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Chef Malcolm, Looking To Bake Up A Pastry Victory As The Next Ward 4 School Trustee

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Tristan Malcolm developed his skills in Winnipeg schools. Now he’s ready to devote his time and energy to Ward 4 as School Trustee.

As a lifelong Winnipeg resident, Mr Malcom is familiar with the needs and challenges of Ward 4. He grew up on Kennedy Street and attended Gladstone Elementary School. He made a successful transition from Churchill High School to Red River College, where he is becoming a pastry chef. He’s committed to helping other Winnipeg students to achieve their own goals.

Although this is Mr Malcolm’s first venture into elected office, he’s not new to service. The aspiring chef has been working with children and youth at the Rossbrook House, an inner-city drop-in centre. The organization provides activities, outings, and enrichment for children in the surrounding community.

He’s also a Board member at Spence Neighborhood Association. The Board of Directors are charged with the task of supporting a healthy, safe environment within Spence. Mr Malcolm is familiar with the leadership skills needed to maintain a strong community. His involvement with nonprofit local organizations gives him valuable insights for the School Trustee position.

Mr Malcolm is running on a platform that reflects his intimate knowledge of the issues facing inner-city learners. He advocates for more educational assistants in the classroom to help students facing extra challenges. He’s also interested in reducing class size to maximize individual attention. He champions indigenous educational programming like Ojibway and Cree language learning. With his history, it’s not a surprise that Mr Malcolm is a big believer in Indigenous Grad Coaches, after-school programs, and extra-curricular activities similar to those of Rossbrook House. He favours a supportive response to the unique needs of LGBTQ2 youths.

Because children don’t learn well on empty stomachs, Mr Malcolm will work for nutritious, affordable breakfast and lunch programs. He sees this as a crucial factor in a child’s learning experience.

These programs are integral to the success of inner-city children. However, they need well-distributed and generous funding. Mr Malcom understands the critical importance of obtaining sufficient funds and properly managing the Ward 4 budget.

One way he intends to address expenditures is by reducing gas and electricity use. He believes this can happen by retrofitting lighting and installing updated building management systems. Because a sustainable school reduces expenses and reduces stress on the environment, he sees this as a priority.

Mr Malcolm believes that children are best positioned for success when the school system is sensitive to the full range of challenges facing its students. This would mean a focus on poverty and human rights, the health of the family and the planet. It would also mean a lesson in sustainable development for school buildings and grounds. As Ward 4 Trustee, he would apply a comprehensive and holistic approach to education.

Mr Malcolm has been endorsed by former Memorial Ward City Councillor Harold Taylor. Educator endorsements include Michele Audette, Senior Advisor on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education; Geraldine Campbell, Social Studies Facilitator for Manitoba First Nations School System; and Sophie Boulanger, Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Coordinator for Manitoba First Nations Resource Center.