Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
I Believe in Public Education
I Believe in Working Together
I Believe in Our Children
I attended Guthrie Public School and Eastview Secondary School within the Simcoe County District School Board. I had a rewarding school experience with many exceptional teachers to help guide me along the way.
I am now a parent of twin boys who attend Steele Street Public School and have been an active volunteer and a member of the parent school council at Steele Street since my boys entered grade one. I have been the chair of the parent school council at Steele Street since 2014.
I joined the SCDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) that supports all school councils within the board in 2013. I was then elected to chair this committee for three terms from 2014-2017.
There I met and worked with many engaged parents from other school councils and supportive board staff with the goal to share information and provide feedback to both the board and the school councils.
I would like to continue to participate in improving our public education system as your trustee representative.
Parents, teachers and school staff all have important direct roles to play to support and nurture our children in their daily education.
The Simcoe County District School Board including trustees, administrators and board staff also all play important roles in establishing the broader school culture and supporting structure.
A trustee is responsible for identifying the needs and priorities of their community and for ensuring these are considered in the decisions that result in practical educational opportunities for students
Everyone should be working towards the shared goal of providing the best education for our children within the available funding and resources. I would like to play a part in achieving this continued goal as your trustee representative.
Every one of us continues to learn through our individual and shared experiences each and every day. For almost 10 months a year, five days a week, 6 hours each day, that learning experience is within the school setting for our children and teenagers.
We all have our roles to play to nurture a healthy learning environment that will allow our children to develop into resilient and self-sufficient adults. We need to support them along this road of self-discovery while at the same time allow them the freedom to learn
from their successes as well as their failures.
Children have a great capacity to learn from their experiences and start out less afraid to make errors and even fail. We can help them by letting them try and sometimes fail as long as we are supportive of the effort.
In the end we can enjoy and celebrate the journey of discovery towards their adulthood together.
As your trustee representative I will work with the other elected trustees to ensure that each student feels included and has the supports they need in safe, well-maintained and welcoming schools we can all be proud of.