‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’ – St. Teresa of Calcutta
I want to start off my first message by saying how honoured and grateful I am to be a newly elected HCDSB Trustee At Large for the City of Burlington. I take my role very seriously and I am committed to making sure that I make the best decisions possible by considering the needs of ALL stakeholders, while balancing our fiscal responsibilities and practicing good governance. I owe so much to the voters who put their faith in me, and I will work so hard to prove to them that they made the right decision in choosing me. I feel so very fortunate to be sitting alongside my fellow trustees who are as equally committed and passionate as I am about the positions that we have been elected to.
My first few months have been a whirlwind of meetings and training sessions and throwing myself head first into learning many aspects of my new role. Becoming immersed in policies and procedures, budget reviews, staffing needs, capital projects, school programming and so much more.
I am still learning in so many ways, as every day brings new questions from myself, or from parents or members of our school community. As much as I knew about our board, the role of trustee, the responsibilities that I would have and the job that we had ahead of us coming into things, I still believe there is much value in learning more and acquiring as much information as possible. As much as I have my own priorities for things I would like to see reviewed or discussed, those priorities sometimes shift or change depending on what feedback, questions or concerns I may receive from a stakeholder, or from an issue that comes forward from senior staff. I am extremely thankful for the calls and emails that I get that provide opportunities for me to inquire about certain things or give me a reason to do research into an area that may not previously have been on my radar. This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about staying close to our school communities and all stakeholders.
One of the things that I am very much looking forward to is participating on several committees as a Lead Trustee including SEAC and Discipline and as an alternate for EAP. My plan is also to attend as many other committee meetings as I can to learn more about their mandates, goals and priorities. These committee placements will provide increased opportunities to learn more about policies, and practices, student and staff needs.
It has been a pleasure getting to know my fellow trustees, our Director of Education, Pat Daly, our senior leadership team, and other key support staff who work with us day in and day out. I look forward to fostering these relationships and learning more from one another. I am thoroughly enjoying meeting so many amazing staff and students across our Burlington schools, and also having the chance to visit other HCDSB schools throughout Halton.
My hope is that my future messages will be robust with updates on what I, along with my fellow trustees, have accomplished so far, goals we have set, specific items that I am working on and highlighting the many positive things that have transpired.
Have a wonderful Easter!