board, and provincial levels,” Bevens-Leblanc stated, noting that she regularly attends LDSB meetings. “I understand the structure of the public education system and the important role each partner in education plays within it.”

“Despite not being a sitting trustee, I am as involved with Limestone District School Board as a volunteer can be.”

  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    I am running because I care about public education, a lot. I care about students and the high-quality, fully funded education that is their human right. As an involved volunteer, advocate, and Limestone parent, I know the many issues and concerns local families have. I’ve been disappointed with the lack of communication and consultation as a parent in this specific district, and I know that as a trustee, I can offer more. I will be responsive, and I will be proactive. I will collaborate with the board’s existing advisory bodies and make sure that true partnership is at the centre of everything I do.
  1. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

    Equity is already a board priority and needs to remain at the forefront of everything we do, with more work to support more students and families. As we learn to navigate the ongoing pandemic, mental health supports and learning recovery are imperative priorities. Finally, accountability at both the local board level, and from the Ministry of Education, continues to be important. Partnership is the foundation of the public education system, and there is tremendous value in everyone working together to support students and ensuring they have what they need in order to be successful. 
  1. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    This isn’t a political or professional move for me. It’s not a stepping stone to something bigger and it’s not something I am striving to do in my retirement. I have as much at stake as any other caregiver. I’m a parent of kids in Limestone, and I know the day-to-day impact of board-level decisions on families and students. I understand the effects of poverty, food insecurity, low literacy rates, and other barriers that keep families and students disconnected from their schools and school board. I am already actively involved in what Limestone is doing — this is my next step in ensuring equity, accountability, and student success.

Judith Brown


Chris Scott

“I was raised in Brockville where I met my wife (Lauren) who I have been married to for 30 years next month. We have two adult children, Jade, who is an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police, and Jake who is currently completing his MBA/MPH.

I began my policing career with the Toronto Police in 1989. In 1998 my family moved to Kingston, and it was at that time that I truly began my volunteer work in the community, as I set a goal to enrich the community through community service.

Chris Scott, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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During my almost 25 years in our community, I have remained dedicated to serving area youth, initially coaching, and supporting youth sports such as soccer and hockey. This then led to my service on numerous Boards, each with the overarching goal of enhancing the lives of those in need.

The past two and a half years have placed an incredible amount of strain on students, staff, and parents and, as such, we need to review the Strategic Plan to ensure that we continue to set up all students for success.

I believe a key attribute to effectively serve as a Trustee or, for that matter, on any Board is to understand the true role of governance. I offer decades of experience serving on Boards such as Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association (Vice President), Big Brother Big Sisters (Board Member), and currently Habitat for Humanity Kingston and Limestone Region (Vice Chair). In addition, as Deputy Chief of Police I reported to the Police Services Board.

As such, I have a comprehensive understanding of how effective Board oversight operates ensuring that you balance supporting the professionals that report to the Board while also ensuring that you appropriately question direction and policy to effectively represent the community you were elected to represent.”

Trustee candidates for the Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts

Joy Morning has been acclaimed as the English language public school board Trustee for the Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts.

Joy Morning, candidate for Limestone District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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“I have 45 years of teaching for both large and small boards, including classroom and administrative positions, the latter with OCU designing and administering 35 programs throughout York Region for exceptional students and with B.C.’s SD#30 as co-ordinator for all subjects, K-12, implementing language, writing, and experiential math programs. My last 23 years were at Thousand Islands S.S.

I shall always vote for what is fair and for policies in the best interest of students, geared and based upon my firm belief that all kids can learn, given an enriching environment. I shall acknowledge and support all the incredible teachers and staff who foster your child’s growth and well-being. Over the years, union agreements have been increasingly negotiated centrally, but as a local trustee, I shall continue to advocate for fair settlements.

It is more important than ever that trustees advocate for public education as we are dealing with a government bent on slowly privatizing education and that has already underspent education dollars while financing private schools.

LDSB has designated equity as a top priority, signalling much work ahead as systemic barriers must be detected and every child given the support to be successful in one’s own terms. We need to listen to and respect all voices. The best part of the 2018 election was meeting the constituents in my ward and listening to their concerns. Being acclaimed, I did not canvas the area that replaced one of my former wards nor did I take steps to do so. I was not intending to run again, but when several parents insisted, I agreed. However, I made it clear that I intended to withdraw if a good candidate came forward. I was the only city trustee candidate acclaimed! 

I need to finish updating my web site, but it still can be accessed at:

English language separate school board trustee candidates

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Paul Brioux

Paul Brioux has been a lawyer in the Kingston community for 25 years. He moved to Kingston to pursue his law career after completing an undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and attending law school in Edmonton. Brioux has also completed a program on mediation from Harvard.

Brioux has a wife, who teaches a Holy Cross, and three children, all currently attending ALCDSB schools. He has been the Parent Council Chair at Mother Teresa for the past 10 years and said he is “actively involved in his children’s activities through coaching and other volunteer activities.”

He shared that he enjoys hockey and obstacle course racing and particularly enjoys travelling with his family to the east coast during the summer.

  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

I have decided to run in this election as I feel a responsibility to ensure that our students are receiving the most engaging and effective education possible. All students and educators must feel welcomed and supported and I believe that my skills as an advocate will bring an effective voice to the table to ensure that those who entrust us with this position are well represented.

  1. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

I feel that the most pressing issues for our Board are currently student and educator support. Inclusivity and equity should be more than platitudes and need to be acted upon on a daily basis. Students need to be challenged and put in positions to succeed and educators must be given the resources to do so. I also feel that school safety is a great concern. We must work to ensure that our students are safe and secure while at school but also on their way to and from. Finally, the proper allocation of resources is always a concern. Transparency and effective management are required to provide the best and most effective resources for our students.

  1. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

What sets me apart from the other candidates is that I am an effective advocate who is well-reasoned and a constructive problem solver. My experience through Parent Council, as well as the relationships that I have curated with the many stakeholders in our system, have provided me with a good understanding of both the strengths as well as shortcomings of our Board. I will work to ensure that our Board becomes a leader in Ontario education.

Daniel Da Silva


Brian Evoy

A few years ago, Brian Evoy retired after forty years with the Ontario Public Service to work as Chief of Staff for MP Ted Hsu and then MPP Sophie Kiwala. Born, raised and educated here in Kingston, Evoy is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts and an Education Degree.

Evoy has been an ALCDSB trustee for the last four years, as well as serving as Chair of the Independent Living Centre Kingston Board of Directors, Chair of the Kingston Literacy and Skills Agency Board of Directors, and a community representative for Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

His three children attended ALCDSB schools, and, during their school years, Evoy was very active on School Councils at St. Paul Catholic School, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, including the former St. Joseph/St. Mary school, and RND. During that time he was also an active member and President of the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education and represented Ontario parents on the EQAO Assessment and Evaluation Committee, Ontario College of Teachers and various Ministry of Education curriculum tables.

Brian Evoy, candidate for Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    My reason for seeking re-election is to continue to advocate for parents, students, and all who work in our school board. After four years of service, I learned how the school board operates and the many schools, including resources and concerns there are for all our schools. I want to continue to work to advocate for publicly funded Catholic schools here in Ontario, something I have been doing for most of my adult life.

  2. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

    The three most pressing topics for school board trustees in ALCDSB would be ensuring our students are receiving both academic and mental health support as we move out of the pandemic. Secondly, to continue dialogue and collaboration with the City of Kingston on ensuring our schools are safe, both inside and outside, including traffic and pedestrian safety. To further build upon that second topic is to continue the dialogue to include all stakeholders in the community that school neighbourhoods are safe too. Thirdly, to ensure the health and safety of our school buildings are maintained as we move from the pandemic. Finally another issue would be to ensure our goals and objectives as outlined in the Multi-year Strategic Plan are achieved in the timelines outlined in the plan.

  3. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    I have the most experience and knowledge of working at the Ministry of Education level than most candidates seeking the Trustee position. Also, I have and always will be a strong advocate of parent engagement in our schools for I know of the great importance it has for the betterment of our schools, and parent community.

    As one parent, upon endorsing my candidacy for re-election, wrote – “He has served tirelessly over the years volunteering his time with various school councils, and committees as his children navigated their own journeys through the Catholic education system within ALCDSB. He is informed, compassionate and a person with true integrity.”

For more information on Brian Evoy visit his Facebook page, Twitter profile, or contact him by phone at 613-329-9126 or email at [email protected].

Shawn Murphy

Shawn Murphy is a lifelong member of the Kingston community and a graduate of both SLC and Queen’s.

The grandfather of two is a self-employed Certified Financial Planner and recently taught the Personal Finance course within the BBA Program offered by the School of Business at SLC.

As a local volunteer, Murphy has coached youth soccer for over 25 years; facilitated workshops such as Junior Achievement of Canada’s, ‘The Economics of Staying in School’ workshop and the ‘Board Governance’ workshop contained within the United Way KFL&A Leadership Development Workshop series.

“Perhaps my most rewarding volunteer position was my involvement in an upstart youth enrichment program when I was age 17. This program was created by a mother from our area who brought together about 15 high school students and asked them to design youth activity programs that included free sports and recreational activities for local elementary school students. The program was called Leaders in The Community. It ultimately provided free activities for over 300 local youth and became the subject of a front page story within our local newspaper.”

Shawn Murphy, candidate for Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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  1. What made you decide to run for a school board trustee position in this election?

    If you want to see the future, you don’t need a crystal ball, you simply need to look at how well we are educating our youth and enabling them to reach their full potential. This is a challenging time for all those within our educational system and I believe that now is precisely the time to seek out new creative ideas, and to do so collaboratively by encouraging input from students, staff, parents and community members.
  1. What do you feel are the three most pressing topics/issues for school board trustees in this election?

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  1. What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?

    I believe in a collaborative approach to improving and finding support for our education system. If elected, I would work to bring new ideas to the Board and to best take advantage of the many assets available. For example, I believe that our elementary school students would benefit tremendously if they had better access to free programs designed to help them achieve their full potential. That said, I have designed a no-fee, volunteer-based program, entitled the S.M.A.R.T. Youth Enrichment Program. This program would enable our high school students to fulfill their ‘Community Involvement Hours’ in a way that would in turn provide Sports, Mentoring, Arts and Recreation and Tutoring Programs for our elementary school students. The program is based on the same principles as the Leaders in The Community program mentioned above – so I know it works, and I believe it would beneficial for all students, and for our community as a whole.

For more information about Shawn Murphy, visit his Facebook page ShawnMurphy4Trustee.

Terry Shea


Nicole Skladowski

Nicole Skladowski, candidate for Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board trustee in the City of Kingston 2022 municipal election.
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Nicole Skladowski has been an educator with school boards in Toronto for six+ years.  A “long time visitor,” she moved to Kingston in 2021. “I moved with my husband, son, and my Schnoodle. You will often see us for walks through Lemoine Point. I have always enjoyed exploring the city and local areas,” Skladowski shared.

Since arriving in Kingston, she has been hired on the on call list for the ALCDSB, and said, “If elected, I will have to resign my position. I feel that I can have a greater positive impact as a trustee, advocating for teachers, parents, and the community, working toward a better classroom. I think budgeting and staffing are pressing current issues with the recession, as well modernizing the curriculum, with a focus on academics. As a trustee I will be committed to being accessible and representing the community.”

Kathy Turkington

A lifelong Kingstonian and longtime Trustee, Kathey Turkington is retired, and spends much of her free time with her husband, Mike, two children, “wonderful” son-in-law. Turkington also has seven grandchildren, one of whom is a Catholic school graduate, with the six others currently attending Catholic schools, she shared.

“I have been a trustee with the Board for 16 years and and I feel I can continue my personal mission of finding more ways for the school, church, and community to interact and support each other and our students. It is my duty as a trustee to preserve, protect ,and promote Catholic education. I am always availble to listen to concerns and do whatever I can to have issues resolved.

“The three most pressing topics will be continuing to manage COVID, keeping our students safe and in school; keeping our Catholic faith vibrant and ensuring our schools remain faith-filled learning environments; and finally, to ensure that our schools provide an education that is eqitable and inclusive to all our students. I hope I can count on your support!”

French language public school board trustee candidates

Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario – Geographic Region 2

Rachel Laforest has been acclaimed Trustee for Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario in Geographic Region 2, and did not respond to inquiries from Kingstonist.

French language separate school board trustee candidates

Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Michael Charron has been acclaimed Trustee for Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, and did not respond to inquiries from Kingstonist.

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