I’ve participated in two all-candidates meetings/debates so far with the TDSB Trustee election. I find it quite surprising that I often am the only one representing specific community needs & interests here in our Ward.
I do not talk broadly about initiatives I’d like to see in our schools. I do not only talk about educational research or provincial/board policies. I speak specific to addressing the needs of our students, families, and communities.
I am often asked if I live in the Ward and have been quite open the fact that I don’t live here. I am finishing my Master program at OISE/University of Toronto, so that has required me to live downtown for the past two years until April 2012.
Despite the fact that I do not live in the Ward, I have made it a key priority to learn about our schools, our families, and Ward 20 in all its diversity. These conversations started my campaign & will continue as your Trustee. Clearly I have not been able to knock on all doors. I want to continue to do so. I want to talk with you. Your stories, experiences, questions, concerns, and ideas are what I bring forward as your Trustee.
Even in the midst of pounding the pavement, I always try to answer your calls, emails, have extended conversations at your door, or meet you for coffee or tea. & for those who I’ve befriended already, we will continue the conversations after February 27 regardless of the outcome.
Vote for me, a true community-oriented and community-grounded voice focused on supporting our students and improving our schools.