Mountain will see at least two new public school trustees on Oct. 27

News Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Mountain voters will have elected at least two new public school trustees when polls close this Monday.

The new faces are guaranteed because incumbents Laura Peddle and Lillian Orban, who represent wards 6 and 7 respectively, chose not to run again.

Ward 8’s Wes Hicks, who’s served the area for 29 of the past 32 years, is the sole Mountain trustee seeking re-election and faces a lone challenger, Chris Litfin, a 21-year-old McMaster University student who grew up and lives in Ward 1.

In Ward 6, former trustee Kathy Archer, a retired school bus driver who runs Mountain Kidz Klub, is running for the fourth time and trying to recapture the seat she lost to Peddle in 2006.

The ward resident faces challengers Angie Armstrong, Al Miles, Eamon O’Donnell and Tanya Prosser, all making their first bid for office.

Armstrong, who lives in Ward 7, is a pre-planning director at a funeral home. She has been active with several non-profit groups and served as a Mohawk College governor for six years.

Miles, un upper Stoney Creek resident, is a youth worker who grew up in Ward 6 and helped coach the water polo team at Barton high school for several years.

Ward 6 resident O’Donnell is a Sherwood grad who holds three trade licences and publicly disputed the board’s assessment of his alma mater’s state of disrepair when it was initially slated for closure.

Prosser, who also lives in Ward 6, runs a small soap-making business out of her home. She is part of a group vowing to push for a five-year moratorium on school closures and more than double the $30 million the board spends on educational assistants each year.

The Ward 7 battle features three candidates who all live in the ward.

Dawn Danko, a Mohawk College professor who runs a photography business with her husband, played a high-profile role in rebuffing an initial plan to close Queensdale school as part of a central Mountain accommodation review that is shuttering three others.

Marlon Picken is an environmental aide at Juravinski Hospital who also ran in 2010. He is a vice-president with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and chairs the city’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski is an addictions counselor and carpenter who fought the closure of Linden Park and Cardinal Heights schools, where her son and daughter go. She is also a member of the same group as Prosser.

Mountain will see at least two new public school trustees on Oct. 27

News Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Mountain voters will have elected at least two new public school trustees when polls close this Monday.

The new faces are guaranteed because incumbents Laura Peddle and Lillian Orban, who represent wards 6 and 7 respectively, chose not to run again.

Ward 8’s Wes Hicks, who’s served the area for 29 of the past 32 years, is the sole Mountain trustee seeking re-election and faces a lone challenger, Chris Litfin, a 21-year-old McMaster University student who grew up and lives in Ward 1.

In Ward 6, former trustee Kathy Archer, a retired school bus driver who runs Mountain Kidz Klub, is running for the fourth time and trying to recapture the seat she lost to Peddle in 2006.

The ward resident faces challengers Angie Armstrong, Al Miles, Eamon O’Donnell and Tanya Prosser, all making their first bid for office.

Armstrong, who lives in Ward 7, is a pre-planning director at a funeral home. She has been active with several non-profit groups and served as a Mohawk College governor for six years.

Miles, un upper Stoney Creek resident, is a youth worker who grew up in Ward 6 and helped coach the water polo team at Barton high school for several years.

Ward 6 resident O’Donnell is a Sherwood grad who holds three trade licences and publicly disputed the board’s assessment of his alma mater’s state of disrepair when it was initially slated for closure.

Prosser, who also lives in Ward 6, runs a small soap-making business out of her home. She is part of a group vowing to push for a five-year moratorium on school closures and more than double the $30 million the board spends on educational assistants each year.

The Ward 7 battle features three candidates who all live in the ward.

Dawn Danko, a Mohawk College professor who runs a photography business with her husband, played a high-profile role in rebuffing an initial plan to close Queensdale school as part of a central Mountain accommodation review that is shuttering three others.

Marlon Picken is an environmental aide at Juravinski Hospital who also ran in 2010. He is a vice-president with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and chairs the city’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski is an addictions counselor and carpenter who fought the closure of Linden Park and Cardinal Heights schools, where her son and daughter go. She is also a member of the same group as Prosser.

Mountain will see at least two new public school trustees on Oct. 27

News Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Mountain voters will have elected at least two new public school trustees when polls close this Monday.

The new faces are guaranteed because incumbents Laura Peddle and Lillian Orban, who represent wards 6 and 7 respectively, chose not to run again.

Ward 8’s Wes Hicks, who’s served the area for 29 of the past 32 years, is the sole Mountain trustee seeking re-election and faces a lone challenger, Chris Litfin, a 21-year-old McMaster University student who grew up and lives in Ward 1.

In Ward 6, former trustee Kathy Archer, a retired school bus driver who runs Mountain Kidz Klub, is running for the fourth time and trying to recapture the seat she lost to Peddle in 2006.

The ward resident faces challengers Angie Armstrong, Al Miles, Eamon O’Donnell and Tanya Prosser, all making their first bid for office.

Armstrong, who lives in Ward 7, is a pre-planning director at a funeral home. She has been active with several non-profit groups and served as a Mohawk College governor for six years.

Miles, un upper Stoney Creek resident, is a youth worker who grew up in Ward 6 and helped coach the water polo team at Barton high school for several years.

Ward 6 resident O’Donnell is a Sherwood grad who holds three trade licences and publicly disputed the board’s assessment of his alma mater’s state of disrepair when it was initially slated for closure.

Prosser, who also lives in Ward 6, runs a small soap-making business out of her home. She is part of a group vowing to push for a five-year moratorium on school closures and more than double the $30 million the board spends on educational assistants each year.

The Ward 7 battle features three candidates who all live in the ward.

Dawn Danko, a Mohawk College professor who runs a photography business with her husband, played a high-profile role in rebuffing an initial plan to close Queensdale school as part of a central Mountain accommodation review that is shuttering three others.

Marlon Picken is an environmental aide at Juravinski Hospital who also ran in 2010. He is a vice-president with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and chairs the city’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski is an addictions counselor and carpenter who fought the closure of Linden Park and Cardinal Heights schools, where her son and daughter go. She is also a member of the same group as Prosser.