We know that children succeed in education when families and communities are engaged and welcomed in their local schools. As your TDSB Ward 16 Trustee (Beaches-East York) my goal is to foster local community engagement while providing sound governance for education programs, so that our children have the best chance to succeed.
But first, let me tell you about myself.
I am a parent of three children aged 6-16 years, a Scientist, Writer, an avid Community Volunteer, and education advocate. My love of learning lead me to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and a career in Neuroscience research, teaching, and consulting.
Over the last decade I have advocated for better education standards and worked to support our community. I enjoy connecting with people and helping them find the resources they need. Within the TDSB I am the Co-Chair of the TDSB Community Use of Schools (CUSCAC) and Inner Cities (ICCAC) Community Advisory Committees. I also sit on the Special Education and French as a Second Language Community Advisory Committees and the TDSB Finance & Budget and Audit Committees. Outside the TDSB I am a member of the Ontario Active School Travel Council and I am continually working with our local Councillor and community groups on initiatives that improve community access to schools, traffic safety, and public engagement.
My focus is to ensure our education system serves student need in manner that is transparent and accountable, communicates effectively with school communities, and fosters collaborative relationships.
Trustee Michelle Aarts
Ward 16, Beaches-East York
5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON. M2N 5N8