As the saying goes it takes a village. This year began by testing our resiliency, unity, and strength as a community. We came together to mourn the loss of loved ones, resist racism and discrimination, celebrate diversity, fight for daycare funding, and now pool funding. And the movement is just getting started.
One word sums everything up, one you hear me use very often in these updates and in conversations, EQUITY!
Last year was very productive eventful! I had the pleasure of attending graduations, organizing ward council meetings, championing TDSB representation at the OMB for Church Street PS, attending the 125th anniversary banquet and fundraiser for the new Rosedale PS field, touring almost every school in the ward, helping Berkley Street residents gain access to the parking lot after-hours, attending many community events such as the Pride Parade, Cabbagetown Festival, Yorkville Run, AIDS Walk, St. James Town Festival, and so much more.
Over the past week, several parents and community members have contacted my office to bring to my attention various concerns. I really appreciate the feedback. Thank you! I thought I would share my responses with the larger community to keep you all informed and involved.
The last few weeks have been quite busy for me. I have attended quite a few expulsion hearings; several PART Meetings for Whitney PS; board and committee meetings; meetings with constituents. This past weekend I had the honour of participating in Rosedale Public School's 125th anniversary festivities as well as Rosedale Heights Graduation Ceremony.
September 30th not only marked Orange Shirt Day recognizing and honouring the survivors of residential schools or the TDSB's Terry Fox runs but also my first 100 days in office. While not nearly as significant as the other occasions, it is a milestone and so I wanted to share with you some photos, numbers, and accomplishments. We have a lot of work to do this year and I look forward to working in partnership with you and the other parents/guardians, community members, students and staff to follow through on my commitment to being responsive, engaging and accountable!
The Ward 14 team and I just wanted to provide you with an advisory regarding events which happened this week.
Earlier this week, Toronto Police arrested John Pate, an occasional teacher who was working at another TDSB school this year, on charges related to sexual misconduct. Mr Pate previously worked at Sprucecourt PS as a supply teacher and ECE during the 2015-2016 school year. He also served as an ECE for the 2013-2014 school year. However, the charges date back to 2009 and do not involve any incident at our school. More information about the charges will be included in a media release from Toronto Police. Visit http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases to see that release when it is posted.
Trustee Updates re:
- Ward Council Meeting
- Transportation Update
- Elementary Classroom Reorganization
- Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC)
- Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands & Territories