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Pamela Gough Bio

I'm from Toronto, born and bred, raised in the Etobicoke public school system (a former board of education before Toronto amalgamated) and a graduate of an alternative high school that gave me the unique opportunity to pursue my last year of education as a self-directed learner, using the University of Toronto libraries as a happy hunting ground of educational exploration for studying the intersection of psychology, sociology and history.

I had the benefit of an amazing undergraduate experience at Trent University, a tiny university with small class sizes set in the midst of an incredibly beautiful rural natural environment. It has its own drumlin field and a wildlife sanctuary, with buildings designed by a Canadian modernist genius, architect Ron Thom, so some of the best architecture in Canada. It was small and intimate and had a great young faculty.  

In this academic paradise I graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in biology and geography and a burning desire to effect social and environmental change. I went on to do a Masters in Forestry at the University of Toronto, which some time later after a stint as a field scientist in the energy industry was followed by a Master of Teaching, also at the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

During this time I served for nine years as a trustee on the Etobicoke Board of Education, my alma mater, and it opened my eyes to the transformative power of education.

Surprisingly, for me the most important learning that I took away from my experience as a trustee on the Etobicoke Board was the experience of attending expulsion hearings and SALEPs (committees that review the needs of students who wish to leave school early in order to join the work force). It was there that I saw the intersection of the social determinants of health, equity issues, and educational outcomes for students most clearly and compellingly.

I've had the privilege of working at the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare with some of Canada's top social workers and child welfare researchers, including the amazing Dr. Cindy Blackstock who has led the way in reconciliation in Indigenous child welfare, and Dr. Esme Fuller Thompson, who is finding stunning new connections between childhood maltreatment and chronic health problems in later life.

I believe that in education we are part of a social enterprise that can powerfully affect the happiness, health and well-being of the most important citizens of our society- our children and young adults.

My motivation is the development of the social capital of the future, the opportunity to influence progressive policy and educational practices so as to impact young minds at a marvelous stage of their development when growth and change is occurring at a rate that exceeds anything in later life.

I am currently an editor in the field of education, social sciences and health, as well as representing Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Learning Centre 4) as a Toronto District School Board Trustee. 

Ward 3 - Pamela Gough

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 what’s happening at the Board, including policies under review, program updates and discussions around new initiatives to improve student success.

On this site, you can also learn more about ways you can get involved and participate in the education process, like attending Board meetings or checking out other volunteer opportunities. Education is a shared responsibility, and I welcome and encourage your participation in our public school system.

 

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