Well known local runner and coach Malcolm Smillie has announced his candidacy for the Delta School Board. The Ladner resident who was the Delta Masters Athlete of the year in 2010 is now focused on the race for a seat on the school board in the upcoming municipal election on Nov. 19.
“Alongside the main issue of managing the school board resources in the face of declining enrollment I am eager to see what I can do to help with raising the quality of daily physical education for all students in the Delta School District,” said Smillie. “As a parent with two teenagers currently in the school system in Delta I have decided to try and see what can actively been done to ensure that the academic and sport opportunities for all students are not adversely impacted in both the short and long term.”
Smillie started out his working life teaching English and phys-ed but is now working in the business world with the Vancouver Board of Trade.
“With my business background I am very familiar with dealing with budget planning and the associated decision making process.”
Looking ahead to the next three years and beyond in Delta I believe the funding issues that are going to have to be addressed by the school board are going to need close examination so the best interests of the students, teachers and the community at large are debated thoroughly and communicated to everyone involved.”
He also added that he is looking to follow his passion for sport and exercise as part of his role as school trustee if elected.
“The benefits of physical activity and academic performance have been clearly documented over the years. Children of all ages benefit from exercise and I would like to try and influence and where possible improve that experience for elementary and secondary school kids across the district.”