Celeste Bickford's Bio
Celeste Bickford is a scientist with a background in biochemistry and biostatistical analysis. She is currently completing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, specializing in research on maternal/child health. Celeste’s interests include understanding how students’ experiences within the school system impact their health and well-being. Evidence-based decision making (i.e. looking to the academic literature to guide the creation of policy) is of great importance to her.
In Celeste’s role as a Trustee, she hopes to support a school system that fosters positive experiences and relationships and helps every child reach their full potential. As an immigrant to Canada, she understands the importance of gaining a solid education in terms of having the ability to compete academically on an international level. As the wife of a composer, she appreciates the important impact that exposure to music and art can have on a child. As a mother of two young children, she has observed how critical positive adult-child relationships and connections are. Celeste believes that we can have an enormous impact by simply seeing the good in children so that they can see the good in themselves and then use their strengths to make positive contributions to society, no matter what they choose to do once they leave the school system.
Celeste brings more than two years of experience in local government as the Alternate Director for Area D of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and is honoured to now serve our community as a Trustee on the School District No. 48 Board of Education.