Music Education Platform

Music education enables all learners to explore, create, perceive, and communicate thoughts, images, and feelings through music. Because musical experiences play a significant role in students’ lifelong development, shared experiences through music education contribute to the development of a healthier society and a culturally literate citizenry that respects and reflects the diversity of human relationships.


Music education enables students to interact with sound — simultaneously engaging mind, body, and spirit — through creating, performing, listening to, and responding to music. Music offers one of the most effective ways of connecting thinking and feeling and provides a way of learning that effectively integrates the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domain (Arts Education – Music K-7 Curriculum 2010, Ministry of Education BC).


“It has long been known that music education enhances cognitive development.  Recent studies also show that music education enhances socio-emotional growth and motivates students to be in school.  Furthermore, recent neuroscience research shows that music education enhances brain function, including memory, information processing, motor coordination and emotional intelligence.”  Report to the Board on Elementary Band and Strings Programs 2015.
The previous Board of Vision Trustees (who held the majority) cut all band programs in the budget as they have done every year since 2008 as a political move.  They cut band and strings programs then after a public outcry they would come and say we found the money to save the programs so they could get more votes for heroically saving programs they themselves cut.  Unfortunately, since they did not submit a balanced budget in 2016, after they cut the band and strings programs, they were fired before they could put the money back into the music programs which was their usual practice.
So, because the Vision Trustees wanted to play politics, we now have very few band and strings programs or music programs at our schools.   This is especially challenging for inner city schools where parents cannot afford to give their children after school music lessons.
Many parents would like to see the band and strings programs return to Elementary schools because they are the feeder schools to the Secondary band and strings programs which will also decrease now.  Sometimes, band and strings programs are the only reason a student wants to go to school.

School Board Campaign 2017

“A true voice is an independent one.”

Jamie Lee Hamilton Is a Canadian politician and advocate for aboriginal people, residents of the city’s poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside and sex trade workers. Hamilton is a writer, entertainer, and guest lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia and in Humanities at Capilano College.She currently serves as an elder for the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, which has served the aboriginal two-spirited community since 1978. Hamilton is a long time resident of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona neighbourhoods of Vancouver and now resides in the West End.

A History of Public Service, Community Activism and Advocacy.

Various positions, Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), 1984–2004.
Key witness in the Oppal Commission of Inquiry for missing and murdered women. 2012 – 2013.
Organizer, DERA demonstrations at inner-city hotels which were evicting long-term tenants in favour of Expo tourists, 1986.
Founding member, Coalition for Responsible Health Legislation, a group initiated in response to the push by the Socred government of British Columbia to quarantine gay males with AIDS, 1987.
Organizer and founding president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) sublocal 15 at the Richmond Society of Community Living, c.1988. The union remains there.
Walk for Life, annual AIDS Walkathon, 1991: paid co-ordinator of volunteers; Vancouver, BC.
West End Sex Work History Project. 2009 – present.
Sex, Talk in the City. 2013.
XI elected Ms. Gay Vancouver, 1991. While reigning, performed with the New York traveling cast of A Chorus Line.
Founder of the Hot Meal Programme and Food Bank for transsexual sex trade workers, First United Church, Vancouver, BC; 1993.
Proprietor, Rainbow’s End, Downtown Eastside, 1993–1997.
Helped found the Four Corners Bank to assist people in the Downtown Eastside, 1994.
First transexual to stand for public office in Canada, for Vancouver City Council, 1996. She came in 14th out of 58, with the first 10 being elected.
Community Hero Award, Xtra West newspaper; Vancouver, BC; 1996.
Founder, Grandma’s House, a safe sanctuary for street-involved women; Vancouver, BC; 1997.
Prominent leader in the campaign attracting international attention to shame the authorities into investigating the 67 missing women from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver,
1998 to present. Media attention focused on her act of dumping 67 pairs of stiletto shoes on the steps of Vancouver City Hall. So far, Robert “Willie” Pickton has been convicted of
murdering six of them. See articles “Twenty women missing, action demanded” and “Too many shoes”
Keynote speaker at Resolutions and Ruptures: Sexual and Gender Diversity and the Spaces In-Between conference, University of British Columbia; 2004.
A leader of the successful “No Trademark Campaign” opposing trademarking the word “pride”; 2006.
Invited presenter, Canadian parliamentary subcommittee on solicitation; Vancouver, BC; 2006

Co-Founder West End Sex Workers Memorial – The first one of it’s kind in Canada

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