Hilary Thomson is a lawyer and a former parent advisory committee (PAC) chair. As the parent of four school-aged children, she has learned what an important role schools play in the life of a child, and their families.
In university, Hilary volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, and a passion for inclusive education was born. Hilary sits on the board of Inclusion BC, an organization dedicated to promoting the rights and opportunities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She understands firsthand how tough it can be to advocate for the supports our children need to thrive. If elected, she will prioritize funding enough student support workers and resource teachers, so that children with disabilities get the support they need.
Hilary has held several positions on her east-side PAC, including the position of chair. She advocated for many changes to her children’s local school to make it more wheelchair-accessible, including an accessible playground. She believes the district should have a plan to make sure all schools are accessible for students, staff and visitors.
Hilary has lived in Kensington-Cedar Cottage since 2008. She has found tremendous support from her children’s school community, and she would like to see a city where all children can attend seismically-safe schools in their neighbourhoods. She is running to be a school trustee so that she can help make our district a place where families are heard and educators are supported.
In her free time, Hilary enjoys running at Trout Lake or near False Creek, visiting Van Dusen Gardens, or swimming with her kids at New Brighton Pool.