"Putting you and your children first."
That's the campaign slogan for Craig Woods as he announced his plans this week to seek a second term on School District 43's (SD43) board of education in the 2022 municipal election — set for Oct. 15.
In 2018, he earned just over 46 per cent of the vote (11,196 ballots earned) to claim one of four Coquitlam trustee positions.
And now, the near two-decade resident believes he can help bring in more services for students of all ages as they continue to regroup from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"SD43 leads with providing exceptional supports and outcomes for the youth and children in our community," Woods said in a statement sent to the Tri-City News, "yet there is more work to be done to continue to serve vulnerable students and to support the mental health of all students and children in our care."
Woods explained his platform is threefold:
- Supports for student mental health
- Keeping resources in the classroom
- Board accountability
He believes, in each case, transparency is needed to ensure parents, stakeholders and taxpayers are getting rewarded for their time and investments in the local education system.
During his first term, Woods served as a member of SD43's Technical Education Advisory Committee, established the Mandarin Bilingual Program Parent Advisory Group, implemented a social and emotional well-being initiative in schools, and developed more education assistant resources across the district.
His résumé also includes five years as president of the SD43 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), as well as a current board membership with the Coquitlam Foundation.
In the community, he's also the president of the Coquitlam Toastmasters and a coach with Coquitlam Metro-Ford soccer.
For more information on his platform, you can visit his Facebook pages.