When the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division elects for trustee positions in the City of Prince Albert on November 9, current trustee Michelle Vickers is looking to return. Vickers, who was born and raised in Prince Albert values learning as part of her platform for re-election.
“I strongly believe in the value of public education and the ability it has to mold you into a life long learner. I credit my educational success and drive to the experiences I had in the Saskatchewan Rivers when I attended and I want Students and their families to have a positive school experience too,” Vickers said.
Vickers was born and raised in Prince Albert and attended Riverside Community School and Carlton Comprehensive High School. She then attended the University of Saskatchewan and The New England College of Optometry in Boston where she earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Optometry in 2011.
“One of the things is I have pretty deep roots in Prince Albert especially on the education side. My great grandfather William Vickers was a teacher, principal and active community member for many years from the 1930s to the 1960s, so Ecole Vickers was named after him,” she said.
Vickers returned to Prince Albert nearly seven years ago and wanted to find a way to give back to the community. Vickers is an optometrist in Prince Albert and is finishing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources management. In the process she also obtained a Postgraduate certificate in Business Administration.
In 2018 she also completed a Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry.
“It takes a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds to have a well rounded board. I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with my fellow trustees, administration, staff and students over the past four years and would like the opportunity to continue to serve. I think that my experiences in my academic career and my professional career as an optometrist provide me with a unique perspective and voice that I bring to the table,”
She has served on a number of committees during her tenure on the board and this is another positive in her mind.
“It does and I have also had the opportunity to sit in on Indigenous council meetings at the SSBA, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, just to insure that our division voice and our kid’s voice is represented there I have been able to sit in on those meetings and so it brings a different perspective and avenue that I can see for our kids,” Vickers said.