Parents' Voice fields slate of five trustee candidates

Burnaby Parents' Voice, a group formed last spring to oppose the Burnaby school district's anti-homophobia policy, will be running five candidates for school trustee in this fall's civic election.

The party described itself in a press release as an "initiative to restore parents' primary role in education" and states its platform as being focused on "educational excellence, an environment of respect, and elimination of excess expenditures."

Its slate of five candidates is comprised of Burnaby parents of school-aged children—Homara Ahmad, Charter Lau, Helen Ward, Gordon World, and Long Xue.

Homara Ahmad has a degree in Business Administration from BCIT and worked in human resources before raising her two young children full time. She volunteers with the BC Muslim Association, her parent advisory committee and coaches blastball.

Charter Lau studied design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and now runs a video production business. He volunteered on the Downtown Eastside, "serving as trustee with a legal defense fund for victims of unjust child removal, and providing technical expertise for the Parents for Democracy in Education Society."

Helen Ward work as a tutor and in providing music services and is president of the Kids First Parent Association.

Gordon World has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria and owns an electric vehicle business. He is active in environmental issues, is an avid cyclist, and speaks conversational Mandarin.

Long Xue works as a software developer and is "active in his faith community."

Burnaby Parents’ Voice is holding a meet-the-candidates event on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoak Crescent, Burnaby.

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