Trustee Mari Rutka
Ward 12 - Willowdale
5050 Yonge Street, 5th Floor
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my Ward web page.
Whether you are a student, parent or resident, as your elected representative for the TDSB, it is my role to advocate on your behalf. On the TDSB site, and on this page, you can stay informed on whats happening at the Board, including policies under review, program updates and discussions around new initiatives to improve student success.
Here are some useful links to get you started: TDSB News
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Willowdale School News - WSN
Stay up-to-date on public education and local school news by subscribing to my e-newsletter, the Willowdale School News (WSN). Once or twice a month, I send information about what is happening at the TDSB and local venues. To subscribe, send an email to: Mari.Rutka@tdsb.on.ca.
The WSN is also archived here on my website. Click on the WSN link on the upper-left side to read past issues.
Willowdale Ward Meetings
Every year, we hold a number of meetings in Willowdale at local schools to which all those who are interested in education in Willowdale are invited. We often invite guest speakers as well. These are prominent educators and education experts to give advice on how to best support the needs of the TDSB's students. We also give updates on current educational happenings and organize events to benefit schools across Willowdale. Meetings run from 7-9 p.m. Here are this year's meeting dates:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 (Moving Forward; Arts & Alternative Programs; Traffic Safety)
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (The Perfect Talent Storm; K-12 Consultation)
New! Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (Gas Pipeline Proposal)
Another way we help get information to students and parents is our Help is Here Information Fair. This year's date is Saturday March 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will showcase as much support information as we can assemble from representatives of many departments of the TDSB, and from civic, provincial, and federal agencies as well as community agencies. This year, we will be incorporating a Youth Job Fair so that students can collect information on job search assistance and employment and volunteer opportunities. For more information, please click on the Help is Here! link on the upper left corner.
If you have suggestions for other ways to keep in touch or wish to contact us with concerns or ideas, please feel free to do so at any time!