Stephen Fowler was born and raised in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, he has called the Abbotsford area home for over fifty years. Stephen has taught in the Abbotsford area, primarily at Rick Hansen Secondary School, for nineteen years.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University in 1996, Stephen has taught in the Abbotsford School District ever since. During those years of teaching, Stephen has volunteered extensively to improve the school teachers’ professional status, and to improve the school’s climate and atmosphere. He continues to be a part of his school’s Focus Team, which organizes events to promote school spirit, as well as planning and promoting teacher team building days and days of professional development. He has tirelessly volunteered his time to student activities, by leading the school’s Green Team, coaching the boys’ soccer team, chaperoning at dances and social functions, leading the school’s student led Hurricane Council, and helping with valedictory speeches.
Through his experiences at Abbotsford schools, Stephen has learned much about the city’s civic issues, whether green or humanitarian, and works to raise the students’ awareness of their city in ways that allow them to take part in whatever way they feel comfortable.
He currently teaches English, but during his nineteen year career has taught students with special needs, learning assistance, social studies, geography and leadership; it is often joked that it is easier to ask Stephen what he hasn’t taught.
Stephen values the Green Party’s vision of unconditional respect for all citizens, and is especially excited by the Party’s policy position principle that each way forward must be positive for the economy, the environment, and the people of Canada. He believes the Green Party’s vision is positive, unique, achievable and necessary.
As leader of Rick Hansen’s Green Team, Stephen meets weekly with his students to build ideas that will make the school a greener building and that instill a green philosophy within the student body. In the last year, Stephen and his team won the opportunity to lead a pilot garbage sorting program, in hopes of reducing the amount of landfill waste through the addition of compost, paper and bottle and can receptacles in the school hallways. This program begins in September of 2015.
Stephen is the proud father of Dylan; his seventeen year old son. They cook together, enjoy road trips, and the occasional discussion on human psychology. In his personal time, Stephen can be found riding his road bicycle along various routes around Abbotsford and surrounding communities; it is his main exercise and his favourite meditation time. Stephen likes to travel but, despite dreams of faraway places, believes there is no better place in the world to explore than the British Columbia Coast.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Stephen Fowler as our candidate in the riding of Abbotsford.