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Retiree wants to look at 'frozen' development charges as trustee

After volunteering and joining committees, Kevin Berry says 'next logical step' was to run for public board trustee in Barrie Wards 7-10
Kevin Berry is running for Simcoe County District School Board trustee in Barrie Wards 7-10.

Editor's note: BarrieToday has asked candidates for school board trustee in Barrie to provide a synopsis of why they are running for public office. The following is from Kevin Berry, who is running for Simcoe County District School Board trustee in Barrie Wards 7-10. Municipal elections take place Oct. 24. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 municipal election page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and other election news. 

Kevin Berry — Running for public school trustee, Ward 3 (Barrie Wards 7, 8, 9, and 10)

I am a 61-year-old retired father of two young adults who went through the public school system here in Simcoe County. I have lived in Simcoe County for the last 19 years and moved to Barrie 14 years ago in 2008.

Since arriving in Simcoe County, I have been actively involved in the community. Before we moved to Barrie, I was a member of the Beeton Lions Club. Once in Barrie, I spent four years with Scouts Canada as a Beaver and Cub leader. I then became involved with Special Olympics and I currently coach their alpine ski racing teams both here in Barrie and in Collingwood.

For the past 10 years, I have been on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the public board, representing Autism Ontario. I was the chairman of SEAC for eight of those years.

Prior to joining SEAC, I was already actively involved assisting families with the education system, and that increased exponentially once I was on the committee. Since then, I have attended countless school meetings, IPRCs, disciplinary reviews and investigations with students and their families, advocating for their needs and mediating their disputes. After long consideration, I decided that the next logical step was to take that advocacy to the next level as trustee.

The top issues that I am concerned with are as follows:

1. Handling exponential growth with rising inflation and frozen education development charges.

2. Transitioning to post-pandemic learning and integrating what we learned into future education.

3. SCDSB's relationship with the community.

4. Inclusivity in our schools.

When not advocating, coaching or otherwise volunteering, I love to ski, fish, and I am a very novice beekeeper. My passion, when it is not directed towards my family or advocacy, belongs to my beloved Triumph Speed Triple.

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