First elected in 2011,re-elected in 2014, 2017, and 2018, Ballantyne has served as a trustee and VSB Board Chair. As a 40 year veteran in education, as a trustee, teacher/counselor, school administrator, and part of the District Management Team, Ballantyne has always strived for excellence in delivering the highest quality teaching for Vancouver students. His base of experience working with ESL, Downtown Eastside Inner City youth, and Indigenous youth in 5 secondary schools, has given him a strong insight into the issues and concerns of students, parents and teachers in Vancouver.

Ballantyne is interested in developing an atmosphere of transparent, professional discourse for all employee groups; from trades and supervision aides, to teacher unions and administration – focusing on local points of view and issues and what the Board could do better in terms of bringing all sides together through meaningful consultation for the future of public education in Vancouver.

Ballantyne stands firm on Vancouver’s need for sustainable funding from the Provincial government and will continue to work as a part of a team approach to increasing and expanding funding for programs such as the Band & Strings program and ESL-related multicultural support workers that directly impact students and parents.

Working from a framework of everyone being “lifelong learners”, Ballantyne is interested in and excited about exploring ways to increase community use of school facilities to meet the demand for youth activities, senior and child care programs, and community learning.

Ballantyne stands for high quality educational delivery, strong fiscal responsibility, and equal opportunity for all students. He believes strongly that ESL, Indigenous, and the most fragile students in our community need all the support they can get from senior staff and he will do his utmost to see that it gets delivered into our unique neighborhoods.