Below are some of my broader values that inform my approach to decision-making and leadership.
- In all areas of my life, I value the participation of children and youth. Young people have a right to participate in all decisions that impact them. To me, consultation is the minimum. I believe that student involvement should be as collaborators and partners in shaping their school experiences.
- I believe that racism and colonialism are present-day issues in Canada and embedded into our public school system in various direct and indirect ways. I value the voices of those who are directly impacted by systemic racism. I understand that experiences of racism are closely connected to other systems of oppression. I support the ongoing campaign for the Ontario Human Rights Commission to establish a public inquiry into anti-Black racism in Ontario’s schools.
- I understand that current socio-political trends have led to increasing privatization of public services and spaces (including, but not limited to, education) and that this continues to harm various populations across our city in very significant ways. I believe that community-centred care and support as well as political organizing against privatization is essential and urgent.
- I highly respect the voices of teachers, other educators and school staff. I believe that their perspectives are central to a strong understanding of the challenges and successes in our schools.