Raising five children here in Coquitlam, Jennifer Blatherwick was elected to the School Board of SD43 Coquitlam in 2018. She also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and as the Board's representative to the BC School Trustee Metro Branch, and the Provincial Council.
During her time as Chair of the Childcare Task Force, recommendations were successfully made to provincial government that improved the ability of school districts to host childcare space.
In Fall of 2022, she will receive her Master's in Educational Leadership. Jennifer also serves as co-chair of the Tri-Cities Children's Research Action Team, a non-partisan group of representatives from child-focused organizations. The TCCRAT develops recommendations for improving children's wellness in our communities.
She also serves on the board of ACCESS Youth, on the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Force, the Tri-Cities Opioid Overdose Community Action Team, and as a Director of the Coquitlam Foundation.
She has served on PACs at the elementary and middle schools for more than a decade, and volunteers for 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.
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 in the Tri-Cities for 26 years and is the proud mother of two SD43 graduate students, who participated in both the Montessori and French Immersion programs. A third term Trustee, she has served as the Board Vice-Chair, an Audit and Finance Committee member, and was appointed as the SD43 representative to the British Columbia School Trustee Association's Finance and Audit Committee. Ms. Cahoon has also served as an SD43 Trustee Representative for the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Metro Board, English Language Learners Consortium, Coquitlam Foundation and the Tri-Cities Middle School Matters Committee. She also regularly attends Student Leadership Council (SLC) meetings, and District Parent Advisory (DPAC) meetings and frequents her liaison group of schools. Ms. Cahoon is the Executive Director of the Coquitlam Foundation which encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable, and healthy community, and is a Director on the board of PLEA Community Services which provides unique services to help children, youth, adults, and families who face significant challenges lead fulfilling lives within their communities.
Carol believes that good governance, openness, continued fiscal accountability, stable, balanced budgets, being a strong public education advocate, and listening to and valuing stakeholders will continue strengthening the public education system.
Ms. Cahoon believes all learners should receive an excellent education, no matter which public program they are in, and have a sense of belonging, inclusion, and feeling safe.
Chuck Denison was first elected to the Board of Education for the term 2014 to 2018 and was re-elected in 2022.
Chuck has a degree in Engineering Physics, and an Education degree with double type-A teaching certification.
Chuck is currently a business owner. Previously he was a corporate project manager, and earlier was a high school teacher.
Chuck has broad educational experience. His roles have included:
- DPAC – President
- PAC – President
- BCCPAC – Participant
- Coquitlam Foundation – Director, and member of their Awards Committee.
- Toastmasters – Designated as “Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)”, Area Director, Youth Leadership presenter, Club President and Treasurer, and recipient of a provincial award for “exemplifying Toastmasters Ideals”.
- Created and taught “Scholarship Math 11” for honour students, with topics from applied physics.
- Created and presented Student Leadership Training for numerous school Leadership executives and their advisors.
- Presented a workshop at the Surrey School District Student Leadership Symposium.
- Contributed to numerous SD43 Advisory Committees focusing on Special Needs including gifted and learning disabilities, Traffic Safety, Student Achievement, and provided feedback on an Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.
As a past School Board Trustee, finances were stabilized, relationships with cities and partner groups were strengthened, and student mental health was better supported. Continuing support will enhance all these areas.
Our students will become tomorrow’s leaders. We can encourage them to achieve their full potential.
Craig Woods has lived in Coquitlam with his wife and two children since 2004. An active member of the community, Craig participated in his children's school's PAC (Parent Advisory Committee), applying his experience in non-profit social services and education & training.
Craig eventually served as the SD43 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) President for over five school years (2014-2018) and was recognized by the BC Confederation of PACs (BCCPAC) for his volunteerism and commitment to supporting parents in SD43.
Since being elected School Board Trustee in 2018, Craig has served as Board Vice-Chair, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, and has helped to shape the district's strategic plan. Craig currently serves as the DPAC Liaison to the Board, is a Coquitlam Foundation Board Director, and supports the Mental Health Task Force to help bring mental health resources into our schools and our community.