John O’Fee wants to build bridges between high school and the next step students take in their educational lives.
That step doesn’t necessarily have to be into a university classroom, O’Fee noted, noting a student could choose to head straight into the work force or pursue a trade.
Whatever they choose, O’Fee believes School District 73 can help bridge this gap — a goal the 57-year-old Sahali resident wants to pursue if his bid to return to the Kamloops-Thompson board is successful in the Oct. 20 civic election.
If elected, O’Fee said he would like to explore options high school students have for taking university courses in an attempt to enhance those opportunities.
“I don’t know that we do as good a job as we could connecting students to that next step,” O’Fee said, pointing out that the first year of university can be a difficult transition for students that isn’t always successful.
O’Fee previously served on the board of education from 1988 to 1996 before he opted not to seek re-election due to a growing family.
He served as chair in his final three years.
Having enjoyed his time on the board, O’Fee said he is grateful for the opportunities education can provide people in reaching their potential.
Born in Kamloops to a family of seven and an alumni of NorKam secondary, O’Fee has practised law for 30 years and today works as a full-time lecturer in Thompson Rivers University’s law program.
As a lawyer, he said he feels he would bring a valuable skill set back to the board of education.
“It certainly helps to have someone with a legal mind on your board,” O’Fee said, noting he teaches employment law and would understand some of the key human resource issues with which the school district deals.
He also noted his experience dealing with large budgets, having sat as chair of the Interior Health board and as a director on the Provincial Health Services Authority.
O’Fee can be reached by phone at 250-851-1750 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.