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Shelley Laskin Bio

Shelley Laskin, Trustee, Ward 11, St Paul’s TDSB


Shelley Laskin is serving her fourth term as Trustee representing St Paul's. After being first elected in 1997 at amalgamation, she served two terms and then took a break. She returned to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2010 to continue what she started. As a trustee from 1997 to 2003 and former Board Chair, she created new policies for eco-schools and equity, entrenching parental involvement in board decision-making, forged the private-public partnership to build the new North Toronto Collegiate Institute and expanded funding for anti-bullying, nutrition and literacy programs. Shelley actively served on the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) Board as a Director from 1999 to 2001 and as the Vice President, Enrolment from 2002 to 2003. She has been an alternate Director from 2010 -2012, was elected one of the three Directors representing the TDSB on OPSBA in 2013 and in 2014 was once again elected to the OPSBA Executive as Vice-President, Enrolment representing the TDSB. In 2016 she went back to being a Director of OPSBA. She was first elected to the Policy Development Working Table in 2010 at the Annual General Meeting and was Chair from 2011-2013. She is proud of working with fellow trustees, government members, opposition parties and bureaucrats on issues to improve the quality of education across the province.


During this term on the TDSB, Shelley has served on the Finance and Accountability Committee, Budget Committee, Negotiations Committee, chaired both the Policy and the Governance Committees and was the Trustee Liaison to the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee. Currently she is a member of the Policy and Governance Committee and is the Trustee Liaison to the Student Health and Well-Being Committee and the Student Nutrition Advisory Committee.


Shelley is a champion of meaningful parental engagement, inclusion, strong schools and healthy communities, active in community groups and her synagogue. She has served on the executive of the South Eglinton Ratepayers and Residents Association (SERRA), as a public member on the Children’s Clearance Committee of Advertising Standards Canada and on the Boards of Congregation Darchei Noam, Legal Aid Ontario and The Canadian Centre for Quality Education and Opportunity. Within the Ontario Public Service, she volunteers on both the United Way and Federated Health campaigns and is a champion of Diversity and Accessibility.


With a Bachelor of Arts degree and a graduate diploma in Cartography, Shelley blends planning and action. She has managed various projects within the federal and provincial government and run her own business. Currently, as senior advisor in the Ontario Public Service she promotes organizational effectiveness and board governance.


Shelley and her husband have three grown children, all graduates of Toronto’s public schools.

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