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John Burleson, Pemberton school trustee candidate

John Burleson: A parent committed to improving education

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Proust Questionnaire

Name : John Burleson

Political experience: I vote

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Lack of vision.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Empowering others to succeed.

Who are your favourite heroes/heroines of fiction?

Any character who overcame great adversity.

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln.

Your favorite musician?

Bono.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

A great sense of humor.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Courage.

What natural ability would you have liked to have had?

Remembering where I put the car keys…

Your most marked characteristic?

Determination.

What do you most value in your friends?

The ability to inspire one another.

What is it you most dislike?

Lack of compassion.

What reform do you most admire?

Personal reformation.

What is your motto?

" Fix the problem, not the blame."

When John Burleson speaks about education it’s with an enthusiasm, and sometimes analogies, others reserve for sports.

"It’s 90 feet from third base to home plate regardless of the colour of your skin or your socio-economic background. It’s our job to get kids to home plate," he says. "Our local community, whether looking at the primary or secondary school, should not be satisfied with the status quo."

His passion for youth excellence and community engagement was the driving force behind his decision to run for the position of Pemberton trustee for School District No. 48. A story that ran mid-September in The Globe and Mail bemoaning the substandard level of literacy among college and university entrants sealed the deal.

"We need to address this problem at the local level now," he says.

One of the few male members of the Signal Hill Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, he feels that parents have an obligation to be involved at every level of their children’s education.

"As parents we are the primary educators of our children. And as such we know that each child is a uniquely gifted individual," he says. "Our job is to empower that child to discover that creative spark and for us to fan the flame of understanding so that our children will provide leadership and hope for the next generation."

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