I am honoured to be your School Trustee for Ward 9. I look forward to working alongside you toward a better future for our kids.
I believe in public education.
Now more than ever we need a strong school board that is engaged, accountable and active. As we enter into a time of pandemic recovery, we are facing teacher burnout, disengaged students, and widespread mental health challenges among children. We must focus on providing quality academics, while taking care of our students, teachers, and other frontline workers who got us through the pandemic.
As a parent and teacher, I know what it takes to create real change in the education system.
The “Best Choice for Change.”
“Ann is an amazing advocate for not only children, but families in Winnipeg. She is a tremendous leader exemplifying passion, hard work and joy in everything she is involved in. We worked together at St Amant for the Autism Programs. Staff and families were blessed to see the integrity and care she has for each child with disabilities. Her leadership in mentoring others to help kids reach their greatest potential expands throughout the community. Indeed, the “Best Choice for Change.” - Valerie Pua, St Amant Co-Worker and owner of Mama Nors’ Kitchen
I have great confidence in Ann as a community leader and I would love to see her step into this important role. I am confident that her contribution to the school board would be as immense or even greater, given her track record of engagement in the community. Knowing Ann has been a delight and a blessing. She has made me laugh when I’ve been too staid for comfort. She’s quick to assess serious situations then promptly extends a helping hand without being asked. Having Ann on our school board would assure us that a person with a good heart and a strong mind is looking after our children’s future.” - Oscar Pantaleon Jr., chairperson of the University of the Philippines Alumni and Associates in Manitoba and treasurer of Winnipeg’s Polycoro Chamber Choir.
"The Winnipeg School Division has been facing a more critical future after the pandemic and the only way to navigate the challenges in the school system is to have a well-rounded trustee who has the dynamism to address and act for a much better education platform for our children, giving them a new perspective to better themselves, to be the engine of the empowered society in the future. Ann Evangelista has a clear vision to work harder to gain a stronger foothold needed to elevate our children to the demand of the future. Ann has the qualification to work on the changes valid to the current problems facing our children and teachers in our school system." – Rodolfo Cantiveros, Publisher, Filipino Journal Pioneer and volunteer to the Filipino community and beyond.
I live in the North End of Winnipeg with my husband, son, and daughter. As a parent, teacher, and special educator, I am passionate about making sure all students get the best education, support, and resources possible. With over 25 years of experience in the education sector (both in Canada and overseas), I know what it takes to create real change. I am currently an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and hold a degree in Education, BA (Honours) in psychology, and a Master's Degree in Education I serve on the Board of MAFTI (Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers) and as the Board Secretary of the UPAA-MB (University of the Philippines Alumni and Associates in Manitoba). I am also the lead advocate for WINCOM (Winnipeg Consular Movement), the call to have a Philippine Consulate Office in Manitoba. I have recently been elected as one of the Alumni's Board of Directors governing the University of Winnipeg, called the Alumni Council. I also served as a Board Member of Steps2Work, an organization that helps individuals with employment barriers to obtain and maintain employment.
A Strong, Accountable School Board
We need school trustees that listen to WSD families and ensure schools are meeting their needs. I want to see a culture of leadership, accountability and transparency at the school board level. I want to see systems in place that allow families to be heard by the school division and have their concerns addressed.
Support for Students with Disabilities
All students deserve the opportunity to succeed. Robust supports for students with mental and physical disabilities need to be a top priority in our system. Families should not have to fight for their children to access what others take for granted. We need to give schools the resources they need to make all student feel welcome and supported.
Pathways to Post-Secondary and Jobs
I want to see students thrive in their school years and beyond. No matter what they choose to do after they graduate, youth should be empowered to build a bright future for themselves. We need to prioritize university/vocational readiness and work placement opportunities that help set students up for success.
Food Programs for Vulnerable Children
Children cannot learn on an empty stomach – yet so many students go hungry during their school day. I want to see comprehensive food programs in schools where students are dealing with food insecurity. We need to draw on community partners to help provide these and other resources for students.