***** Please note that the 2018 Markham Municipal Elections are now over. Unfortunately, I was not successful in my campaign, but I appreciated all the people who voted for me and supported me. THANK YOU! *****
Thank you for visiting my website. I am a proud graduate and supporter of the Ontario Catholic school system, and excited to run for school board trustee for York Catholic District School Board. I am a strong believer in the value of Catholic faith in education and that such a system needs to be protected and safeguarded.
I intend to champion 3 key issues during my campaign:
1) Increasing experiential/hands-on learning for students – At The Learning Partnership, I ran the national Take Our Kids to Work program for 5 years, and one thing I heard from businesses is that students need more opportunities to engage in experiential/hands-on learning. If elected, I intend to strengthen business-community-education partnerships to allow for more diverse and robust co-op programs to be offered to high school students. For elementary students, I will push for increased hands-on learning through maker spaces to foster better understanding of science and math disciplines through creative problem solving and use of new technologies.
2) Positive student and teacher mental health – According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 15-25% of children and youth suffer at least one mental health problem or illness, ranging from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse. At the same time teachers are struggling to deal with these issues, as evidenced by a 2014 study by the Canadian Teachers Federation. If elected, I intend to advocate for enhanced training, support, and education in mental health for teachers to address students’ needs in the classroom. If students are struggling with mental health issues in the classroom, we all suffer.
3) A student’s right to accurate, timely information – I believe that a student has a right to accurate, timely information in all forms that reflect the realities of an ever changing world. If elected, I intend to champion that it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that the student has access to that information.
It is in our best interests to have a strong, publicly funded Catholic education system in Ontario that helps prepare students for the realities of tomorrow, but also helps them to be good citizens by instilling them with positive virtues such as faith, compassion, and benevolence.