Jennifer Blatherwick is running for another stint with School District 43's (SD43) board of education.
The Coquitlam resident launched her trustee re-election campaign on Saturday (Aug. 27), becoming the third incumbent to formally announce her plans to enter the 2022 municipal election — set for Oct. 15.
Blatherwick, a wife and mother of five children, earned the most votes for a non-incumbent on the 2018 ballot and the second-most of all the candidates for SD43.
She compiled a total of 12,066 votes (50.3 per cent) four years ago, landing one of four trustee positions representing Coquitlam, of which she resides in the city's Maillardville neighbourhood.
During her first term, Blatherwick served as a member of the district's finance and audit committee, and was SD43's representative to both the Metro District BC School Trustee Association and BC School Trustee Association Provincial Council.
One of Blatherwick's goals is to provide early access to assessment and support for young students, believing intervention is a cost-effective way for those with learning disabilities.
As well, if elected, she hopes to create space in schools for daycare for families dealing with the challenge of finding quality services.
"Having lived in Coquitlam for 10 years, with children in elementary, middle and secondary school, I believe that education for our students is an investment in the future," she says in a campaign statement.
"Public education is one of the best tools to help us all reach a brighter, more equal tomorrow."
Blatherwick is a volunteer with several groups and organizations.
Prior to the 2018 election, she received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which, according to the B.C. government, was bestowed for her critical thinking and problem-solving skills for local and provincial initiatives.
You can contact Blatherwick directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.