May 12, 2016

Peel board declares May 17 as Toonie Tuesday to support Alberta fire relief effort

​The Peel District School Board is encouraging its staff, students and families to lend a helping hand to those affected by the Alberta wildfire. All funds raised will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross relief effort.

“At the Peel board, we care and have compassion for others, especially in times of need,” says Janet McDougald, chair of the board. “Our community will do all we can to support children and families affected by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area.”

All donations will be matched in full by the Government of Canada. Staff, students and families can choose to donate at Peel board schools and locations on May 17 or make an online donation anytime at​

The Canadian Red Cross has already begun providing support to families affected by the fire, which has forced all 70,000 residents of Fort McMurray to leave their homes. Funds donated are helping the organization provide relief in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter and other necessities. 

The Peel board serves more than 154,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating 250 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in the Peel Region.


Media contact: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications & Community Relations, 905-890-1010, ext. 2812, [email protected] 

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected] 
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