July 24, 2018
Peel board stands together with those impacted by Danforth incident
We are all saddened by the tragic incident that took place on Danforth Ave. in Toronto on Sunday night. Our thoughts are with all those affected – those who lost their lives or were injured, their families and friends, the first responders and all of the helpers. We stand together with the Toronto District School Board and our Toronto neighbours as they support those impacted in their community.
Unfortunately, we saw yesterday that the narrative changed after the name of the shooting suspect was released. As a result, many members of our Muslim community, who are also mourning this tragedy, may now be the target of hate.
Today and every day, all of us at the Peel District
School Board want our students and community to know, without question, that
they belong. That they are safe. That they are welcome. That they are cared
for. Always. Unfortunately, we live in a world where Islamophobia is very real and makes people feel unsafe and unwelcome. Now, more than ever, we need to put our shared values into action—to be caring, cooperative, honest, respectful, responsible and inclusive. To be proactive as we support each other, and the students and community we serve. To inspire hope.
To assist the Peel community with conversations about Islamophobia, access educator resources from the National Canadian Council of Muslims.
At the Peel board, we stand together with everyone in our community in mourning, solidarity, love and peace.
Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board
Peter Joshua, Director of Education