Willowdale trustee Alexander Brown was elected Chair of the Toronto District School Board earlier this week. I have worked closely with Alexander over the past several years and have found him excellent at involving the community in decision-making – something that is greatly needed as we enter the uncharted territory of school reopening during a pandemic.
In recent years, school boards have frequently turned to Willowdale representatives for leadership. In 2019, Trustee Maria Rizzo was elected to a one-year term as Chair of Toronto’s Catholic School Board. And Willowdale’s previous TDSB trustee, Mari Rutka, was also elected Chair.
We also have two former school board Chairs in our office. I chaired the North York Board of Education for four years prior to its amalgamation into the TDSB. Catherine Leblanc-Miller served as chair of the Catholic board just before coming to work in our office.