FATHER • COMMUNITY CHAMPION • WORKING CLASS

Learn a bit about me, Greg McFarlane…

  • I’m an Immigrant to Canada from Jamaica, graduate from Collège Garden City Collegiate, former soldier in the Canadian Military Reserve, Father, community Basketball Coach and proud Union leader.
  • I’m a Red Seal electrician and former Executive Board Member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers Local 2085 and 1st Vice President of the Winnipeg Labour Council.
  • My day job is with the Manitoba Federation of Labour as their Campaigns & Projects Coordinator.
  • I am also very proud to call the Maples my home and honoured to have served as a Seven Oaks School Division Trustee for the last four years.

The past four years have seen some remarkable gains and great progress in our Division.

Below are some of the highlights demonstrating the hard work undertaken by the Division and your Board of Trustees.

As your Ward 2 Trustee, I am proud of my role in:

  • Consistently achieving a 90% (or higher) high school graduation rate
  • Improving early years literacy and numeracy
  • Completing big capital projects like Amber Trails Community School, the Maples Collegiate Commons, Seven Oaks Met School, R.F. Morrison School addition, Collège Garden City Collegiate shops addition and École Rivière-Rouge
  • Creating the soon-to-be opened Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre (at Collège Garden City Collegiate) and the new Learning and Service Centre in West St. Paul
  • Initiating Ojibwe and Filipino Bilingual programming
  • Continuing to hire diverse staff that represent our community
  • Created programs like the CVE and MET school — programs like these focus on students that choose not to go on to post-secondary education and guides them to a Skill or Trade

What I stand for in the Class and in the Community

  • Improved literacy and numeracy as the foundation of learning.
  • Continue to lobby the Provincial government for a fair funding formula that is representative of the needs of the Seven Oaks School Division.
  • Better, more natural playgrounds – play matters and well-designed playgrounds support lifelong health and wellness.
  • SAFER schools by working to eliminate bullying with firm policies and commitment to student safety.
  • Focus on “Learning for Life” teaching real world life skills.