March 25, 2019

Briefing - March 25, 2019

Board honours recipients of 2017-18 Premier's Accepting Schools Award

The Board of Trustees congratulated the Peel school winners of the 2017-18 Premier's Accepting Schools Award. Staff and students from Clarkson Secondary School, Glendale Public School and John Fraser Secondary School were recognized as recipients of the award.

The Premier's Awards for Accepting Schools recognize teams across the province that have done exceptional and innovative work in creating a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment. This award recognizes schools that have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate.

Peel board teacher receives inaugural Innovative Business Education Teacher Award

Trustees congratulated Jessica Archdekin, business teacher at David Suzuki Secondary School on receiving the inaugural Innovative Business Education Teacher Award for her exemplary practice and outstanding contribution to business education. She will receive her award at the Ontario Business Educators' Association Spring Conference in May 2019.

Board approves Accessibility Plan Status Report

Trustees approved the Accessibility Plan Status Report - 2018, on the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan: Peel District School Board, January 2015- December 2018. The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) requires that the Board develop multi-year accessibility plans that provide strategies for the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that may interfere with achieving accessibility as required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The accessibility status report provides an update on the Board's AODA and other accessibility related accomplishments as well as a review of strategies for achieving additional AODA and accessibility related goals and objectives for the following year.

Board to send letter to Minister of Education to express concerns over changes to education in Ontario

To help the ministry understand what works for Peel board students, staff, families and communities, trustees will write a letter to the Minister of Education. Through the letter, the board will share concerns about the changes to education, the impact on students, and ask for an opportunity for the board to meet with the Minister.

Board approves recruitment initiative to hire Black and Indigenous teachers

Trustees approved a motion to embark on a targeted recruitment initiative to hire Black and Indigenous teachers to further support the work of We Rise Together - the action plan to identify, understand, minimize and eliminate the marginalization experienced by Black students, and the Indigenous Education Action Plan - the action plan to identify, understand, minimize and eliminate the marginalization experienced by Indigenous students.

Peel board schools first in Canada to be named for Buckham Singh and Malala Yousafzai

Trustees announced they will name two new Brampton elementary schools for Sikh-Canadian soldier Buckham Singh, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. They will be the first schools in Canada to be named for these individuals.

Prior to enlisting in 1915 in the First World War, Singh was a farm hand. He became part of a battalion from Kingston, Ontario, and served overseas as a Private in France and Belgium. He was wounded twice in two different battles and died in 1919 in a military hospital in Kitchener.

Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, receiving the distinction in 2014. She also received an honorary Canadian citizenship in 2017. Inspired by her father's humanitarian work and advocacy for education, Yousafzai began speaking about education rights at age 11 when her father took her to speak at a local press club in Pakistan.

​​View the news release for more details.

Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:

Gabriella Bell, classroom teacher, will retire May 31, 2019

Andre Benrubi, classroom teacher, will June 30, 2019

Kay Bingham, classroom teacher, will retire March 31, 2019

Gordon Busby, manager, will retire March 31, 2019

Fredericka Codling-Ellis, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Johanne Cournoyer-White, vice-principal, will retire June 30, 2019

Katherine Davidson, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Karyn Davies, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Kathleen Flett, classroom teacher, will retire July 31, 2019

Elizabeth Gilchrist, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Sandra Green, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Andrea Hill-Kolody, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Patricia Howe, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Amrit Kaur, classroom teacher, will retire March 31, 2019

Jeffrey Kilgour, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Mary Kilgour, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Stevan Krajnjan, classroom teacher, will retire September 30, 2019

Brigitte Lavigne-Bruce, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Maria Luisa Lebar, instructional coordinator, will retire June 30, 2019

Catherine Long, classroom teacher, will retire March 31, 2019

Sonia Lopes, project manager, retired March 15, 2019

Joanne Mah, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Constance Marr, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Donald Mclaughlin, classroom teacher, retired February 28, 2019

Kaye Meadows, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Jane Pekar, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Mary Ann Rizzuto, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Carol Rumbolt, custodian, will retire April 30, 2019

Robin Sinclair, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

Allison Wilson, designated early childhood educator, will retire August 31, 2019

Janet Young, classroom teacher, will retire June 30, 2019

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