For Grieve, mental health is a focus

Heather Grieve has never let her handicap hold her back.

“I have played competitive basketball and soccer and golf — not competitive golf,” she said with a laugh.

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The 47-year-old single mom was born without her left forearm and was teased in school for being different, but said she received “amazing support” from teachers over the years — including one who taught her to play the ukulele.

It’s a desire to support this type of personalized education that is fuelling Grieve in her bid to claim a school trustee position in the Oct. 20 civic election.

“I’m really invested in the education that we provide our kids,” said the social program officer for Interior Health. “I want to support all staff … in making sure that they are supported well enough to be able to do their jobs well.”

Grieve grew up in Kamloops and has worked in the mental-health and substance-abuse field for 22 years. The Westsyde resident is also involved in coaching Kamloops Youth Soccer and is the daughter of former superintendent of schools Terry Grieve.

One of her goals is to see a greater focus on mental-health issues in the school system.

“I know that the district PAC did some very good teaching and providing resources around that issue, but I think it’s becoming more prevalent,” Grieve said.

While not in a position right now to say what she might change at the school district level, Grieve said she wants to maintain enough funding for teachers and support staff to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and ensure SD73’s five-year strategic plan is implemented.

“I believe I have strong communication skills [and] I want to make sure that the community is heard,” Grieve said.

She can be reached by phone at 778-472-0077, by email at heathergrieve@shaw.ca and on Facebook by searching “Elect Heather Grieve, School Trustee.”

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