School board creates Indigenous trustee positions

Former Superintendent of Student Services – Special Education Steven Reid is returning to the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) as Associate Director beginning on January 1.

Reid previously served as the Board’s Superintendent of Education with responsibility for a family of schools. He remained with the board until 2014, when he was seconded to the Ministry of Education.

He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Education Quality and Accessibility Office and previously served as its Chief Assessment Officer. He has also held leadership roles at Bluewater District School Board and Toronto District School Board.

Reid’s new position with the Board is an appointment that follows a vacancy following the retirement of Associate Director Karen Friedman. “We are proud to appoint a strong educational leader who shares our commitment to raising the achievement and well-being of underserved and underperforming students,” says Director of Education Louise Sirisko.

Earlier this month, the YRDSB has unanimously approved the addition of new permanent Indigenous Trustee and Indigenous Student Trustee positions. Board staff will collaborate with Indigenous partners to determine a process for appointing the new Indigenous trustees. “As a Board of Trustees, we are serious about enhancing Indigenous education in our Board and demonstrating our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and we need to hear those voices represented at the Board table,” says Chair Juanita Nathan.

The York Catholic District School Board, meanwhile, elected Maria Marchese, Trustee for Vaughan Area 3, as Chair of the Board and Dino Giuliani, Trustee for Vaughan Area 2, as Vice-Chair, at its annual inaugural board meeting this month. Marchese has served as a trustee for five years and previously held the position of vice chair. Giuliani has served as trustee for 22 years and served as vice chair in 2004 and 2005. Each will serve a one-year term.

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