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Message from the Board Chair
Message from the Board Chair

November 3, 2017

Ring of PeaceLoralea Carruthers

Students from over 130 schools came together yesterday at a YRDSB rally to form a ring of peace as a symbol of our unity against hate.
 
We were also joined by the Chippewas of Georgina Island, York Regional Police, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies and student speakers representing our region’s diverse population.
 
As Chair of a Board that represents the many voices in our communities, it was wonderful to see such a large gathering of people coming together to promote peace and unity.
 
Our diverse communities is what makes York Region one of the most vibrant communities in Canada. But, we have seen an increase in acts of hate, discrimination and vandalism globally and locally. Now more than ever, we must hold ourselves to a high moral and ethical standard.
 
During the event, I had the opportunity to read a statement from the Minister of Education, which included the following:
“I extend my best wishes to the attendees of the York Region District School Board’s unity rally, Inspire Learning, Inspire Action.
 
I commend the York Region District School Board for encouraging safe, inclusionary spaces for all learners. Diversity is one of our strongest assets. As we celebrate our country and province’s  150th anniversary since Confederation, it is more important than ever to celebrate our diversity and all that we share.”
MPP Michael Chan also sent a greeting for the event and said, “This event is a valuable opportunity to reaffirm the inherent equality of every human being and demonstrate how deeply our community opposes and condemns every instance of intolerance, persecution and hatred.”
 
It is important that every one of our students, families and staff know that they are safe, welcome and respected when they walk through our doors. There is no room for hate, prejudice or intolerance.
 
Our schools need to be a beacon of hope for students who are afraid and targeted by the hateful few.  And yesterday, we saw our students, staff, community members and partners  standing together in unity for this purpose. Thank you to everyone that participated and played a role in organizing the event.​​​​​​​​
 
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