Ben Besler has announced that he will run for School Trustee in Chilliwack in the 2014 School Trustee Election.
Ben and his wife Rachel have 4 daughters. Their oldest graduated from Sardis Secondary School in June 2014, their youngest is 2 months old, and 2 of their girls are currently enrolled in the school district in grade 1 and grade 4.
Besler explains his platform: “I believe that every child deserves every opportunity possible to reach his or her greatest potential; a potential that can be reached through good fiscal management and a responsible and accountable approach to the way we provide education services.”
Besler feels prepared to be a School Trustee, “I believe that my experience from various volunteer boards, School District committee, and collaboration with parents and decision makers has prepared me to make a positive difference on the Chilliwack School Board. I want to help support and strengthen the school board’s objectives in creating a better learning environment and higher standard of education for all of our students.”
One of Ben’s daughters has autism, so he has a unique understanding of the benefits and challenges involved in special education in the classroom. “I have been honoured to stand with many parents in our school district over the past few years, encouraging the board of trustees to be more engaging on concerns made regarding the accountability of service delivery for special education.” In recognition of Besler’s efforts and input, he was invited by the Director of Student Services to join the Special Education Advisory Committee for School District 33.
As an out-spoken proponent for the advancement of special education and parent engagement, Besler has been invited by BC Partners in Education to chair meetings for the purpose of parental engagement in education. In that role, Besler has had the opportunity to collaborate with guests, such as, Jane Thornthwaite MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement. Besler currently sits as Director of the board of the Fraser Valley Child Development Center and has taken an active role as a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee in the Chilliwack School District.
Besler ran a strong campaign in the November 2013 by-election finishing only 241 votes behind the winner of the single seat that was available. “I appreciate the renewed support of my campaign team and I hope the voters grant me the opportunity to serve.”