With two sons in North Vancouver public schools and a third on his way, Jessica is deeply committed to our school system. She has worked with teachers to advocate for more classroom resources, more support for students with special needs, and a better learning environment for all children. She founded the facebook page North Vancouver Parents Supporting Education which keeps parents informed about issues affecting their local schools.
Jessica holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. As a clinician, she provided a wide range of services to youth and adults, including psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments. Because of her experience, Jessica understands the complexity of class composition and the role of mental health and intellectual disabilities in the classroom. By profession, Jessica is a listener and knows the value of understanding multiple points of view in conflict resolution.
Jessica knows both sides of our education system: where it works well, and where it falls short. As an instructor at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College, she understands what students need to succeed. She also has first-hand insights into how schools fail to meet the needs of young people, working directly with at-risk youth — and helping them turn their lives around.
Jessica is committed to making our community strong and vibrant. She is a familiar face to many within a local network of mothers, helping families cope with life’s transitions and challenges. A volunteer with several organizations, Jessica most recently helped create the Lynn Valley Lions Community Garden. Education is one of Jessica’s most consistent passions. Her volunteer work ranged from assisting at her children’s schools to serving as treasurer of a province-wide preschool organization.
Jessica Stanley’s experience and skill set fills a deficit in our current school board. Jessica looks forward to continuing her advocacy for quality education as a school trustee for the district of North Vancouver.