Vancouver will be electing a new School Board on October 14th and COPE has nominated just one candidate – Diana Day. Be sure to give her one of your nine votes in order to ensure that there is a strong voice on behalf of our most vulnerable children.
“It is important that Vancouver’s Schools are fully funded and provides equitable programming across the district with supports in place where students need them the most. As a community we must provide for the most vulnerable students to ensure a greater future for all” – Diana Day
Diana Day is an Indigenous First Nations from the Oneida Nation, one of the members of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Diana has lived in Vancouver since 1983 and is running with COPE for a position on Vancouvers School Board.
Diana is passionate about social justice issues for all students in the VSB, and in particular advocates for successful culturally safe learning environments for vulnerable youth. Diana believes in creating environments free from bullying and that sharing and learning about Indigenous culture in schools, can help to combat negative stereotypes and promote anti-racism.
Day graduated with an Honours B.A. in Psychology, from the University of Windsor and has been an advocate for education and has worked as a Leader, in Aboriginal health and community engagement for the past 8 years. Prior to that she has worked in a variety of capacities in community development and social services. Her work experience includes work at the local, provincial and national level ranging from program delivery to program management. Diana has exceptional facilitation skills and has provided personal and professional development training to Aboriginal people in Canada and the U.S. Diana is a staff liaison member of the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee to the City of Vancouver.
Diana has volunteered for many organizations and on boards including the childcare centre her children attended “Grandview Terrace Childcare” in the late 90’s. Her children have now grown and her son will begin his first year at Simon Fraser University this fall. Today, Diana volunteers as the Chair of the Vancouver Technical Secondary Schools’ Parent Advisory Council (PAC) where her daughter is an honours student entering Grade 12. Diana is also the Co-Chair of the Vancouver School Boards District PAC, and she has been a member of the DPAC Executive since 2012. During that time, Diana has been on the VSB District Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Committee and also represented DPAC on the Student Services Committee III. She believes strongly in the need for adequate funding for Race Relations, Multicultural supports and culturally safe schools.
As a single parent working full-time and an Indigenous woman Diana knows first-hand the struggles students and families face on a daily basis while, trying to succeed in the VSB system and she would be delighted to represent COPE as a member of the School Board. She is also a member of a cooperative housing and has participated on the board as Treasurer and board member. She also participates with the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir and enjoys their high energy performances. Of all her duties Diana says, the most important one is mothering and supporting her two amazing teenagers through the school system and she would be honoured to advocate for others on this journey.
“I have had the privilege of working alongside Diana Day in her capacity as executive on the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council and want to ask you to save a vote for her as COPE VSB School Trustee. Ms Day is a skilled facilitator with a passion for equity and looking out for our most vulnerable students and families. She brings a warmth and humour to her position while being firm, clear and focussed. Diana Day is an effective advocate and an empathetic listener and will make an excellent Trustee.”
–Claudia Ferris, VDPAC Media Coordinator
“My friend, Diana Day, is an amazing advocate. I have known Diana since we were students in community college many years ago. She is a caring, knowledgeable, outspoken and conscientious member of any community that is fortunate to have her. I wholeheartedly support Diana in her election campaign and encourage you to do so, as well. You are awesome, Diana! More people should know. More people will know!”
-Ruby Langan, Union of National Employees Equity Representative for Aboriginal Peoples