Integrity Commissioner's Message
As the first Integrity Commissioner for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), I look forward to conducting oversight of the Board of Trustees’ Code of Conduct, in an independent manner having regard to the ethical responsibilities of the elected members of the Board of Trustees.
The public’s perception of ethical government decision-making is critical to its reputation and to the level of public trust and engagement. This perception shapes the public’s opinion about government officials’ personal integrity, honesty and ultimately, the government’s performance. It can overshadow all other values of a government organization, including competence, experience and expertise.
While my role is restricted to providing advice and conducting inquiries and complaint resolution in relation to the actions and conduct of Board Trustees, I will make the provision of education on the ethical obligations and responsibilities of Trustees, my first priority. As the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada, I am committed to fulfilling my mandate with the knowledge that the real focus of any work I will do is the approximately 245,000 students in 588 schools served by the TDSB.