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Message from the Board Chair
Message from the Board Chair
April 13, 2017

Message from the Board Chair

As we begin to implement the directions from the Minister​, I want to share a few words with you.
 
I know many of you may be thinking, "I don't want more words. I want to see action." I agree, but I also believe that words are part of what brought us to this moment.

So let me offer these words, which I say to you from my heart - as a Mom, as Board Chair, as a person - I am truly sorry that so many of you - families, staff members, community partners and, in particular, our students - were hurt so deeply. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I apologize.
 
As the elected chair of the Board, I take responsibility for what happened, and for what will happen next.

Last night, trustees met to discuss the report and directions from the Minister. I can say that all of the trustees - every one of us - are on the same page. We are united, working together on a clear path, and  will begin taking action immediately.
 
It won't be action behind closed doors. There have been too many closed doors. At my first Board meeting as chair, I paraphrased Justice Louis Brandeis who said “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” We now have that light shining on us.
 
We are committed to moving forward in an open and transparent manner to restore public confidence in our Board and ensure we are providing our students with a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environment.
 
Sincerely,
 
Loralea Carruthers
Board Chair
 
 
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