BUILDING A BETTER FOUNDATION
Welcome to Parents First Abbotsford
What is Parents First?
Parents First is Abbotsford's newest civic party with a growing membership of concerned electors dedicated to ensuring that the 2018-2022 Abbotsford School board is comprised of candidates that will respect parents as the primary educators of their children.
Why "Parents First?"
Parents First believes that every child is unique and only their primary caregivers can properly prepare and guide them for a successful life. Schools and teachers provide the best foundation for children when they view their work as complementary to that of parents rather than as supplementary.
Parents First values the input and collaboration with parents/guardians above all else. We also deeply value collaboration with the community as a whole. We envision a truly democratic public school system where the power rests with the will of the people.
My name is Jared White, and I am running to be a School Trustee in the upcoming Abbotsford municipal election. As an Abbotsford local, I have experienced the public school system from many angles and I firmly believe that a healthy public school system is vital for our communities and our children.
I have listened to hundreds of parents and dozens of teachers over the years and I believe there is much room for improvement in our current system. I experienced this firsthand when I organized hundreds of Abbotsford parents to fight the School Board to save our K-7 Schools in 2016. I believe it is time for the fresh air of change to bring back a truly community and family orientated education system.
Increased emphasis on parental buy-in and involvement is crucial to make this a reality. We cannot continue to do things the way they have always been done. Today's technology is advancing to allow unprecedented levels of integration of home and school. Strong steps have been made in this direction but much work is left to be done.
As a father to 4 wonderful young children (Grades K, 1, 6 & 8), including one adoptive son, and as a husband of nearly 20 years to my college sweetheart, I am passionate about children and families and believe that my presence on the school board would be a tremendous benefit to the parents and citizens of Abbotsford. For several years I have worked very successfully in the non-profit sector, including pastoral roles in local churches, and currently I manage one of the fastest growing charities in BC. I have many years of experience with governance, managing large budgets, and making difficult decisions.
I am running under a "Parents First" banner because I want to make children my number one priority by listening to those who love and care for them the most. I will bring innovation, strong leadership skills, and the ability to work honestly and collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure every student has the best possible learning experience.
If you believe it’s time for a change, please vote for Jared White and Parents First on election day.