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Message from the Director
Message from the Director

May 8, 2018

To our York Region community,
I’ve been a part of the YRDSB family for such a short time, but I feel like I’ve been part of our family for many years. Thank you for your welcome. I continue to marvel at the dedication staff demonstrate every day for our students and families. Similarly, our families have shown their support for our work in countless ways.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of attending a number of very special events. What has really stood out to me at all of these events is the level of genuine care - care for students, colleagues and our communities.
At Celebrating Student Success, we recognized 20 very special students, young people who are making a difference, showing true leadership and initiative in their schools, and who really demonstrate care for others. Students are passionate about leading us now and into the future and their skills are astounding.
I also had the pleasure of visiting the Best Buddies Prom for students with special education needs. My face ached from smiling so much as I watched the students dance and celebrate, and saw that smile echoed on the faces of the staff in the room. What a beautiful event. Thank you to everyone who helped to make that happen.
Later this week, I look forward to attending our staff awards and milestones evening to celebrate the work and dedication of staff members across our system for the valuable and impressive work that they do - and again, for the level of care they show their students and colleagues.
We are entering celebration season in education! We recognize excellence through a variety of ways, and I want to congratulate all of the nominators and recipients being recognized at events like the Uukkamathu Kaividale Awards of Excellence, the Vaughan African Canadian Association Legacy Awards, the Alliance of Educators for Black Students Student Achievement Awards, Character Community Awards, and the upcoming Yes I Can Awards. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to celebrate the successes of some very special people in our schools and communities.
This week is Education Week and Mental Health Week, and I encourage you to check in and make sure you are taking care of yourselves and taking the steps you need to be well and stay well. For me, that often means a walk in the woods with my dog, whatever time of year.
Louise Sirisko
Director of Education
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