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About Barbara:

Parent/Working Mother:

  • I care about children and know firsthand how difficult it can be for working parents.  I want the best for my children and I strongly feel that all of our children deserve that.  I want to help assure they get it!
  • I know first hand the struggles of finding quality and affordable child care, after school care, and summer care.   As a working mother I remember just how critical having child care was to being able to work.Parents need to know their children are well cared for and have reliable affordable child care in order to be able to work or go to school.
  • I am appalled at the college debt we are putting on our children these days as a society.   It’s not good for them or our economy.   We need to find ways to help our children get affordable higher education and job training.

 Advocate for Families and Children:

  • I have a lengthy track record working for social change and justice.
  • Too many children in Vermont are not getting what they need . We need to look out for all our children:
  • We have too HIGH a percentage of children in Vermont who are  living in poverty.
  • While Vermont’s drop out rate is lower than the national average, we can and should do better- we still have a 10% drop out rate. This is not acceptable!
  •  So many Vermont children do not have access to quality early education and without quality child care programs children will not develop their potential at a key time for their early brain development.   Quality child care and preschool programs will have lasting benefits on children.

Employer/Manager/Leader:

  • I  know what it’s like to manage people, a budget, and limited resources.    I daily deal with the struggles of the cost of doing business as an employer.   We need to find ways to create and keep good jobs here in Vermont.

Volunteer:

  • I  care about our community and want to make a difference.  We live in a very special place.  Both our city of Burlington and our state are very special.  We are lucky to have the natural beauty we have here and the wonderful institutions and culture that makes Vermont so special.  We need to foster great relationships with Champlain College and University of Vermont which have so much to offer and are a part of what makes Burlington so great.   We have a rich nonprofit community that provides an array of services that enhance Vermont- from the environment, arts,  health care, housing, to human services.   We have a rich nonprofit community that provides an array of services that enhance Vermont- from the environment, arts, to human services.   We have an incredible research, teaching and patient care  hospital in Fletcher Allen that is a wonderful asset  to our community.   We have great performing and visual arts.     All of this makes our quality of life great.   I have been a part of working to support some of these causes.

 

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