Judy Shirra was first elected to the Board of Education in 1993, then re-elected in 1999, 2008 and 2014. Mrs. Shirra became involved with public education in 1988 during the roundtable discussion "For Our Children" initiative. Having been actively involved in her children's pre-kindergarten education, it was a natural progression to become involved with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA now known as PAC) at Glen Elementary school. She soon became PAC Chair, an active member of DPAC, the Canadian Parents for French and the Block Parent Association.
She has served as Board Chair and Vice Chair in the past. She has been the Board's representative on the former SFU Health Board, the French Liaison Committee, the Policy Review Committee, the Student Service Review Committee, BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), the Community Health Board and has chaired the Metro Branch Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Shirra has volunteered and supported many charitable initiatives. She has supported her community as a member of many organizations such as Chair of CISV International Peace Camp and founder of the "Noon Hour Games" program that she promoted nationally. She is committed to being an advocate for public education and is always available for the children and parents of the community.
Michael Thomas, Vice-Chair
Elected Trustee in 2014, Michael Thomas is a strong advocate representing Port Coquitlam. He stands up for our students and cares about our community. Michael believes all students deserve the best possible learning outcomes and learning conditions. An outspoken supporter of accelerating the seismic safety program, Michael understands our kids deserve to be in safe schools. He's a father to three SD43 students, a husband, soccer coach, business owner, IT geek and is a very active community member.
His past and current community experience includes: D-PAC Director, Director PoCo Heritage, PoCo Emergency Preparedness, May Day Task Force, Municipal Transportation/Operations & development Committees, PoCo Spirit Committee, long-term PoCo Soccer Coach and Past Master Blue Mountain Lodge.
Michael believes a strong education system is the great equalizer; helping us build a strong, vibrant, healthy community.