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TDSB Statement on the Passing of Richard Bilkszto

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The Board would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of Richard Bilkszto. Richard was a strong advocate for students, particularly for those in adult and alternative education. Throughout his over 24 years in education, he worked hard to create an environment that fostered student success for students of all ages.

We recognize that many are grieving the loss of Richard, who was a colleague, mentor and friend. TDSB is in the process of gathering information to better understand the events that occurred. While we are in the early stages of the information gathering process, we share the Ministry of Education’s desire to learn what happened and will work together with them as part of any review and make any necessary changes.

For any staff in need of professional support services at any time, our Employee and Family Assistance program is available.


Colleen Russell-Rawlins
Director of Education

Audley Salmon
Associate Director
Learning Transformation and Equity

Louise Sirisko
Associate Director
Instructional Innovation and Equitable Outcomes