Erica Jaaf is a life long social justice advocate and fighter for public education, and a coalition builder with a keen eye for detail. As a Vancouver School Board Trustee, Erica will work together with trustees and staff to cultivate neighbourhood public schools that are safe, inclusive, and meet the learning needs of all Vancouver children and families.
Erica lives in a co-op, and has two children who attend elementary school in Vancouver. She first decided to join her Parent Advisory Council (PAC) as a way to connect with her children’s school life and quickly became dismayed by the inadequacy of funding available to Vancouver schools. Watching parents fundraise for everything from textbooks, to essential supplies, to even the very basics like breakfasts and food for students to take home over the weekend moved her to deepen her fight for well funded public education.
Her advocacy work led her to serve as District PAC representative, and then to Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN) where she is currently a member (on leave) of the steering committee. As a School Trustee Erica is looking forward to continuing her fight for accessible and equitable public education in cooperation with other Trustees.
Erica is a clinical data manager at an HIV research group. There she shares in the responsibility for the generation of high quality, reliable, and statistically sound data from clinical trials and ensures that data supports the conclusions drawn from the research. Evidence-based medicine has taught Erica that making policy decisions should start with asking the right questions and having the right information. She is a lifelong volunteer and activist; the editor of her housing co-op’s newsletter, and met her husband volunteering in anti-war work.
After almost two decades of underfunding to the public education system, there are challenges ahead for the Vancouver Board of Education Trustees. Erica Jaaf is ready to champion a cooperative school board that respects teachers, staff, families, and students.