My name is Bridget Ray-Canada and I’m excited to announce that I will be a candidate for School Committee from Ward 1. In 2013, my husband, Darrell, who is a native of Boston and I relocated to Newton because of a job promotion. We had the option of living in Boston, Quincy or Newton and we chose Newton because of its educational excellence reputation. We have two children, an adult daughter Tiffanni who resides in Georgia and a son, Kyle, who is a rising junior at Newton North High School.
I am passionate about helping students be their best, regardless of background or economic status. With that in mind, I am committed to:
- A school system that inspires students to love learning and leadership.
- A school community that understands and embraces diversity, while providing a quality education to all students.
- An excellent school system that encourages students to be self-sufficient, productive, compassionate, and responsible adults.
Over the years, I have been involved in many organizations and initiatives that reflect this passion. I’m currently an active alumna of INROADS, an organization that connects businesses to diverse talent and helps placement of these students with internships. Here I have volunteered as a career coach for young people to provide them with the tools they need to be successful in corporate life, including performing mock job interviews. Likewise, as a member of the Boston Spelman College Alumna Association, I served on the 2016 committee for the Blueprint Conference for Girls held at MIT. I also volunteer with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) where I focus on criminal and social justice. Finally, as a member of the Newton North PTSO, I have identified process improvements as I collected FAQs from parents during my participation on the Back to School Night Committee and worked on the School Directory Committee with the goal of improving communication.
Currently, I’m a Global Product Manager at Cabot Corporation responsible for managing costs and optimizing global assets/operational inefficiencies leading to $8.4M in savings. My educational background includes dual degrees in Physics from Spelman College and Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an M.B.A. from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. I learned the importance of education and public service from my father who is a former school board adviser and now retired history professor and my mother who is a retired computer programmer. My parents impressed upon their five children the value of education and all five have earned multiple degrees, and one sibling serves as a higher education executive in Tennessee.
My background in STEM, fiscal acumen and experience with premiere community organizations will be an asset to the School Committee.