Kathleen has served as Trustee, Waterloo/Wilmot for 11 years. During that time, she has been a member of many standing and ad hoc committees as well as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. She has a passion for policy development, a #1 responsibility of the WRDSB. A strong advocate for public education, Kathleen was a lead on the WRDSB strategic planning process that involved many stakeholders – trustees, parents, staff, teachers, and community. She looks forward to a similar inclusive process as the community engagement strategy is developed.
Kathleen is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons who attend Grade 1 and JK in the WRDSB.
Excerpts from Kathleen’s Better Choices Questionnaire
“Community engagement is my highest priority. We need to involve the community earlier in our public processes (e.g., boundary studies, accommodation reviews) so the requirements/opinions of a particular community are well known to the trustees. As a community development social worker, I feel strongly that open, transparent decision-making can only occur if all stakeholders are involved early in the process.”
“My vision includes community gardens located at schools at the design stage, schools as hubs for neighbourhoods, more ECO schools, expanded community use of schools, municipal and school board shared solutions for traffic congestion around schools, more walking school buses throughout the system, continued outdoor education and schools designed and planned so they can be repurposed for different use over time, i.e., school – community centre – affordable older adult living centres.”
“Poverty is a huge barrier to success for some of the families in the Board. Supporting a living wage for school board employees and contracted firms ensures that children in the community can come to school ready to learn because they have decent housing, ample food, proper clothing and a feeling of safety at home and at school.”
“I am on record as a union supporter. As a trustee I question staff regarding labour relations and collective bargaining issues from a perspective of union supporter, both for school board employees and outside firms.”