Barb Hobson was first elected to the Board of Education in 1996 and served six years, three as Board Chair. She was re-elected in 2014 and in 2018.
During Ms. Hobson's career years she worked in education, technology and health care and retired from a senior administrative role at BCIT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
Ms. Hobson is best known for her community volunteering. She has served on more than 20 local and regional boards. Her roles include:
- President of the Board of Place des Arts
- President and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam
- Vice-President and Treasurer of District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC)
- President of the Coquitlam Montessori Society
- Provincial Director of Odyssey of the Mind
- Co-Founder of the Creative Problem Solving Society
- Director of the Coquitlam Foundation
In 2011 she was nominated for a Spirit of Community award presented by the Society for Community Development.
She has been a resident of Coquitlam for more than 30 years and has two adult children who were educated in School District No. 43.
Ms. Hobson believes every child is entitled to an education in a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to reach their full potential.
Jennifer Blatherwick resides in the Maillardville area of Coquitlam with her husband and children. She is currently the Association Director for Odyssey of the Mind, a creativity and engineering team league for school-aged children. She has served on PACs at the elementary and middle schools for more than a decade, and volunteers for the Breakfast Club and in extracurricular enrichment programs. As a 2018 recipient of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, Jennifer was recognized for her commitment to many school district, community, provincial and federal initiatives, including:
- Community Advisor to City of Coquitlam during consultation process for Rochester Park restoration, 2015-2016
- Organizer of STEM day camps in Coquitlam & Burnaby, 2014–2018
- Member of the Citizens Advisory Council for Metro Vancouver East Correctional Area, Federal Corrections, 2014–2017
- Board Member, Creative Problem Solving Society, 2013–2018
- Coach of Odyssey of the Mind team; 2013, 2014, & 2015 World Finalists; 2013–2018
- Reading Link Coach, School District 43, 2013–2016
- Social Coordinator for Rochester Elementary School, 2012–2014
Jennifer believes that education is an investment in the future of Coquitlam, and that students and staff deserve a safe, inclusive environment.
Carol Cahoon has resided with her family in the Tri-Cities for 22 years and is currently in the Como Lake area. She and her husband are the parents of two SD43 students, who participated in both the Montessori and French Immersion programs. She has served on Parent Advisory Committees (PAC), School Planning Committees, the Coquitlam Montessori Society as elected Chair and liaison and is currently serving as a SD43 Trustee Representative for the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Metro Board, English Language Learners Consortium, Coquitlam Foundation and Tri-Cities Middle School Matters Committee. Mrs. Cahoon also attends Student Leadership Council (SLC) meetings, District Parent Advisory (DPAC) meetings and regularly visits her liaison group of schools. Mrs. Cahoon is the President on the board of the local non-profit, Children of the Street Society, which provides services and education to youth and their families.
Mrs. Cahoon believes all children should receive an excellent education, no matter which public program they are in, and have a sense of belonging, inclusion and feeling safe.
A parent and business owner (Accountant, Licensed Investigator and Piano Teacher), Carol believes that the integration of openness, greater fiscal accountability, stable, balanced budgets, being a strong public education advocate and listening to and valuing stakeholders will continue strengthening the public education system.
Craig Woods (Vice-Chair)
Craig Woods has lived in Coquitlam with his wife and two children since 2004. When his children entered school here in SD43 Craig became very actively involved with the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), applying his experience with non-profit social services and education & training initiatives. Most recently Craig has served as the SD43 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) President over five school years (2014-2018) and has been recognized by the BC Confederation of PACs (BCCPAC) for his volunteerism and commitment to supporting parents in SD43. An actively involved resident of Coquitlam, Craig has additionally been a Toastmasters Club President, and currently helps coach for his son's CMFSC Soccer Team.
Craig's contributions to SD43 additionally include serving on the Technical Education Advisory Committee, supporting to bring mental health and well-being initiatives to classrooms and actively playing a part in extending dialogue and discussion amongst stakeholder groups - something Craig is committed to continuing to support as your School Board Trustee.