A local election for school board trustee in Kelowna brings a new face to local politics. UBC mathematics professor Dr. Wayne Broughton will be filing nomination papers to run in the June 26th by-election to fill the School Board Trustee seat left vacant with the passing of Trustee Rolli Cacchioni.
Wayne’s academic and professional experience prepares him well for being a school board trustee. He grew up and was educated in B.C. public schools, completing his undergraduate degree at UBC in Vancouver. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Caltech, Wayne has been a professor at UBC Okanagan (previously Okanagan University College) for 25 years. He also sits on the Parent Advisory Council of Kelowna Secondary School as the joint representative to the Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council. Broughton is Treasurer with Kelowna Unitarians and an experienced community volunteer and organizer, having worked on committees and projects such as Fair Vote Canada, Kelowna Pride, and a local refugee sponsorship group.
TransParent Okanagan, a local organization supporting parents and caregivers of transgender youth and their families, was founded by Wayne and his wife, Carrie. The family is also well known for their generous support of Kelowna Pride and have a large extended family of folks from the local LGBTQ community.
On supporting inclusive and welcoming classrooms, Wayne states, “All students need to feel included at school and see themselves represented in their education, including LGBTQ+ youth, Black, Indigenous, people of colour (BIPOC), and people with disabilities. I support existing programs like SOGI-123 and the development of new ones that help teachers make their classrooms inclusive and welcoming.”
Wilbur Turner (he/him), who identifies as gay and queer, is a Kelowna-based writer and advocate who has contributed on many levels to LGBTQ rights, both locally and internationally.