Gabe has lived in Maple Ridge all his life, and attended school here, first at Alouette Elementary, and then Maple Ridge Secondary School. From a young age, Gabe knew that community involvement was his passion. In high school, he was a member of the Student Council engaging in advocacy and initiatives that involved working directly with district staff, including presenting to the school board.
As an SD42 alumnus of less than three years, Gabe is well positioned to understand the issues that are impacting students, families, and the communities as it concerns our schools.
Gabe wants to draw attention to the differing experiences that youth face in schools. Growing up as an openly gay youth was challenging, but Gabe always had teachers he felt he could confide in, and a community that espoused equality and camaraderie. If elected, Gabe hopes to work with the community and district staff to enhance LGBTQ youth’s experiences in schools.
After graduation, Gabe attended Simon Fraser University where he served as Vice-President University Relations on the Simon Fraser Student Society’s Board of Directors for one year, and President.
With his experience serving on, and heading, an organization with a total budget of $12M, a staff team of over 50 unionized employees, and a governing body with a membership of 60+ people, Gabe understands what it takes to practice good governance, manage large organizations, work within budget constraints, and engage in effective advocacy at all levels of government – skills that are invaluable as a school board trustee.”
Putting his name on the ballot to bring a youth perspective to the table is an exciting opportunity, and one that he does not take lightly. Youth have had a challenging last two years. Mental health has declined significantly during the pandemic, and for many, they are still struggling. Trustees have a role in working with all levels of government to promote and curate mental health services that are easily accessible for all students - a role that Gabe hopes to tackle head on.
Over the coming months, Gabe is looking forward to engaging in discussions with community members about the issues that are impacting youth today.