Cooluris’ focus is on students’ future

Bowen Cooluris wants to help students discover their future.

The 36-year-old sales manager said he wants to be a helpful hand in a growing school district and views his unsuccessful bid for trustee in 2014 as a learning experience.

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If he is elected on Oct. 20, Cooluris said he wants to focus on helping students by putting a greater emphasis on programs that allow them to get more work experience.

“I want to give students more exposure to that side of their schools,” Cooluris said.

Personally speaking, he said he had no idea what he wanted to do after school and thinks a lot of that indecision had to do with just not knowing about his options.

He feels this can be addressed by creating more mentorship programs and keeping an eye on the trends of the current job market.

Cooluris said he also wants to tackle the problems created by increased enrolment in SD73, noting portables are a good temporary solution, but arguing the board needs to plan better for how to deal with future growth in a more effective way.

That growth is something he thinks won’t subside any time soon.

“Kamloops as a whole is becoming a destination — any investment magazine you look at says Kamloops is a place to be if you have a young family,” Cooluris said.

“It’s still affordable and it’s big enough and has all the amenities you would need.”

The Brocklehurst resident said he would bring fresh new ideas to the board as a young father of two children in the school system.

Given his work experience, he said he has the “financial literacy” to help deal with financial issues at the school board level.

To contact Cooluris, voters can email him at bowencooluris@gmail.com.

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