A Parent. Just Like You.
As a mother of a young child (who is a special education student), and as a long-term business owner, I believe I bring a wealth of hands-on knowledge and experiences that can further benefit the children, parents, and other the stakeholders in the Waterloo Region. When speaking with parents one-on-one about their experiences, I am often told that it is “refreshing to speak with someone who truly understands what it is my family is going through”.
It has been an honour to represent constituents throughout the Region of Waterloo since 2014, when I was first elected as a trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board (Kitchener).
I am now seeking re-election, in the October 2018 municipal election, because I don’t yet feel my “job” is done. I wish to have the opportunity to continue to advocate for things that constituents bring to me and for things that I believe are important for the students, parents / caregivers, educators, staff, community partners, and community members of the Waterloo Region District School Board.
Make fiscally responsible decision that are right for the entire community;
Promote increased community involvement and enhanced communication;
Promote an open transparent operation with accountability throughout the entire school board; and
Advocate for the entire community with the goals of improving student achievement and the well-being of all students and staff.
Special education students and services;
Early identification of students at risk, regarding both well-being as well as those at risk of not graduating; and
Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all, both from a physical point of view and from an equity & inclusion point of view.
SOME OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS TRUSTEE
Use of Volunteers as Supervisors For Extracurricular Activities
I brought forward a Motion that has ultimately lead to policy changes and allows volunteers to act as supervisors for extracurricular activities in certain circumstances (such as withdrawal of services during a labour dispute).
ADHD and Exceptionality Categorization
I proposed and presented a Motion to the Ontario Public School Board Association, which has essential lead to that organization’s commitment to lobby the Ministry of Education to include ADHD in their definitions of exceptionality, as well as to provide additional resources to educators on how best to accommodate students with ADHD.
Aggression In The Classroom
I tabled a motion that lead to having the Board send a letter to the Minister of Education expressing concerns for the increasing occurrences of student aggression in the classroom, and to include a call for more funding for supports in the classroom.
In The News
Waterloo Region public board to protest interim sex-ed curriculum
(Cambridge Times | September 1, 2018)
Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHD
(Cambridge Times | June 5, 2018)
More supports needed for students with ADHD, trustee says
(CBC News | March 26, 2018)
Waterloo Region trustee lobbying to support kids with ADHD
(Cambridge Times | March 20, 2018)
Waterloo region teachers wearing Kevlar as violence in classroom grows
(CTV News | January 23, 2018)
Trustees boost school volunteers after student outcry
(The Record | July 17, 2016)
Volunteers could step in for extracurriculars during strikes
(The Record | July 15, 2016)
Allow parents to aid with extracurriculars: trustee
(Cambridge Times | November 2, 2015)