Tracy Van Raes (right) announced she will be running as a trustee candidate for the Okanagan Skaha School District. Submitted photo

New candidate for SD67 school board

Tracy Van Raes standing for school trustee

Tracy Van Raes is the latest community member to put her name forward as a candidate for the Okanagan Skaha School.

Van Raes, 40, is marketing and community relations manager at Total Restoration. She also chairs the City of Penticton’ transportation advisory committee, and has served as treasurer for the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce as well as the South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society, along with other programs.

Van Raes has two children: Jordynn, who recently graduated from Penticton Secondary and Jackson, in Grade 6 at KVR Middle School. Van Raes chaired the Carmi Elementary parent advisory committee at Carmi Elementary for five years, and is also and active Rotarian and chairs their Starfish Pack program, which helps feed 34 elementary school children in the district.

“The position of trustee is a perfect fit for me. I have a child in our school system. I have excellent working relationships with many teachers and administrators in SD67 and a great understanding of the needs of the children in our community,” said Van Raes. “Communication and community collaboration are key to me this term.”

Van Raes is on Facebook at vanraesfortrustee.

You can read candidate bios for the 2018 Penticton civic election at Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

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