Toronto District School Board Head Office

July 26, 2014
Colleagues of Toronto District
  • Trustee Robin Pilkey, centre, gets a standing ovation from Sheila Cary-Meagher(left) now vice chair and Roula Anastasakos(right) and other trustees after being acclaimed the new chair of the TDSB on Wednesday. zoom

She’s experienced the college trenches since her kids were little — running parent local authorities, chairing an energetic ward forum, leading the charge for any new wing on her behalf children’s overcrowded school — therefore the new chair from the Toronto District School Board states she’s not the academic rookie she may appear.

Besides, fledgling trustee Robin Pilkey, acclaimed Wednesday as chair of Canada’s biggest school board, thinks the brand new roster of co-workers chosen last winter is keen to experience nice leave old feuds behind.

“I don’t think the board’s fractured, I truly don’t I believe individuals have a wish to cooperate and have great results out, ” stated Pilkey, 48, moments after succeeding former chair Rob Chen, who resigned to operate for that Liberals in Scarborough North within the federal election.

The chartered accountant and mother of three was certainly one of 11 new trustees chosen last November — half the board’s 22 seats — creating what Pilkey known as a collaborative spirit which has permitted it to reply rapidly to calls for change produced by Queen’s Park.

She recognized, for example, the TDSB’s recent development of the positioning of integrity commissioner — the very first Ontario school board to possess this type of position — and it is new policy to safeguard whistleblowers.

“I’m not to imply situations are perfect, but I've got a difficult time finding fault with this particular board” because the election, Pilkey stated as she required her place in the mind from the boardroom, with husband and Grade 11 daughter Maddie within the audience.

“I approach the function having a strong s‎ense of optimism. Yes, we've many challenges, however this board expires for this, ” she stated.

Vice-chair Sheila Cary-Meagher recognized Chen for getting made strides in scrubbing the board’s damaged image “by spending so much time to revive accountability and responsibility.” Chen will still be a trustee but is excused from attending conferences throughout the campaign.

Veteran Trustee Shelley Laskin praised Pilkey as supplying “a new beginning we are able to turn the page, and that’s important.” Laskin stated Pilkey’s lack of skill like a trustee is balanced by her history as “an involved and active parent that has chaired school local authorities along with a ward council and been very involved in the machine.Inches

She won support from both old and new trustees and from over the political spectrum.

Pilkey was the only candidate to operate at any given time once the board is bracing for any landmark report by former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall this month on if the school board must be considerably transformed, possibly even damaged into more compact parts, to enhance the actual way it works.

She's also overtaking as schools over the province face the potential of work turmoil once the new academic year starts.

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