Jo-Ann was TCDSB Trustee for Ward 9 from 2010 - 2018, She has a proven track record for listening to, and consulting with, the local community, standing up for those she represents, and proposing progressive change to build a more equitable school system with opportunities for success and well being for ALL students.
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Jo-Ann believes we should make our board a place of innovation & community of faith by advocating for policies & programs that:
The role of trustee exists in large part to bring local needs to Board decision-making, to call out when board policy, budgets and programs don't meet those needs, and to propose effective solutions.
This requires hearing from as many different local voices as possible,. This is done many ways - Jo-Ann has done it by regularly attending parent council meetings and organizing community meetings - seeking community input before important Board votes, through an informative trustee website, substantive school newsletters which include policy and budget updates, community surveys., and responding to constituents emails and phone calls.
See 'Community Support' page for why community members are supporting Jo-Ann
Having good working relationships with other local representatives is important as their support or approval may be needed for areas of local change..
As trustee for Ward 9, Jo-Ann's work in this area supported efforts such as securing funding for new schools - St Raymond and St Michael's Choir School - the development of Bishop Macdonell (photo above) - and $300,000 if City funding for a new park and outdoor green learning space at Monsignor Fraser Annex,
Jo-Ann has also served as Vice Chair of the City of Toronto-School Board Committee which brought together city councillors and trustee representatives from all 4 local school boards.
As one way of both informing and listening to the community, as trustee of Ward 9 (2010 -2018) Jo-Ann organized, and if elected, would introduce to Ward 4, an annual ward-wide Leadership meeting with the local School Superintendents, CSPC Chairs, principals and pastors,
The agenda is created with invitees and focused on only 3 different priority topics each year to ensure that we have the necessary resources / inputs available at the meeting, and to support meaningful discussion and shared learning.
The stated Vision for the TCDSB is that "at Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action."
The entire TCDSB community of staff, students and community members help make this Vision a reality; but, it only works if our students - who are at the centre of our Mission - are also at the centre of our decision-making.
As Ward 9 trustee Jo-Ann supported LGBTQ2S students, expanded the student voice in combating bullying and increasing school safety, advocated for Special Education, literacy (Fifth Block) and student support funding, and advocated to reduce the voting age for trustee elections to 16.
As trustee for Ward 9, Jo-Ann answered every call and email from constituents.
She helped to secure funding for 2 new schools - St Raymond elementary and St Michael's Choir School - $2 million in funding to renovate Pope Francis elementary - the development of Bishop Macdonell at Canoe Landing and $300,000 in City funding for a new park and outdoor green learning space at Monsignor Fraser Alternative school in the Annex,
Board-wide initiative as parent council Chair at St Vincent de Paul school: Jo-Ann led an initiative in May, 2019, for St Vincent de Paul school students and parents to delegate at a Board of Trustees meeting for desperately needed playground investment in support of student success and well-being. The delegations resulted in the creation of an annual $1.2M Playground Reserve, in June, 2019, for schools across the Board