Education Matters.
Help Make it Even Better.

Every community needs leaders. As a school board trustee, you can be one - helping to shape Ontario's school system for the next generation.

Whether it is building better schools, ensuring that schools have the resources they need, or improving education outcomes for all, you can make an impact.

Here's how you can be a leader in public education.

A young girl studying
A young girl studying

Who, What

School board trustees are local education leaders. They represent the parents and children of their communities - advocating for public education.

Trustees steer school boards toward helping every student reach their full potential. They focus on student achievement, supporting academic success and empowering every student. As trustees make decisions that reflect the interests of their community, they are ensuring Ontario's education system adapts and transforms to best prepare students for challenges of our rapidly evolving world.

When, Where

You must apply to become a trustee by Friday, August 19.

School board trustees are local education leaders. They represent the parents and children of their communities - advocating for public education.

Running to be a trustee is easier thank you think. You just need to visit your local clerk’s office. You can get nomination papers from the clerk of your local municipality. They are also available online at www.ontario.ca/municipalelections.

Why

These past few years, our children have endured and persevered through many challenges. Remote learning, separation from friends and teachers, missed field trips, pizza lunches and graduations.

As we recalibrate Ontario's school system, the next generation deserve a welcoming learning environment that will promote their academic, social and emotional development.

How do we help them? How do we ensure every child is cared for? How do we give them the opportunity to get ahead?

It starts with leadership. A vision. Determination. Empathy.

If you...

Love your community and see its potential

Believe we're better when we work together

Want to bring diverse perspectives to the board

Support Ontario's world-class education system

...then we need your leadership as a school board trustee.

Your role as a TRUSTEE

Create an

Identity

for the school that everyone can buy into.

Promote

Equity

to help every student succeed.

Champion

Diversity

so kids can learn from different perspectives and backgrounds.

Foster

Inclusion

so students can create friendships that will last a lifetime.

Show our kids they matter.

Go above and beyond for them by becoming a school board trustee.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Trustees are EVERYDAY LEADERS

Being a leader isn't about where you've come from, but where you're going.

To be a leader on your school board, you need to be passionate about creating a brighter future for our children.

You don't need a background in education. You don't need to be a politician. You don't need to be in the weeds for every rule and procedure.

What matters is our kids. Your ability to cooperate. Your willingness to put the needs and interests of your community first. To be a selfless representative. To push for what's best for teachers, students and school staff.

Great ideas can come from anyone.
So can great leadership.

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Helpful experience AND KNOWLEDGE

Willingness to Learn

If you value bouncing ideas of others, if you're open-minded when entering new situations, and you thrive in a team atmosphere, then you'll be a great fit.

Basic Understanding of a Trustee's Role as Member of a Board

The corporate board of trustees is legally accountable to the electorate and to the Minister of Education. You will contribute to the collective decisions of the board and for the delivery of quality education services.

Once the board of trustees has voted, it is a trustee's responsibility to act in a manner that upholds the board's decision.

Basic Understanding of Official Meeting Procedures

As a board member, while you don't need to be an expert, it is still important to understand how rules and procedures operate within our education system.

You could observe board meetings to get an understanding of the meeting process or watch archived meeting recordings to familiarize yourself with the process.

You have a role to play.

Our education system has all the potential in the world.

We need leaders like you to help unleash it.

Show our kids they matter.

Go above and beyond for them by becoming a school board trustee.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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