Honourable Carole James
A community leader for over 25 years, Carole served as president of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995. She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the vice-president of the Canadian School Boards Association. Her experience and dedication to communities is reflected in a number of appointments to provincial initiatives, including the
Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, and the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.
In addition to serving a two-year term as the director of child care policy for the Government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention.
In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as the director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she co-ordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority. In July 2003, she became co-ordinator with the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families.
Carole is married to Albert Gerow, a First Nations artist, and is the mother of two children, Alison and Evan, and a proud grandparent to Hayden and Charlie. She was a foster parent for over 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.