2023-2024 Ward Forums
In Person Ward Forum -Monday November 20, 2023, From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Martingrove Collegiate Institute
50 Winterton Dr.
Etobicoke Centre Parents/Caregivers, School/Student Councils, Community Members, and School Staff, please join me for an In-Person Ward Forum.
- Roundtable - Effective parent/caregiver engagement and school council involvement
- Elections for PIAC Representatives
- Elections for FSLCAC Representatives
Please click here to register for the meeting
Parents/Caregivers interested in becoming PIAC & FSLCAC Representative must complete the Nomination Form for Ward 2 PIAC or https://forms.gle/7UaB5EfsL2LQmZVv5
No nominations for PIAC representative will be taken from the floor at the meeting.
If you are interested in participating for this election and vote, you must complete Ward 2 Voter Registration Form or https://forms.gle/DvhDcAVXZXTK2iai8
Light refreshments will be provided. Childcare available.
Jennifer Alexander - I have been an active school council member in Ward 2 since 2018. I have been part of the councils at Eatonville, Bloordale, and now Silverthorn. I have watched meetings regularly and was part of Virtual School Discussions with PIAC in 2020/21 and since then have considered becoming more active on the committee. I do see a disconnection in our ward and would like to help build up parent engagement in the area and connect families and councils to build closer relations that could help us all work together.
Frances Shawera - As a Mother of 6 children 5 of whom are in Ward 2 School I have an invested interest in not only my children's education but the greater Ward 2 student / parent / caregiver body. Having served 2 years on the PIAC and FLSLAC Ward 2 boards, I feel that my dedication and skill set would be an asset to serve for PIAC alone this term and continue to grow in this role. I currently hold the position of co-treasurer for my current School Council( of which 4 of my children attend ), as well as participated in 4 other Ward 2 School councils, which has allowed me to have insight and provide valuable feedback on parent engagement as well as understanding and sharing best practices. A focal point of over the years have been to identify and help reduce the barrier of parent / caregiver engagement , as well as develop effective strategies and initiatives which have allowed parents/ caregivers to be more engaged and overall improve student achievement. Given my experience and skill set, I have gained a more comprehensive understanding of my role with PIAC. I look forward to continuing my involvement for an even more successful term in this position. With that said it would be a pleasure to serve yet again another two years as the Ward 2 PIAC co-representative.
Asim Siddiqi - As a parent and active member of the community I recognize the growing and diverse needs that exist. It's imperative that parents be a source of change for the better.
Sarah Ali - My name is Sarah Ali, and I am a dedicated Community Leader and Activist with three children attending three different schools in Ward 2, ranging from Elementary to High School. I have been your Representative PIAC member for the last two years and was a former PIAC member from 2014 to 2016. Additionally, I have served as School Council Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Advisor Representative for several schools outside of Ward 2.
Having removed my children from the public school system and homeschooled them for five years before returning to the TDSB amid the pandemic, I understand the challenges families face. Currently, I am the Co-Lead of the School Council Committee, where we advocate on behalf of all school councils to establish email addresses and improve parent engagement during these challenging times.
I am deeply committed to the success of every student. For the 2024-2025 school year, as your continuing PIAC Representative, I am dedicated to ensuring a better understanding of School Council procedures and how they should be run as intended by the Ministry of Education—for parents, by parents. There is a need for increased school engagement and collaboration among various school councils. This involves:
• Organizing meet-and-greet sessions with Ward 2 school councils, especially those linked together, such as elementary, middle, and high schools. This will help parents prepare their children for smooth transitions between schools while fostering ongoing engagement.
• Providing clear guidance on the Treasurer's role and fundraising to ensure that donation money truly benefits the students in each school. I propose that proper training be provided to all Treasurers by the PCEO department at TDSB, as currently, no such training is available.
• Offering support for parents who may not be familiar with their rights and how to advocate for their children within the largest School Board in Canada.
• Sharing information about available funding for parents from both the Municipality, Provincial, and Federal levels with the Ward 2 School Councils.
• Advocating for Mental Health programs and support for students struggling amid the pandemic. Additionally, I will work towards reinstating after-school programs and activities within schools, providing students with valuable opportunities for growth and development.
My election as your PIAC Representative will ensure that I can effectively fulfill these duties. I am eager to bring my experience and dedication to this role, and I look forward to your support and vote in the upcoming election.
"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the involvement of parents." Jane D. Hull
Virtual Joint Multi Year Strategic Plan Ward Forum -Tuesday October 17, 2023 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ward 1 Trustee Dennis Hastings, Ward 2 Trustee Dan MacLean, and Ward 3 Trustee Patrick Nunziata invites you to a virtual Ward Forum to provide your input into the TDSB’s renewed Multi-Year Strategic Plan.
Please REGISTER HERE to let us know you will be attending and if you require any accommodation to participate in this discussion. .
Learn more at: www.tdsb.on.ca/MYSPRenewal
2023-2023 Past Ward Forums
Ward 1, 2 & 3 In-Person Joint Ward Forum
Please join Trustees Hastings, MacLean, and Nunziata along with special guest Stacey Zucker, Associate Director, Modernization and Strategic Resource Alignment, for an In-Person Joint Ward Forum to hear from TDSB Finance staff on the challenges facing the Board and the plan to balance the 2023-24 operating budget.
Tuesday June 6, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location & Map
738 Islington Ave
Ward 2 -Forum at Dixon Grove JMS, Thursday April 20, 2023 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Special Presentation on: Elementary and Secondary Mathematic and Academic Pathways: Jason To, the TDSB Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics and Academic Pathways, will be leading this fun math activity highlighting the changing approach to developing math skills.
Ward 2- Ward Forum April 20, 2023 -Enhancing Mathematics Education in the TDSB
Past Ward Forums
Joint Ward Forum - Long Term Program &Accommodation Strategy in Wards 2 & 3, February 10, 2022
Presentation - Toronto Lands Corporation (Daryl Sage)
Presentation - Long Term Program Accommodation Strategy (Andrew Gowdy & Daniel Castaldo)
COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 and PIAC/FSLCAC Elections-Monday, November 29, 2021
Joint Ward Forum - Return to School-Monday, August 24, 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Joint Ward Forum at Norseman Junior Public School-Thursday, February 27, 2020-Flyer
Joint Ward Forum at Etobicoke CI- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Flyer
Information Night at John G Althouse MS-Friday, June 21, 2019 Flyer
Ward 2 School Council Conference at Kipling CI- Tuesday, May 28 2019 Flyer
2019-20 Joint Budget Forum at Etobicoke CI - Thursday, March 21, 2019 Flyer
Ward Forum at Dixon Grove JMS- Thursday, February 28, 2019 Flyer