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Posted: September 22, 2022

Stan Chung running for SD5 Board

After a 30-year career as a professor, dean, and vice president in postsecondary, Stan Chung is running for trustee on School District No. 5’s (SD5) board of education.

“Kiʔsuʔk kyukyit (good day in Ktunaxa), I think school district leadership is about creating lasting systemic change. The kind of change that will produce an education experienced by learners, teachers, and staff as caring, inclusive, and inspiring,” Chung said.

“I would like SD5 to be renowned for being the best and safest place to learn and work, especially if your parents and ancestors have experienced historical forms of exclusion such as residential schools.”

Chung is currently Senior Advisor at the Ktunaxa Nation Council. He is a past VP Academic and Research at College of the Rockies and Red River College. He is a former Dean of Arts and Science, Director of Learning, and Associate Professor of Communications.

“I work mainly with Indigenous councils and nonprofit leadership groups like CEWIL ( Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada),” he said.

“Many organizations want to do more than boost profits; they want to contribute to making the world a better place—ecologically, socio-culturally, and even creatively. We have a lot of work to do making school more career-relevant, culturally meaningful, and ecologically experiential for learners.”

Chung has been twice appointed Chair of the BC Arts Council where he has led significant change on equity issues.

He is an executive board member at Kakin Resource Corp (the economic arm of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band), and he has held board positions at the Cranbrook History Centre, ?aq’am Community Enterprises, Canadian Bureau of International Education, Arts Council of Central Okanagan, and Kelowna Museums Society.

Chung holds a PhD from UBC, an MA from University of Toronto and a BA from UBC, as well as a BC Teaching Certificate from SFU.

“I’ve taught at every level, trained many teachers, published on Indigenous reconciliation, and managed budgets at small and large institutions. One of my proudest achievements allowed College of the Rockies students to complete a UVIC Bachelor of Nursing without leaving the East Kootenay.”

“For me, it’s time to give back to a community that has given me so much. I’d like to lend my experience in improving transitions to middle school, work, and postsecondary.”

“I offer my experience developing dual credit credentials so that learners can earn college credentials while in high school as well as “work integrated learning” that allows improved transition to employment.”

Stan and his partner Alberta Kamstra have two adult children. They have lived in Cranbrook on Ktunaxa territory since 2014. Stan has also published two books and many articles on education.

Find out more about Chung at stanchung.ca. Campaign Financial Agent: Codie Morigeau.

The school board of trustees election is October 15.

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