Shelly Reed has been actively involved in her community and her boys’ education since she and her husband Jeremy moved to Waterloo over 10 years ago.
• Knowing that familiarity and stability are important to kids, she actively participated in her community’s successful push to have Edna Staebler P.S. built as a JK to Gr. 8 school;
• She has volunteered on parent council every year since this school opened, chairing for four of those seven years;
• She has advocated for more resources and funding for special education requirements and is working with parents to address over-population in schools located in West Waterloo, to ensure mental health and wellness for all students remain a priority; and
• She is an active volunteer with her neighbourhood association.
Shelly is committed to new ideas, fresh perspectives and open dialogue. If elected trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board, Shelly will strive to:
• Improve communication between parents and the school board;
• Reexamine the safe, caring and inclusive schools section of the student bullying policy;
• Revisit the fundraising policy; and
• Make it easier for neighbourhoods to use their schools as community hubs.
Excerpts from Shelly’s Better Choices Questionnaire
“I will ensure that I do not misrepresent any collective bargaining process with my electorate. I will maintain a positive attitude and support our educators and staff of the school board.”
“Schools, in general, need to get more involved in major policy decisions and the budget process, but they sometimes need a conduit to guide/help them. I will contact my parent council leads with upcoming agenda items that are of interest to them, and encourage them to provide feedback, either through me directly, as a delegation, etc. It will be a priority for me to report back to my parent councils with updates, issues brought to the table, etc., so they remain informed throughout the process.”
“I would love to see a dedicated character development class/curriculum in schools to teach acceptance, compassion and love for all groups.”
“It’s important for the board to consider LEEDS certified materials when building new schools, that outdoor space is landscaped for learning opportunities, that the board work formalize agreements with city staff on student use of adjacent parkland.”
“I would also love to see a mindfulness program brought into the classroom. It would give teachers a toolkit to help those students struggling with transitions and the hectic pace of the school day.”