December 3, 2019

Peel board elects new chair, vice-chair

Brad MacDonald elected as chair, David Green elected as vice-chair at Organizational Meeting of the Board

At their annual meeting on Dec. 2, 2019, Peel District School Board trustees elected Brad MacDonald as chair and David Green as vice-chair. Both have served as trustees for over 16 years—MacDonald as trustee for Mississauga wards 2 and 8, and Green as trustee for Brampton wards 1 and 5.

In his remarks, MacDonald spoke to the year ahead: "Our diverse backgrounds are a great strength. Each of us looks at things in different ways, but always with the focus on making education better for all students so they can achieve their dreams."

We have so many great talents sitting around the table that needs to be harnessed to build our relationships with school communities, engage their feedback and build together a better place for children to learn and succeed. I will work with all of you on how we can continue to strive to make that happen."

Green added, "Together, we will work. We will work to ensure that this board, in everything that we do, puts students first. They must be first, and always be first, at the forefront of everything we do."

Like every public school board in Ontario, the Peel board is governed by a Board of Trustees. As elected officials, they are responsible for determining policies, advocating for communities, and maintaining standards of excellence in education to ensure each student achieves to the best of their ability.

In accordance with the Education Act, the chair of the board:

  • presides over meetings of the board
  • conducts meetings in accordance with the board's procedures and practices for the conduct of board meetings
  • establishes agendas for board meetings, in consultation with the board's director of education
  • ensures that members of the board have the information needed for informed discussion of the agenda items
  • acts as spokesperson to the public on behalf of the board, unless otherwise determined by the board
  • conveys the decisions of the board to the board's director of education
  • provides leadership to the board in maintaining the board's focus on the multiyear strategic plan, as well as the board's mission and vision

Director of Education Peter Joshua also previewed some of the major achievements of the past year that will be highlighted in the annual report to the board. The report will be released in January 2020.

"Every day in Peel schools, students discover who they are and who they can become—their promise and potential. When they walk through our doors, they aren't just entering a building, but a place of inspiration—a place where they will grow, explore, learn and succeed. It's our responsibility to make that happen," said Joshua. "This school year, we continue to be guided by our board's strategic plan, the Plan for Student Success, with student success at the centre of everything we do."

To learn more about the role of trustee, visit www.peelschools.org/trustees.

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Media contact: Brad MacDonald, Chair of the Board, 905-593-3547, brad.macdonald@peelsb.com

Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, Senior Communications Officer, 905-890-1010 ex. 2239, kayla.tishcoff@peelsb.com

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