Lifelong Oakville Resident
My wife and I both grew up in Oakville attending HCDSB schools at both the elementary and secondary level. Oakville has been my home for more than 35 years and was the natural choice to raise our family as well. We currently have one child attending HCDSB elementary in Oakville and another who will as well when they are old enough to start.
Experienced, Professional, Creative
I am currently employed as a software engineer for a large financial institution. My career as an engineer has given me a wealth of experience in dealing with individuals in a professional manner. I will continue to strongly advocate for increased focus on STEM and the arts within HCDSB schools as both were large parts of my education.
Why I'm Running
I have long been following the board and have become increasingly distressed in recent years with the manner business is being conducted. The interests and well-being of staff and students are not being prioritised, and board meetings are often chaotic and disrespectful.
I want to be a part of the change the board needs, advocating for all our staff and students, ensuring we give them every opportunity for success. I want to ensure the board keeps its focus on student success and achievement.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The board needs to continue working towards a goal of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are still seeing far too many cases of anti-Black racism, 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, hate-related incidents and language, and numerous other problems which cause further marginalization of affected groups. We need to work with these communities in order to address these issues with policy change and education and training for those in the system.
Refocus the Board of Trustees
In recent years, the HCDSB Board Room has been increasingly chaotic. Several trustees are currently serving suspension for violation of the Code of Conduct. The Board of Trustees should act professionally and needs to be centered on improving conditions in schools through policies which promote equity, enhance student successes, and responsible use of public resources.
STEM & the Arts
HCDSB has piloted programs to modernize and expand STEM programs in its schools. These programs should continue to improve and roll out to provide the best student experience possible. Arts programs should also follow a similar path and celebrate those in our community.
The Board needs to engage with the community in a meaningful way. There are numerous resources in Halton who have offered assistance in the past which can be utilized to expand educational programs and provide resources to staff & students.
Oakville, especially North Oakville, is growing rapidly and as the town expands, new schools will need to be constructed, and existing facilities kept up to date to be safe, accessible and provide the best experience for staff & students. The board needs strong representation to advocate for our schools.
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Halton, as we know it today, is rich in the history and modern traditions of many First Nations and the Métis. From the lands of the Anishinabe to the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis, these lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history. As we gather today on these treaty lands, we are in solidarity with Indigenous brothers and sisters to honour and respect the four directions, lands, waters, plants, animals and ancestors that walked before us, and all of the wonderful elements of creation that exist.
We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.