“I will fight for the students of this city with the understanding that our public schools are successful only when the most vulnerable kids and families are part of that success.”
Erica Jaaf is an advocate for public education, organizer, former Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) member, data manager, and parent. She is committed to fighting for all students to access schools that are vibrant and inclusive. Erica has called for equitable conditions for all students, inclusive schools for LGBTQ2+ children, and a Sanctuary Schools policy.
Erica became a leader within Vancouver schools when she joined the PAC of her children’s school. This work exposed her to the barriers, challenges and successes experienced by all students. The problems faced by students at her local school were the same for students and schools across the city. She committed herself to speaking up for every student in our city, a decision that led her to run for School Board Trustee with OneCity.
As a School Board Trustee, Erica will be guided by the values she helped define with OneCity: supporting all students according to need; valuing the work of all school staff; and nurturing healthy communities. Erica brings her experience as clinical data manager to her decision making process: asking the right questions and using good information. Her thoughtful approach to education and schools will help build better Vancouver schools for all students.
“We work for adequate supports for students with all types of learning needs. We support indigenous-focused programming and the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Access to education without fear is a OneCity value.”
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Erica has lived in Vancouver for the past 21 years. In that time she has lived in neighbourhoods across the city, and now calls Champlain Heights home. Erica and her husband, who she met in the anti-war movement, have two elementary school-age children. She is a volunteer with her children’s lacrosse and soccer teams, and is actively involved with their schools.
Erica has a BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Guelph. Erica is a data manager working in health research. She has worked with a software company, as a communications analyst, as well as with arts organizations in Vancouver.
Erica has been politically active her entire life: in the environmental movement, anti-war movement, and solidarity work with Palestine. Erica is an active member of her housing co-operative with experience working as an executive member, committee chair and newsletter editor. Erica has been a member of her local Parent Advisory Committee, the District Parent Advisory Committee and was a member of the Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN). She brings her years of experience as public education advocate to her campaign for School Board.
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Politics is How We Choose to Take Care of Each Other, Georgia Straight, October 10, 2017