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Message from the Board Chair
Message from the Board Chair

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Dec​ember 4, 2018

Dear families,
 
Yesterday, our Board held its inaugural meeting, where our 2018-2022 Board of Trustees were sworn into office, beginning a new term. I am humbled to be re-elected as Chair of the York Region District School Board, and would like to congratulate Trustee Juanita Nathan for being re-elected Vice-Chair and Trustee David Sherman for being elected as Budget Chair.
 
Following the Inaugural, the Board held a Special Board Meeting to hear from families about the impact of the racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to Trustee Elizabeth Terrell-Tracey. I would like to thank those who took the time to attend the meeting and express their feelings of hurt and suggestions for moving forward with us. A summary of your input and recommended actions will be considered by the Board of Trustees at the December 11, 2018 Board meeting.​
 
During the meeting, I delivered the following message, which I would like to share with all families:
 
"I was recently asked if I felt this Board was facing a setback as a result of the racist, xenophobic and hurtful comments attributed to Trustee Terrell-Tracey.  Comments which this board strongly denounces.  It would be disingenuous to say we’re not concerned and aware of that risk.  However, how we choose to move forward will determine whether this is a setback for the Board and our students, or an opportunity to demonstrate the cultural shift and learning this organization has undergone.  I am confident in the mechanisms we have in place to safeguard our priorities of equity and inclusion as well as ethical leadership.  I fully expect and encourage our communities, including staff and students, to hold us accountable.  Our students deserve no less.
 
We will begin this term of office as we mean to continue, by valuing relationships and actively listening to our communities to ensure that our students have inclusive learning spaces and every opportunity to reach their potential.  On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank tonight’s delegates for submitting requests to share their personal impact and suggestions for moving forward."
 
Our board continues to be committed to the principles of equity and inclusion. Our multi-year strategic plan specifically outlines championing equity and inclusivity as a priority, along with empowering ethical leadership, building collaborative relationships and fostering well-being and mental health.
 
We have accomplished much, but I know we continue to have a lot of work ahead of us and I am looking forward to the 2018-2022 term to implement the priorities of the Trustees’ Multi-Year Strategic Plan. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Corrie McBain
Board Chair
 
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