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I have had the privilege to work for the teachers of Central South as your district representative since 2017. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to be your voice on Provincial Executive Council as I run for re-election in the 2021 PEC elections.
I am proud of my 30-year teaching career, 20 years of it with Red Deer Public and all of it teaching students with unique social, emotional and learning exceptionalities. Every day has been a joy and a challenge, and I continue to love teaching and my work with the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
Colleagues, we need to continue to improve and defend our education system as one of the best in the world. We will be facing political and financial challenges and threats to our profession, but we will continue to fight together for Alberta teachers, students and families.
I believe the strength of our Association is not in Provincial Executive Council. The real power of the Association to defend education is in the strength of 36,000 teachers. My guiding philosophy and my campaign platform is communication, advocacy, experience and leadership.
Communication is a passion of mine, and if I am re-elected district representative, I will continue to connect with teachers, individually and in numerous local committees; listen and share ideas and information; and bring their voices to Provincial Executive Council. Over the past four years, I have been proud to represent teachers at rallies, at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and on provincial committees: Resolution, Well-being of Children and Youth, Political Engagement, DEHR, Inclusive Education and Council of School Counselors. I am currently the chair of the Communication, Advocacy and Political Engagement Committee.
I encourage teachers to vote in this year’s PEC elections and to follow me on Twitter @brookwell_don and at www.linkedin.com/in/donbrookwell.