MEET OUR TRUSTEE CANDIDATES
A lifelong Delta resident, Erica Beard is a passionate advocate for healthy and active communities where families can thrive. She is a registered nurse with experience in a wide variety of healthcare fields including clinical practice and education.
In 2018, she was elected to the Delta School Board with the Achieving for Delta team on a commitment to being a voice for young families. Erica has spent the last four years listening to the community, strengthening relationships, taking feedback to heart and passionately representing the best interests of Delta. She is running for re-election to continue to build on the board’s achievements over the last four years and continue to advance key priorities, including improving accessibility, inclusivity and health and wellness of the school environment.
In her free time, Erica enjoys staying active, hiking and hosting game nights with friends and family. You’re likely to run into Erica, her husband Jordan and their two young daughters at a community event accompanied by their dog Dexter.
Nimmi Daula is a local radio personality, community advocate and mother. With a master’s degree in agriculture and horticulture and Plant Doctor designation, Nimmi’s professional trajectory took a 180 degree turn when she was scouted by a local radio station and discovered her passion for media. Nimmi hosts a daily 11am infotainment radio show on Sher-E-Punjab Radio where she speaks with guests, subject matter experts and listeners about their everyday life in our community.
On her show, Nimmi promotes a sense of community among her senior listeners who express feeling isolated and plans are underway to bring her listeners together in-person for multi-generational activities. Her desire to strengthen social bonds and help people in the community is also demonstrated by her longstanding involvement with a local Rotary Club, where she is president elect for 2023-2024. Nimmi brings a deep understanding of the community’s interests to her bid for School Trustee and a commitment to continuing to give back to Delta.
Nimmi and her husband, Kamaljit, continue to raise their two sons in Delta. As a family, they enjoy watching basketball, going on road trips and hikes, and trying new local restaurants from different cultures.
Dr. Ammen Dhillon is a registered clinical counsellor and mother with a passion for fostering school environments where students can thrive. Before becoming a clinical counsellor, Ammen was a research scientist in the biotech industry for 20 years, investigating new treatments for a range of chronic and infectious diseases and holds a PhD from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at UBC. During grad school, Ammen was part of the team of scientists who worked with Dr. Pieter Cullis to pioneer the development of the drug delivery technology that enabled the use of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.
Informed by a profound understanding of psychological development, Ammen is passionate about putting the correct conditions in place to foster a school environment that produces creative and resilient people capable of developing innovative technologies that will solve the challenges we face as a society. Ammen is keen to bring her academic and clinical experience to the school board and help shape a school system that enables every student to reach their full potential.
A long time Delta resident, Ammen and her husband have two children who attend Delta schools and she serves as Director and Grant Committee Chair on the Board of the Delta Community Foundation. When she is not working or studying, Ammen enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, doing yoga or spending time in the pottery studio working with clay. She is a member of the North Delta Potters Guild, and her work is featured at the Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre, near City Hall.
A facilitator of community dialogue, Masako Gooch is a fierce community advocate for diversity, equality and closing the gap on disparities in health and education. She is eager to bring this passion and her skillset as a consensus-builder to the Delta School Board. Masako is driven to bring fresh ideas to the table and build on the school board’s progress towards enriching the school environment for all children in Delta, including her young children who will soon enter the system.
A true animal lover, Masako spent much of her career as a registered veterinary technician before redirecting her passion for educating people as a healthcare professional and deciding to go back to school to become a nurse. Masako is a busy mom to three young children, but she still makes time to stay active by running and training for triathlons, gardening and horseback riding.
Maury Kask is a seasoned executive leader and board director with more than 35 years of experience spanning global multinational companies to local high-tech start-ups, across a wide range of diverse business environments. Maury is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and holds a Chartered Director Designation, which certifies his skills as a high-performing Director capable of fulfilling the fiduciary and strategic responsibilities placed on boards.
Throughout his career, Maury has remained steadfast in his commitment to making a positive impact in his community. He has served on a variety of both for-profit and not-for-profit boards over the years, including nearly four years as a Director on the Delta Hospital Foundation Board. He currently holds positions on the Governor’s Council for the Vancouver Foundation and as a Director (and Chair of Governance) for the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).
Maury understands the vital role of boards in guiding strategy, prioritizing scarce resources and finding equitable outcomes for the stakeholders that the board serves. He is keen to apply his skills to a board that will have maximal positive impact for his community, and he sees the School Trustee role and one of the best ways to have this effect.
Maury’s personal passions include golf, staying active and adventure travel, with Southern Africa holding a special space in his and his wife Kelly’s heart.
While an architect by profession, Joe Muego is also a long-time, dedicated volunteer in Delta, with a strong sense of civic duty. Joe is passionate about fostering an educational environment that prepares students with real options to meaningfully contribute to their communities.
When Joe and his wife Gina’s oldest of two sons entered kindergarten, Joe made a commitment to be involved in their schools. For the last 14 years, Joe has served in executive positions in elementary and secondary schools, most often as PAC chair or vice-chair. His service carried over to the Delta District PAC where he sat as vice-chair and ultimately chair – representing parents of all 31 public schools in Delta to the School Board, Superintendent and to other education stakeholders.
Joe’s civic volunteerism in Delta, compliments his school experience and ties together a rich understanding of local governance. His civic appointments include Area Plan Committees, Zoning Advisory Groups, and as an architect on the Advisory Design Panel providing advice to Delta Council on larger scale development projects.
Joe is running for School Board to continue his proven record of service to Delta as an advocate for healthy schools and healthy communities, and to champion the importance of parent engagement.
As an advocate for public education for the last 50 years, serving in many different capacities in the education community, Val Windsor’s passion for Delta’s public school system remains unwavering. She is running for re-election to a fourth term as a School Trustee to carry on with her long record of service to the community and to bring her extensive experience and unique perspective in continuing to advance the key initiatives of the Board’s Vision 2030.
A self-proclaimed ‘life-long learner’, Val is a retired teacher, past President of the Delta Teachers’ Association, former BC Teachers Federation Executive member and an 11-year School Trustee. She has dedicated her life to making schools and the greater community in Delta a better place for all, including advocacy for seniors as Co-chair of the Delta Seniors Planning Team.
Val serves on the Indigenous Education and Inclusive Education committees in the Delta School District and is past Chair of the Metro Vancouver English Language Learners (ELL) Consortium, a group that advocates for services for immigrant and refugee students. She is proud of the achievements of her past terms, which included delivery of a purpose-built building, Delta Community College, the work the school district is doing toward Truth and Reconciliation and improving graduation rates among Indigenous students. There is always more work to be done and Val would be honoured to continue to bring her passion, energy and time to serving Delta as a School Trustee.
Val has been endorsed by the New Westminster and District Labour Council.
In her spare time, Val enjoys volunteering at her church, engaging in community organizing and spending time with her family, which includes her husband George, their children and grandchildren.