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It’s going to be an exciting year!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break. The holiday season brought out the best in many of us. TDSB schools helped raise over $100,000 as part of the tdsbCARES refugee crisis relief. Many schools led toy and food drives, mitten and sock collections, family Christmas gift sponsorships, and shoebox campaigns.
There have been a lot of changes at the TDSB over the past year. The new board, which was elected in October 2014 has now been in office for one year. Half of the Trustees -- 11 of them – are new to the board. We also have a new Chair, Robin Pilkey, a new Vice Chair, Jennifer Arp, and a new Director of Education, John Malloy. It’s a lot of change, but I believe it is for the best. The employee contract negotiations are also drawing to a close, all of which bodes well for the new year.
This year, I will be bringing forward a motion to have all students in grade 4 learn keyboarding (touch typing). It is something that is long overdue and an essential skill for this next generation who will be spending much of their working lives in front of computers. I am also continuing to work with parents, students and staff to continuously improve the special education services in our schools through the Special Education Forum. I am also conducting research to find ways to reduce community violence and the impact it has in some parts of our city.
Please join me at my next Ward Council meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm at Scarlett Heights (15 Trehorne Drive) where we will be discussing this year’s budget.
As always, it’s an honour to serve as your Trustee. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.