December Trustee Message

Message From Our Trustee

 In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.

At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.

Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we have had several international visitors come to our system and schools to learn more about the work in our system to support student achievement and well-being, including Qatar, the Netherlands, Texas and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to have these opportunities to continue highlighting and sharing the great things happening in our schools thanks to our outstanding students, staff members, families and community partners. Your engagement makes a difference in our schools and I encourage you to continue getting involved in the life of your child’s school.

As we enter the holiday season, I am once again impressed by the generosity of our school communities and our students’ commitment to helping others.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018.


Invitation: Coffee Chat with Trustees and Board Chair (September 27)

Dear Georgina families,

You’re invited for a coffee chat. Join us in an opportunity to meet your trustee and to discuss issues that matter to you. Refreshments will be served.

What: Georgina Coffee Chat

When: September 27, 2017

7p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Keswick High School: 100 Biscayne Blvd., Keswick, ON – Library

Who: Trustee Cynthia Cordova and Board Chair Loralea Carruthers


If you have any questions, please contact (905)727-0022 ext. 2272 or

Message from our Trustee

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new and returning students and families. This is an exciting time of year and I hope you are starting this new school year like me – with optimism and a commitment to working together to continue advancing student achievement and well-being.

An important part of that commitment is working together with staff members, families and communities to ensure our schools provide an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive. This takes on increasing importance given recent local and global events. We take pride in the diversity of our communities and will continue striving to uphold the values of equity and inclusivity in our system.

As your new trustee, I have had a busy summer working with other trustees, the Board, welcoming our new Human Rights Commissioner and beginning the process of selecting a new Director of Education. We have also been hard at work implementing the Minister of Education’s other directives.

For me, an important part of the director recruitment and selection process includes collecting input from students, staff, families and community members, input that will be used to shape the job description, interview questions and more. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts through the survey which will be made available this September. Board staff and I will continue to keep you updated as this work progresses. Our schools are stronger when we work in collaboration with families and communities.

I firmly believe partnerships with parents and families are essential to achieving the goals we all have for our students, and I hope that you will find opportunities to get engaged with the school and your child’s learning this year.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming school year. Feel free to contact me should you have any concerns or questions about YRDSB.

Cynthia Cordova

Message from our Trustee

Message from our Trustee

As the school year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for all that you have done to help make this school year a successful one for our students.

We share a common goal – to give our young people every opportunity to reach their full potential, and we all have a role to play in supporting that goal.  However you choose to get involved, your engagement and support make a difference. We know that good schools become better schools when they are connected with families.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our students, families, staff members and community partners, we are creating a welcoming, caring and inclusive learning environment that fosters student achievement and well-being.

As we move into summer, I encourage you to seek out opportunities to continue and complement the learning that takes place throughout the school year.  That could mean taking a nature walk, visiting a museum or reading a book.  Whatever your plans are over the next few months, I hope you have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer.

Mrs. Nancy Elgie

Trustee for Georgina Schools

Trustee Greetings

Message from our Trustee Nancy Elgie – Board Vice-Chair – Georgina

Although winter still feels far from over some days, we are now halfway through the school year.  With report cards coming home, this is a good time to review progress and celebrate what your children have learned both inside and outside of the classroom. This is also a good time to set goals for the months ahead.

One of our goals set out in the Board of Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan is to “continuously increase student achievement and well-being through a culture of caring and learning.” Developing this supportive culture includes engaging parents/guardians and other members of the school community in public education and working together to create safe and supportive school environments that enable students to thrive.

As parents/guardians, there are many ways you can get engaged in your child’s education and support their learning, including talking with them about school, communicating with teachers, attending school events or school council meetings, and volunteering in the school. However you get involved, know that you are making a difference.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish you all the best an enjoyable and successful second term.

Greetings from our Trustee, Nancy Elgie

Welcome back to another school year.

I am happy to extend a warm welcome to our returning students and families and those who are new to our Board. I am the trustee for your child’s school and your representative on the York Region District School Board of Trustees.

I am looking forward to continuing my work to ensure that all YRDSB students receive a high-quality education within safe, caring and inclusive learning environments.

In the coming year, trustees will continue to focus on the priorities that we set out in our Multi-Year Plan: student achievement and well-being, the delivery of effective and sustainable educational programs and the responsible stewardship of Board resources.

We know that partnerships with families are essential to achieving this goal. Good schools become better schools when they are connected to parents and families.

I hope that you will find positive and meaningful ways to engage with your child’s school over the course of the year. There will be many events and activities to look forward to throughout the year and many opportunities across the Region that support parent engagement.

2015-16 promises to be an exciting year. All the best for the upcoming school year!


Nancy Elgie