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Message from the Board Chair
Message from the Board Chair
May 19, 2017

Message from the Board Chair

I am pleased to welcome Kathi Wallace who joined the Board as Interim Director of Education on Wednesday.  We look forward to working with her in the coming months to continue make positive progress implementing the directions from the Minister of Education, and to deliver on our collective commitment to advance student achievement and well-being.  
 
While there has been much work taking place in our Board over the last month to respond to the Minister’s directions, it’s important to take time to celebrate some of the amazing achievements of our students and staff. The last couple of weeks have seen some of our exceptional students celebrate some of their greatest successes.
 
Last week, I had the privilege of attending the “Yes I Can” awards organized by the Council for Exceptional Children. These awards recognize exceptional students who have shown commitment, leadership, resilience and courage. Their achievements were inspirational.
 
As we know, it takes families, schools, community organizations and peers coming together to support students in exploring and reaching their potential. It was great to see families and staff recognized as well for their contributions to student achievement.
 
There were two other great events held on Wednesday this week that gave students with special needs the opportunity to shine.
 
The 18th annual track and field meet for elementary students with special needs is not only an opportunity to demonstrate athletic skill and ability, but also to demonstrate character in action. Congratulations to all of the participants.
 
I know a lot of hard work goes into providing this amazing opportunity to our students. Thank you to the York Region Athletics Association (YRAA) and the staff and volunteers who make this possible.
 
The Best Buddies Prom brought together students representing 28 of our secondary schools. This special event took place at Le Parc in Richmond Hill and saw special needs students and their friends and supporters dancing and enjoying a special lunch. Guests were also entertained by Chase Mulvihill, a student from Langstaff S.S., who performed two songs.
 
Great work continues in our Board to address areas of improvement, and to continue to ensure our schools and workplaces are safe, welcoming and inclusive. I will continue to keep you updated on our progress as we move forward.
 
Sincerely,
 
Loralea Carruthers
Board Chair
 
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