TORONTO, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards'
Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Catherine Fife was
acclaimed as President of OPSBA at the Annual General Meeting held on
June 9, 2012.
"This has been a year for intensifying our actions on OPSBA's key
priorities and keeping a focus on maintaining Ontario's investments in
public education," said OPSBA President Catherine Fife. "The very
troubling outlook for the province's economy has implications that
reach into many aspects of the work we value. We have, however, been
extremely successful in our initiatives and this is due, in no small
measure, to the conviction we bring to our roles as education leaders."
Catherine, a trustee and Chair of the Waterloo Region District School
Board, will continue to be supported in her position as President of
OPSBA by Lori Lukinuk from Lakehead District School Board, who was
elected 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President Michael Barrett from
Durham District School Board. OPSBA's President and Vice-Presidents
offer a depth of expertise and commitment that will serve the
Association well in its work in the year ahead.
In addition to the President, two Vice-Presidents and the Past
President, OPSBA's Executive Council includes: Louise Clodd,
Vice-President, Central East Region, (Trillium Lakelands District
School Board); Peggy Sattler, Vice-President, Western Region, (Thames
Valley District School Board); Graham Lidstone, Vice-President,
Northern Region, (Algoma District School Board); Mark Bailey,
Vice-President, Central West Region, (Upper Grand District School
Board); David Shields, Vice-President, Eastern Region, (Renfrew County
District School Board); and Howard Goodman, Vice-President (Enrolment),
(Toronto District School Board).
OPSBA is also pleased to announce that Peter Garrow, trustee with Upper
Canada District School Board, was acclaimed as First Nations Director.
"For 2012 -2013, it is a great honor to continue as a Director at the
OPSBA Board of Directors representing First Nation Trustees, working in
true partnerships with all Public School Trustees and their respective
Boards to raise the level of understanding of the importance of our
First Nations history, traditions, languages and culture not only for
First Nation students but for all students in Ontario. This is
extremely important as communities celebrate the 200th anniversary of
the War of 1812, yet very few Ontarians know the strategic role our
First Nation people, as allies, contributed to protect their way of
life, their territory and their communities and their future
generations as demonstrated by Treaties and alliances," said Peter
As past Director of Education for the Assembly of First Nations, Peter
brings a depth of experience, commitment and knowledge that continues
to strengthen public education for First Nation students and bring
benefits for all students.
SOURCE Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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