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Mark Wasyliw

Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 3 School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2014 School Board Election?

After 3 years on the Board I have gotten a good picture of what needs to be changed in the Winnipeg School Division (WSD). The Division has an achievement gap between students from wealthy households and those struggling with poverty. I believe the School Board can do more to close this gap and ensure all students can be successful in our education system. To that end, in my first term I was able to start a full-day nursery/full-day kindergarten pilot program. We placed this program into four of our lowest socio-economic schools. Often in these school, students fall behind and never catch up with other students in the division. The added time with trained teachers in the nursery and kindergarten program has dramatic results in helping these students catch up to other students in the WSD. We are monitoring this program closely and if successful, my priority is to expand the program to other schools in the division on a "need" basis.

What experience will you bring to compliment your role as School Trustee?

I have been on the Board of Trustees since my by-election win in 2011. I have been elected vice-chair of the Winnipeg School Division for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 School years. I have been a member of the Finance Committee, French Language Advisory Committee, South End Advisory Committee, Must Fund Committee of MSBA, Winnipeg Teacher's Association Committee, and the Ward Boundaries Review Committee.

I am a lawyer by career and own and operate a 10 lawyer law firm where I am the managing partner. I have handled million dollar budgets in the private sector as well as managing 15 employees. At the WSD I help administer a 374 million dollar budget.

What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as School Trustee, and why are these issues important to you?

I am committed to closing the achievement gap between students of differing socio-economic backgrounds. I am committed to the expansion of Full Day Nursery/ Full Day Kindergarten programs.

I am committed to prioritizing funding for the arts, science and math education. I want to continue to reform how the Division conducts math instruction in the early years and see that the WSD becomes a leader in this area. I am interested in expanding enrichment programs in the WSD including creating an IB program for the middle years. I would also like to see the WSD develop a junior and senior high Arts Academy where students can receive special training in theatre, music, film, graphic and classical arts.

I am committed to making the WSD more environmentally sustainable. I would like to develop an active transportation policy and create a division wide "walking school bus" program. I want to continue with our energy retrofits of our aging buildings and the continual upgrading of our water lines to allow more water bottle refilling stations in our schools.

I am committed to lobbying the government to increase funding to schools to ease the burden on property taxpayers.

What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the school ward or school division you wish to represent?

My ward is diverse. With the neighbourhoods of Earl Grey, Fort Rouge, Crescentwood and North River Heights the needs and expectations of the citizens are varied. Each neighbourhood has its own concerns and challenges and special care needs to be given to address each communities priorities.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I believe in an education system that enhances democracy, builds citizenship and develops community in our youth. I value diversity, inclusion, creativity, and rigorous academic standards. All my decisions will have those values and goals in mind.

I want to see students who are creative, who are engaged in critical thinking and who are socially responsible. The policies that I will support and the initiatives I will create will have that as there focus.

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News that Mentions Mark Wasyliw

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Dennis Quaid movie searches for 2000 paid extras in Winnipeg

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

A new Dennis Quaid movie is looking for thousands of paid extras to appear in the film over the next few months. A Dog's Purpose is based on a New York Times bestseller and will be shooting in Winnipeg from August through October. The casting company ...

Oanh Pham: Donations come in for daughter of woman hit, killed by truck

Monday, 03 August 2015

Donations are starting to flow into Siloam Mission for the daughter of a support worker killed last week. Oanh Pham, 33, was walking to her job at the homeless shelter last Thursday when she was hit by a truck at King Street and Logan Avenue. Lawrence ...

'Monster' Manitoba tornado leaves storm chaser on 'adrenalin kick'

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Professional storm chaser Greg Johnson calls Monday night's tornado in Manitoba a "monster" and among the top four that he's ever seen. The Regina-based host of the CMT show Tornado Hunters had a front-row seat, within 100 metres, of the twister.

WSD to address scathing report

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Winnipeg School Division board chairman Mark Wasyliw says trustees will meet in private to address recommendations. JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES. Winnipeg School Division board chairman Mark Wasyliw says trustees will meet in ...

New tips renew family's hopes of finding Thelma Krull

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Mark Wasyliw Winnipeg School Division seeks $14M in cost savings read comments; Winnipeg Jets set to take off from different kind of runway read comments; OPINION: Will Trudeau destroy the first-past-the-post ring of power? read comments; Zebra ...

Polar bears not able to slow down metabolism when food scarce: study

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A study suggests polar bears are not as resilient to climate change and disappearing sea ice as once thought. The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, found the bears are not capable of slowing their metabolism by going into "waking ...

Thelma Krull search: Police focus on Valley Gardens Community Centre

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Police search efforts for missing Winnipeg woman, Thelma Krull, have focused around Valley Gardens Community Centre on Tuesday. Police have found an item of interest in the area. Day four of the search has included Bunn's Creek area, the 1900 block of ...

Injured Manitoba jockey Alyssa Selman determined to ride again

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Mark Wasyliw Winnipeg School Division seeks $14M in cost savings read comments; Winnipeg Jets set to take off from different kind of runway read comments; OPINION: Will Trudeau destroy the first-past-the-post ring of power? read comments; Zebra ...

Manitoba's credit rating downgraded due to growing debt

Friday, 10 July 2015

An international agency cut the Manitoba government's credit rating Friday in a move that will likely lead to higher interest payments on the province's growing debt. Moody's Investors Service dropped the province's long-term rating to AA-2 from AA-1 ...

Nothing in place for reporting harassment by WSD trustees

Friday, 10 July 2015

No formal mechanism exists for a Winnipeg School Division employee to complain internally about harassment by a school trustee, school board chairman Mark Wasyliw revealed Thursday. Wasyliw said he and Education Minister James Allum have been ...

Maria Mitousis fundraising page to help injured lawyer deal with financial ...

Thursday, 09 July 2015

Friends and fellow lawyers of Maria Mitousis, who was seriously hurt when a bomb exploded inside a Winnipeg law firm last week, are doing what they can to help the injured lawyer with the financial insecurity that will come with her recovery. Mitousis ...

They can be arrogant, but should they be fired?

Thursday, 09 July 2015

Mark Wasyliw. WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Mark Wasyliw Photo Store. Wiens said there is a toxic culture of fear, to the point trustees threaten senior administrators who try to bring forward their expertise at school board meetings. He reserved special ...

Tyranny and toxic rot within the Winnipeg school board

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

In response, board chairman Mark Wasyliw, also singled out for special criticism, said Wiens' work is tainted by conflict of interest: Wiens supported a losing candidate in the last trustee election so his work appears biased. It is a breathtaking ...

Clean up or clear out: report

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

WSD chairman Mark Wasyliw fired back at Wiens' report, which was commissioned by the province, calling it, among other things, "offensive" and "biased." Wiens -- a former superintendent and dean of education at the University of Manitoba, and a current ...

Glaring lapses in Winnipeg School Division's transparency

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

He accused Mark Wasyliw, the WSD board's chair, of ignoring some fixed expenses and once overriding the majority of the committee. Wasyliw, however, said the report is full of inaccuracies and never backs up its claim that the board is dysfunctional.

Winnipeg School Division board 'out of control,' provincial review concludes

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

The Winnipeg School Division's board of trustees is "out of control" and micromanaging the division's business, a provincial review has concluded. The review by John Wiens, dean emeritus of the University of Manitoba's faculty of education, states that ...

Winnipeg School Division board chair fires back at scathing review

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

The chair of the Winnipeg School Division's board of trustees is slamming a government report that accuses trustees of being "out of control" and micromanaging the division's business while "playing political games" with each other. Mark Wasyliw says ...

WSD trustees must solve 'shameful' dysfunction or be replaced

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

WSD board chair Mark Wasyliw angrily urged Allum to ditch the entire report and start afresh with a different investigator. Wasyliw called Wiens's report offensive and slanderous, and said Wiens had especially demeaned himself and trustees Sherri ...

Winnipeg mail bomb targets were 3 women

Monday, 06 July 2015

Winnipeg police allege Guido Amsel targeted three women — his divorce lawyer, his ex-wife, and her lawyer — with mail bombs as an act of revenge following a lengthy divorce battle. The 49-year-old has been charged with two counts of attempted murder ...

Winnipeg lawyer Barry Gorlick disbarred

Friday, 03 July 2015

Winnipeg lawyer Barry Gorlick has been disbarred for professional misconduct. The Law Society of Manitoba released a report this week saying he should no longer be allowed to practice law. Gorlick, who was called to the bar in 1980, was cited for ...

Winnipeg committee votes to slash budget for bike, pedestrian plan

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The head of a Winnipeg cycling advocacy group was shocked when a community committee voted to slash the budget for the city's proposed bike and pedestrian strategy. Councillors on the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee voted on Tuesday ...

Shoal Lake reserve residents weep as Ottawa balks at funding road construction

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Residents of a First Nation under one of Canada's longest boil-water advisories wept Thursday after the federal government refused to commit to help fund the construction of a road connecting the community with the outside world. Both Manitoba and the ...

Tough stand on religious lessons

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Board chairman Mark Wasyliw said trustees want to work with religious groups to avoid problems. "We would want to work with the organization in order to ensure that their programming complies with the WSD policies. By setting out our guidelines, it is ...

WSD transparency still a tad opaque

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

And, OK, yes, the trustees are doing more business in public, and I have to say that they're very good about getting back to me immediately when I contact them, and commenting publicly, especially board chair Mark Wasyliw, Lisa Naylor, Sherri Rollins ...

Aboriginal education initiatives woven into WSD curricula: Trustee

Wednesday, 03 June 2015

"Through the work of the TRC, Canadians have a better understanding of our country's indigenous peoples and the supports needed in our education system to create a better future for all of us," said board chair Mark Wasyliw. He said the addition of a ...

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