Welcome back to school, and a very special welcome to students and families who are new to York Region District School Board. We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and is looking forward to the new school year ahead. For our students starting elementary or secondary school, we would like to let you know that our skilled staff and educators are working hard to ensure a positive transition experience that helps students feel supported, energized and engaged.
Dear families, As we reach the end of the 2022-2023 school year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done to make this year a successful one.
At the end of May, our Board received a report on anti-Asian racism from Dr. Reid from the University of Toronto and Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad of Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Reid and Dr. Eizadirad consulted with the Asian community of York Region to gather their lived experiences. They consulted with students, families, staff and community members who identify as Asian and invited them to complete surveys and attend virtual focus groups to provide their feedback.
It is with mixed emotions that we share that Acting Associate Director of Equitable Outcomes and Schools Cecil Roach has announced his retirement, effective September 29, 2023. Associate Director Roach has served the education sector with distinction for over 42 years. After arriving in Canada from Montserrat in his early teens, Mr. Roach completed most of his schooling in Montreal and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Concordia and McGill Universities.
I am pleased to announce that Bill Cober has been appointed by the Board of Trustees as the next Director of Education for York Region District School Board. Bill will start in the role on August 1, 2023.
York Region District School Board is currently recruiting for a Director of Education. The responsibility of selecting a Director is one of the most important tasks of the Board of Trustees.
As we enter the December holidays, we want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you for your partnership and support, and to wish you a happy, healthy and safe winter break. We truly value the relationship we have with families and know that it is by working in partnership with you that we can best support the learning, well-being and achievement of your children, our students. They continue to inspire us every day with their creativity, passion and perseverance.
I am honoured to have been elected as Chair of the York Region District School Board at the November 21 Inaugural Board meeting. I look forward to working with my newly-elected and re-elected trustee colleagues and thank them for putting their name forward to serve the students and families of York Region.
With the October municipal election behind us, the 2018-2022 Trustee term of office is now drawing to a close, and we are saying good-bye to a number of our trustee colleagues.It is my honour to recognize Trustees Sherman, Cui, Terrell, Cordova, McRoberts, Nathan and Trustee Gilbert for the many contributions that they have made to public education in York Region.
On November 9, the Ministry of Education announced a series of reforms for Ontario schools to combat rising antisemitism, including the introduction of mandatory Holocaust learning in elementary schools. On behalf of the York Region District School Board, we welcome this announcement to strengthen Holocaust education. Incidents of antisemitism are occurring in our schools and are causing hurt and harm to students, staff and families.