Meeting Notes - February 17, 2015

The meeting tonight was short, but productive, and for me the theme was all about student life and opportunity.

February’s Student of the Month is Sydney Brouillard-Coyle. From a young age, Sydney has devoted herself to “making the world a better place”. Even though she has just started high school, she has been a guest speaker at We Day for several years. We Day “empowers a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative”. Through the organization, she is a “Shameless Idealist” and has helped raise $53,000 for a school in Kenya. Sydney says she wants to be Prime Minister of Canada some day! Go Sydney!

From Student Trustee Nicole Fletcher we heard that Student Senate is looking into developing a GSA Senate where School GSA Presidents can come together to share and promote equity and inclusion throughout the school system. What a great idea!

I was pleased to support a Notice of Motion by Trustee Taves to begin a Skilled Trades initiative. To start, the board will be undertaking a review of skilled trades offerings throughout GECDSB, providing tours to trustees, and looking at other school boards to determine our next steps. I look forward to being involved in this initiative.

The next board meeting is March 24. Before then, the trustees will be participating in a Board Governance session with facilitator Michael Hines on February 26. In addition, on February 25 and 26 GECPIC will be hosting Seminars on Parenting in High Stress Environment. They're free and open to anyone!


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Jessica Sartori