Experience to Support  Successful Advocacy as a Trustee

Deborah has:

  • 25 years teaching experience in Canada and the USA
  • B.A. (University of Guelph ) / teaching certification ( McMaster University )
  • M.Ed./ educational psychology  ( University of Ottawa )
  • Teaching experience in elementary, middle school, high school
  • Specialization in the area of special education
  • Raised my children and actively supported public education
  • Volunteered in my children’s schools
  • 30yr-support of youth and marginalized adults-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
  • GVTA-School Rep, Working/Learning Com’t, Executive-Member-At-Large
  • Attended and presented on key issues at Board of Education #61 meetings 2008-2011
  • 3 year term as SD 61 trustee vociferously advocating for public engagement, transparency, budget committee and strategic plan.
  • A firm commitment to bring full funding to the children of our school district and inform parents and citizens about the class composition issues in our schools


Deborah Nohr, BA, M.Ed

Deborah Nohr grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.  Through her many travels, Deborah learned that our social and economic prosperity and sustainability in Canada is the result of a more equitable distribution of opportunity and wealth amongst our citizens.  She sees public education as the key opportunity to maintain a stable society.

Deborah had a passion for teaching from a very early age.  She received her BA from the University of Guelph, and attended McMaster University for her teacher certification.  The University of Ottawa provided more graduate work in the area of educational psychology M.Ed.  Deborah has 25 years teaching experience at all levels in the public education system across North America.

Deborah has a deep commitment to serve in her community.  She is an active Christian and belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Respectful of all religions, Deborah says she has “a deep belief in the worth of souls”. Deborah participates yearly in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in Victoria. This community event brings in over 40,000 lb of healthy food each September for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Deborah’s expertise developed in the classroom, in specialized district programs, intensive behaviour programs and in the area of special education.  She recognizes that students who do not succeed often have a fine intellect but need a different approach and a supportive relationship with their teacher.

Deborah’s decision to run comes from working in the public education system for many years and recently, over the past 10 years, experiencing the significant deterioration in many classrooms. She sees more and more students being left behind because of a shortage of teacher time, educational aide support and other specialists who play a vital role in helping students learn

Deborah is concerned that many young, well-trained recent graduates are not being hired, particularly in light of current workforce demographics. She is concerned that the young teachers will leave BC and the opportunity to mentor them for the future is being squandered.

Seeing the devastating results of underfunding in the classroom, Deborah helped establish Victoria Public Education Coalition, a community organization which advocates full funding for public education.

Deborah’s goal is to engage in meaningful and specific dialogue with citizens so that we may collectively work to improve our children’s education through full funding, create a sustainable community and have a happy and fulfilled citizenry.

Deborah retired early from her career to use her expertise as a voice for the community by running for trustee in School District 61. Deborah is happily married and has a grandson in the public education system here in Victoria.